A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading.
Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy–and one final scavenger hunt.
When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books–now as its owner–she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden–and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.
Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.
Miranda has no plans to stay in Los Angeles. Her life is in Philadelphia where she is a history teacher plus, she just moved in with her boyfriend. But, when her uncle passes away he leaves her everything, including one of her favorite places ever, Prospero Books. He also leaves her clues to a scavenger hunt. This opens up a whole new world of secrets that may be better off left alone.
Well! Any book about a bookstore or books…I am ON TOP OF THAT! I love that this book creates the perfect spot for a reader. The book shop employees and patrons fit the story perfectly. They are a creative bunch which add so much to the tale and Miranda’s quest to keep the store afloat.
Miranda has really been kept in the dark. I love the way the author created a specific set of clues for her. They are in books, with different people and even at an old cabin. I have to be careful with what I say. I do not want to give away a spoiler and there is a pretty big turn toward the end. I did see it coming…so pay attention.
This is a wonderful read for a bibliophile. All the books and the mystery are a perfect companion for any type of reader.
I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review