Book Reveiw: “The Bookstore” by Deboarah Meyler

7 04 2013

Title:  The BookstoreImage

Author: Deborah Meyler

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Publisher:  Gallery (Simon & Schuster)

US Release Date:  August 20, 2013

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:  British PhD student Esme Garland finds herself unexpectedly pregnant by her pretentious boyfriend.  While she battles the demons of her situation, she finds employment at her favorite bookstore – The Owl.  The unusual group at the Owl provide her with support and comfort as she deals with trials of this time.

What reader doesn’t gravitate to a book about people at a bookstore?  But despite the title, this book is more about the main character in the story, Esme.  She’s a scholarship student at Columbia, and her world is fractured by the circumstances.  Throughout the book, she finds herself challenged again and again to make the right decision.  Her British temperament makes her a victim to the wiles of her erratic boyfriend (the baby’s father), who although wealthy hasn’t figured out what it means to be an adult.

The characters at the Owl make this story.  While Esme describes them, she seems to miss seeing who they really are in many ways – especially with one of them who obviously cares deeply for her.  But ultimately this group is a family of sorts, and Esme’s journey opens her mind to this realization.

It was a very fast paced story, with a lot of “field changes” so to speak.  As things seemed resolved in a certain direction and begin slowing down, something unexpected happens to charge it all back up again.  I found that once I got into the story, I had to finish it.

Great effort for a first novel.

Recommend for: Women’s literature fans.

Note:  I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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