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Found in a Bookshop: The perfect Autumn read - heart-warming and unforgettable

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Overall the feeling of being back in lockdown and if you suffered from separation from your family or a devastating loss then really this isn’t the book for you.

Yes, this novel is set during the first few months of the Covid pandemic, but don't let that stop you from reading it, especially if you enjoyed the first in the series as much as I did. However this just left many underdeveloped characters, when she had written compelling main protagonists to begin with. I work in the library and read over 100 books a year in various genres but still would not be so presumptuous as to think I could recommend books to people I don’t know. Everyone had differing experiences in the Covid pandemic, and their needs differed depending on their jobs/ home life/ security/ wants and desires. As a book lover, nothing makes me happier than reading about people discovering books and finding joy and solace within the pages of books.I loved the concept of getting books as part of mental health and how they can help us through rough times.

But the Kindle edition was available for just 99p, and we were just a few days away from flying to the UK. This sparks an idea in Loveday and it makes her realise that there is something positive they can do to help people through the crisis and help the business into the bargain. I also liked the times when the author directly addressed the reader, telling us that it is okay not to love the book that everyone else is raving about, and that it’s okay to give up on a book which we are not enjoying, that reading should be a pleasure and not a chore.I think a part of this was because the story is driven far more by the characters than by the plot and I'd be hard-pressed to define exactly what the plot is. This book tells the story through multiple different character POVs and gives some brilliant book recommendations along the way, prescribing reading as a form of therapy which I'm always on board with. There is a great deal of talking about, loss in all its forms and I was very upset at times during the book.

I rarely get emotional reading but this book is so beautifully poignant and touching, speaking if a time when the world stopped, how we all feared how it would end and did the best we could for ourselves and those we love, a gentle hug of a story. All in all, I enjoyed the book and look forward to exploring the reading suggestions at the back of the book. This is the first book that I have read which has featured the recent COVID pandemic in the forefront of the plot. There’s a woman who’s just escaped from an abusive husband…and there’s a moody teenager who takes what seems to be an irrational dislike to Kelly.But it worked very well as a flight book - it’s an engaging story with people who got under my skin. This is a time when, pre-vaccine, people who caught Covid were extremely ill, when NHS staff were exhausted, when other key workers such as supermarket workers and public transport staff daily put themselves at risk and when in general, most people were genuinely terrified. I suppose it’s ironic that I read this on my Kindle, since the emphasis is very much on reading real books - mostly second-hand, previously loved, with the different smells and feelings associated with different styles of book. There are lots of excellent book recommendations scattered around in there too - frankly, loads and my to be read list has increased greatly, which is always a bonus. Fell in love with the characters and their stories that happened in a time that I turned to books as well.

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