Drama, Romance

The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel


I requested a chance to review this because I was more than a little tempted by the pretty cover and the blurb seemed pretty interesting too. I liked the book and it was a quick read. It had a few unexpected bits but not in the places they usually occur.

This is a story of three women, two in our present time and one in the past (1800s). Emily Fairfax is orphaned too early and is struggling with life and things just get harder for her over time. In our present, we have two American women who are drowning in the issues they have in their lives and end up in the same town in Cornwall, trying to keep a bookstore afloat. Emily’s story is interesting because although the society at large works against her, the people around her help bolster her up and provide her with guidance towards the goal she envisions for herself. Sophia Barrett and Ginny Rose are strong women who help each other improve the bookstore that is more of a burden than anything else at this point. Sophia gets interested in Emily’s fate and tries to track her existence down from old documents and people who could help her. The only off thing was the inclusion of ‘faith’ and ‘God’s will’ out of the blue. It was the suddenness of the idea and the fact that it was introduced in the middle of the story and then started to become a prominent feature in the events that followed, made it feel awkward(for me). Other than that tiny issue I had with it, I liked the women, and the way they worked together and how it all comes together in the end. I would recommend it to people who like reading books of this genre.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. The review is completely my own opinion.

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