Brought together by a charming bookstore in England, three women fight to defy expectations, dream new dreams, and welcome love into their lives.
As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn’t dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature.
Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who’s decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she’d be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband’s dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them—and Ginny’s brother-in-law, William—the bookstore might stand a chance.
Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress—as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch.
Eager to know more of Emily’s story, Sophia goes on a quest—dragging Ginny and William with her—to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny’s need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel is an enchanting story. The characters inspire hope in a world that seems so dark and unpromising. Sophia is suffering her own kind of struggle. She pushes it and moves away. However, Sophia finds more than the she thought she would. There in a bookshop, she becomes friends with Ginny the store owner and her brother-in-law, William. Sophia finds a discovery of a lifetime. It is that discovery that she entagles the help of Ginny and William. I was dying with curiosity. Traveling back in forth from the present to the past, each piece of the puzzle was given. I loved the historical journey back in time. Relationships are complicated enough and those from the past are even more so. The beginning, middle, and most of the ending was heartfelt. My heart melted for the characters. Hope indeed exists, just that we have to be patient enough to wait for it. Overall, I highly recommend this literary novel to all.
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