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  • A spellbinding read

    “A magical library. A broken family. A dangerous secret” When Sophie’s mother disappeared when she was a teenager, she thought she has been abandoned by her. Now following in her footsteps as a bookbinder, Sophie is offered a job at Ayredale Library which is the last place her mother was seen all those years ago. Jumping at the chance to work there, will she get answers to the questions that she so desperately craves? A tale of mystery, magic, family secrets and love, The Bookbinder’s Daughter immediately drew me in to its world and I was completely taken with the story. It’s engaging and immersive prose, had me transported into the pages, which had me experiencing it as its characters do. My first book by Jessica Horne, this was such a great introduction to her work. The plot is strong and intriguing, its characters well developed and memorable for many different reasons and has been well thought out and put together. All up a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more from the author.

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  • Magic!

    Magic! This isn’t a book about witches casting spells. This book is so much more than that. It’s a book about binding spells since the time of creation, libraries that contain special collections, and the people that keep that magic from escaping. It’s suspenseful and thrilling and wondrous.. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Three and a half

    Three and a half This was a fabulous idea in an amazing setting. The Sophie we meet has recently lost her father so is in quite a quandary really with an exceedingly controlling boyfriend Victor telling her how to live her life. She seems to have lost all memory of what happened to her mother fifteen years ago and indeed has no true recollection of living with both her parents. Her uncle contacts her offering her a prize position at a prestigious library and Sophie whilst unsure of exactly what she will find there takes the plunge and leaves her old life behind. Her new environment starts to trigger old, long buried memories. As Sophie reconects with those she played with as a child the library itself and that which it houses become very real with secrets revealed that change the course of Sophies life. I loved the feel of this story as at times no matter that it's a contemporary story it definitely had gothic vibes. The people around Sophie constantly act mysteriously so initially it was hard to know who to trust but certainly there are a couple of very obvious nasty characters out for themselves. There is magic although at times it had a dreamlike quality. I am pleased that Sophie found her place in the library but still somehow feel that at times I just wanted to feel a tad more connected with the characters. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

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  • Magical perfection!

    On how I loved this story!!. A magical library with beautiful old books that Sophie restores. The handsome Will, an old flame who may still have her heart. Plus the evil Victor who has run her down and.made her feel inferior and has cut her off from family and friends so she feels she can only interact and socialise with him. ..I was drawn by the magic aspect but boy was there a lot more to this story!!. It picks you up and pulls you in!. I was totally absorbed into the story!. I hope there is more to this book and it becomes a series...... Thanks to Netgalley for the free ARC book for an honest review.

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  • A new fresh magic world

    A new fresh world of magic, where both main characters and readers are introduced beautifully through its pages until there is no other way than to love it and appreciate it. This was my first book by Jessica Thorne, I am more than glad I picked it. She wrote more than fantasy in this book in a certain and remarkable way. Lovely and encouraging!

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