Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Literature
Here’s a book that will make a fun read for book lovers everywhere. Lucy Alling loves her job. Her boss, Sid, is one of the most respected antique dealers in all of Chicago. She mostly just keeps track of inventory and works with the customers, but she also sells rare books. She grew up loving books and the stories as if they were close personal friends of hers. Some of her ways of obtaining the books are sometimes suspicious. When this factor is discovered, she ruins her relationship with her boss and boyfriend, James. She learns that something has to change. She has to change.
Helen, James’ grandmother, hires Lucy as her companion for a trip to England just as her methods are being discovered. Little does Lucy know, that Helen also has secrets of her own that she must face. In fact, Helen understands the predicament that Lucy is in.
Did I mention that the trip to England is also a literary book tour? Katherine Reay makes the reader feel as if they are right there in England with the characters. Filled with lots of quotations from many classic authors that will make bookworms squeal with excitement. They visit places such as the home of Beatrix Potter, the Brontë sisters, and many others. Oh! I almost forgot about the food. Katherine Reay describes the food in a way that makes you want to actually try it for yourself.
There is romance, but that is not the main focus of the story. It mostly focuses on Helen and Lucy. Helen is my favorite character in the whole book. She shows Lucy how to move forward after coming clean about her secrets. She is so full of wisdom and she treats Lucy as if she were her own granddaughter.
Now I will be honest, Lucy isn’t the most exciting character. She isn’t exactly relatable and sometimes the pace of the story was slow and boring, but otherwise, I enjoyed it.
I also am not sure how or why this is considered Christian Fiction, because there is nothing in the book that relates to that other than a little quotation from C.S. Lewis.
This was my first book by Katherine Reay. While this isn’t my favorite book in the world, I plan on reading more of her books in the near future. She is a talented writer and her research shines through. Thanks for inspiring us all Katherine Reay!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Katherine Reay has enjoyed a lifelong affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked in not-for-profit-development before returning to school to pursue her MTS. Katherine lives with her husband and three children in Chicago, Illinois.