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  • A great book club pick

    A dual time line book that includes Katie from present day and Nancy Mitford from the 1940’s. This book alternates between the two with Katie’s journey of getting her life and writing back on track and with Nancy Mitford’s life and writing career during WWll. Their connection is through a London Bookstore, Heywood Hill, where Nancy worked and Katie discovers while visiting. When Katie’s life couldn’t get any worse, she receives a call from a friend, JoJo in London offering her to come live with them, in order to take a break from her current life and get her writing career back on track. She agrees and her friend recommends she visits Heywood Hill bookstore where she discovers Nancy Mitford, which becomes her inspiration for her next book. With this discovery, will this give Katie the push to write another book or will she continue to have bad luck? This book is engaging and fast paced. I loved the history the reader gets through Nancy Mitford, while getting the real life present day struggles of an author, Katie. I also enjoyed the real life epilogues the author includes in her author’s note. A great book club pick!

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  • Interesting and enjoyable read

    The Bookseller's Secret is an intriguing read told in dual time lines which I quite enjoyed. There is Nancy Mitford and Kate Cabot, both are authors in different eras and both are having trouble writing their next book. When Kate goes to London and discovers the book store that the famous Nancy Mitford worked at during the war, she is intrigued and just the thought of a missing manuscript has Kate more than interested. There are secrets , mystery and romance as the pages fly by. I enjoyed learning about the Mitford sisters , I knew of them but not much about them. The epilogue at the end was much appreciated. Michelle Gable did a wonderful job with all the dialogue and I felt that I was right there in the bookshop. I am off to look up Michelle's other books.

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  • Tedious

    I had trouble getting into this novel. So much so that it took me 5 days to finish it instead of the 2-3 books normally take me. Bouncing between Nancy Mitford during WW 2 and Katharine Cabot in present day made it easy to put down. Katie is in London to work at the same bookstore that Nancy did in the hopes of finding a lost manuscript for journal of Nancy's. I found it all very tedious and even the ending couldn't save it.

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  • A good faction fiction!

    I rate it a 3.5 stars... or 3.75! I liked this book... but I cannot tell you why? Faction fiction is not my usual literary preference nor am I familiar with Nancy Mitford's work but I enjoyed reading this novel with it's parallel narratives, it's flawed yet relatable characters and it's timeless themes of seeking happiness and importance of personal growth. It was fun!

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