When a woman inherits her estranged mother’s bookstore in London’s Primrose Hill, she finds herself thrust into the pages of a new story—hers—filled with long-held family secrets, the possibility of new love, and, perhaps, the single greatest challenge of her life.
When Valentina Baker was only eleven years old, her mother, Eloise, unexpectedly fled to her native London, leaving Val and her father on their own in California. Now a librarian in her thirties, fresh out of a failed marriage and still at odds with her mother’s abandonment, Val feels disenchanted with her life.
In a bittersweet twist of fate, she receives word that Eloise has died, leaving Val the deed to her mother’s Primrose Hill apartment and the Book Garden, the storied bookshop she opened almost two decades prior. Though the news is devastating, Val jumps at the chance for a new beginning and jets across the Atlantic, hoping to learn who her mother truly was while mourning the relationship they never had.
As Val begins to piece together Eloise’s life in the U.K., she finds herself falling in love with the pastel-colored third-floor flat and the cozy, treasure-filled bookshop, soon realizing that her mother’s life was much more complicated than she ever imagined. When Val stumbles across a series of intriguing notes left in a beloved old novel, she sets out to locate the book’s mysterious former owner, though her efforts are challenged from the start, as is the Book Garden’s future. In order to save the store from financial ruin and preserve her mother’s legacy, she must rally its eccentric staff and journey deep into her mother’s secrets. With Love from London is a story about healing and loss, revealing the emotional, relatable truths about love, family, and forgiveness.
Valentina has just inherited her mother’s estate. She has not laid eyes on her mother since she was a young child. So, this is not exactly what she expected. But, when she arrives in London, she finds a mystery and life changing information which changes her mind about her mother.
Valentina thought her mother just up and left her when she was a small girl. But it seems to be a bit more complicated than that. She discovers things were not as they appeared and her father was not the man she thought he was.
What is it about a novel that has a bookstore in it and book references that just tend to make you just fall in love? I enjoyed so much about this tale! I could just picture the book store and Percy the cat. Add in the book references and the scavenger hunt…and I was hooked from start to finish!
Need a feel good story with great characters and BOOKS…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.