13 May 2019

The Printed Letter Bookshop | Book Review


Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop.

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened her heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 14, 2019


I’m glad I can still say that I have yet to be disappointed by a Katherine Reay novel. The Printed Letter Bookshop is a delightful read, and despite obvious similarities to The Secrets of Paper and Ink (which I read and loved earlier this year), it’s a story wholly worth reading.

When the owner of the Printed Letter Bookshop dies, the lives of three women—Madeline, Janet, and Claire—upend in life-changing ways. Madeline’s plans for her life didn’t pan out as expected, Janet has years of shame and loneliness to overcome, and Claire is struggling in her role as a mother. The small-town bookshop unites these women in unlikely friendship, and as they each determine how best to move forward, their story together proves uplifting and heartwarming.

If you enjoy contemporary fiction, especially when it involves a bookshop, plenty of book references, and a touch of romance, I highly recommend The Printed Bookshop.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Katherine Reay’s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist and winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut and Best Contemporary. She is also the writer behind Lizzy & Jane, The Bronte Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price and The Austen Escape – all contemporary stories with a bit of “classics” flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, former marketer, avid chocolate consumer and, randomly, a tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family presently live outside of Chicago.



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