Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

She's a young naive English woman here on a scholarship to study art.  Her boyfriend is from a wealthy family and has some problems with relationships.  What turns her life upside down is to find out she's pregnant...

Gallery Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to download an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It will be on sale August 20th, so you will want to make a note on TBR list to pick it up later.

The title was what drew me into this book.  I thought it would be a tale of working at the local used bookstore and her relationships with those people she worked with and met there.  It was, but it was much more about her innocence and lack of experience with men.  It should have been titled "Innocence Lost".

Esme enjoys being loved, especially by someone as handsome as Mitchell.  When she discovers she's pregnant, she's anxious to tell him and see what he thinks.  She's hoping he will be excited.  When she attempts to tell him, he breaks up with her.  He never even listened to what she wanted to tell him.  That should have been her first clue.

She decides to keep the baby and goes on with her life.  The bookstore staff support her and care about her welfare, so she's not alone.  Then Mitchell shows up again.  She hasn't learned from his first break up with her, even though he said cruel things to her.  I was as innocent as that once, but I got smarter a lot quicker than Esme does.

The main plot is about how dsyfunctional Mitchell is and how destructive his relationship with Esme is.  There is a lot of good book information and camaraderie that offsets the emotional trauma somewhat, but it reminded me of a lifetime movie more than a documentary about a bookstore.

It was an interesting read.  I found myself wanting to yell at Esme:  "Don't do that!  Are you stupid?"  Some women set themselves up to be hurt; that's life.  I prefer stronger characters but this might be very well be your cup of tea.  We all have different reading interests and that's what makes the world go 'round.

Why not grab a copy in August and see what you think?

Happy reading!     

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