Review of the Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

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About the Book

I love Katherine Reay’s whimsical, illustrated covers! You can buy The Printed Bookshop through my Amazon affiliate link  HERE .

I love Katherine Reay’s whimsical, illustrated covers! You can buy The Printed Bookshop through my Amazon affiliate link HERE.

Book: The Printed Letter Bookshop

Author: Katherine Reay

Genre: Women’s fiction, romance

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Amid literature and lattes, three women come together and find that sharing one’s journey with best friends makes life richer.

When attorney Madeline Carter inherits her aunt’s bookstore in a small town north of Chicago, she plans to sell it and add the proceeds to her nonexistent “investment portfolio.” But plans change when Madeline discovers the store isn’t making money and she gets passed over for promotion at her firm. She quits in protest, takes the train north, and decides to work at the store to prep it for sale. Madeline soon finds herself at odds with employees Jessica and Courtney; when she also finds herself attracted to an affianced man, it only confuses the entire situation.

After blowing up her marriage two years earlier, Jessica has found solace working at the bookstore and a kindred spirit within its owner, Maddie Cullen. But when Maddie dies and her niece, Madeline, barges in like a bulldozer, Jessica pushes at the new owner in every way-until she trips over common ground. Soon the women are delving into online dating and fashion makeovers, and Jessica feels the pull to rediscover her art, a love she thought long behind her.

After a night of bad decisions leaves the store in peril, Courtney arrives and tries to save the day. While she, too, found sanctuary in the little bookstore, she knows it’s under-insured, in the red, and will never survive. When she discovers her teenage daughter has played a part in vandalizing the store, Courtney taps into strength she didn’t know existed-or had long forgotten. The quietest of the three, she steps up and finds a way to save her family, the store, and the precious friendships that have grown within it.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is the story of friends who find each other-and themselves-in a place none of them ever expected.

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About the Author

Katherine Reay, author of Christian fiction. Check out her  website .

Katherine Reay, author of Christian fiction. Check out her website.

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and isa wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.

More from Katherine

Don’t you love bookshops?

Every time I walk into a bookstore, it feels like a rainbow cracked open and rained a kaleidoscope of light, life and possibilities before me. I find worlds within the world and a call to adventure.

Each bookshop tells a different story. It tells of its loyal beloved customer base. It reflects the personality of its owner and staff. It carries the aura of the stories it offers to us.

And it was the perfect place to dig into lives, hearts and book loves of Janet, Claire and Madeline. These three women, at different stages in life, meet at the Printed Letter Bookshop, with all the romance and wonder it holds, and learn to work through their challenges together. They become the friends that each didn’t know she was missing.

There is also a fourth woman I loved spending time with in the Printed Letter Bookshop — its original owner, Maddie Carter. Maddie doesn’t step onto the stage even once, but her presence, her love and her guiding hand are apparent from page one as Janet, Claire, and Madeline grow in friendship and in faith.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a love letter to books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship. I hope you savor your time with these three women — And, book lovers rejoice, there is a list of all the books they allude to in the back of the book!

Lila’s Opinion:

The POV is unique in that each chapter has not one, not two, but three distinct first-person POVs. We get the story from Madeline's, Janet's, and Claire's perspectives. The author does a wonderful job of keeping these voices distinctive.

I think I want to re-read this book later and see if I can just read each person's story from beginning to end (just from Madeline's perspective, then just from Janet's perspective, and then just from Claire's perspective). It was almost like having three stories in one, though they did intertwine quite a bit.

After finishing, it still made me think. I'm trying to come up with the major themes. Forgiveness is one, as well as getting all the facts before making a judgment, deciding what success means to you, the importance of firmness with love in parenting teens, and how good people can still impact lives even after death.

However, the first four chapters are very depressing, filled with almost no hope, no joy. It's not the kind of book I wanted to read at 4 am when I couldn't sleep. I didn't know that. But eventually the mood picked up.

One other disappointment was that I was wishing for a stronger faith thread. There was mention of a priest and a couple mentions of God, but no mention of Jesus, though He would have been the only way Janet could have changed at the end.

I also loved all the references to classic books, as well as a few musicians. It was really interesting and inspiring to see how reading a list of carefully chosen books made such a difference in the lives of the characters. This is what all authors dream will happen to at least a few of our readers. After all, “you are what you read” (“You've Got Mail”movie reference). ;)

Quote from  the Printed Letter : "There's something comfortable and secure about people who color within the lines."

Quote from the Printed Letter: "There's something comfortable and secure about people who color within the lines."

Favorite quotes:

  • “I feel as if he's been waiting for me to find him. Not because he's reaching out, but because it's a duty. Politely acknowledge the ex-wife. Check. Seth always performs his duty. He's kind of like Claire in that way, which is probably why I never bop her. There's something comfortable and secure about people who color within the lines.” (p.14)

  • “It was a laugh without subtext—genuine, soulful, and rich. It filled her with a sense of awe and terror—both then and now. Awe that someone could feel such genuine pleasure at the mundane; terror that she might never again feel it herself.” (p.19)

  • “With each sale of furniture, sacrificed for this place, something had cracked inside me. I thought, at first, it was the end—my security wrenched away piece by piece. But rather than break me, the cracks opened spaces that had never existed before.”

(I received this book for free. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)


To celebrate her tour, Katherine is giving away a paperback copy of The Printed Letter Bookshop to one lucky winner!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

The Printed Letter Bookshop on tour with Celebrate Lit, from May 14-27. Check out each stop for more entries in the giveaway!

The Printed Letter Bookshop on tour with Celebrate Lit, from May 14-27. Check out each stop for more entries in the giveaway!