Monday, March 2, 2015

The Bookseller is Two Thumbs Up

This is my ARC cover. I hope
they keep it for the finale edition.
The Bookseller, by Cynthia Swanson
Publisher: Harper
Publication date: March 3, 2015
Category: Psychological, Women's Fiction
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

One thing you expect from a book with the word "book" somewhere in the title is mention of beloved real life titles. Such as the main character, Kitty, reading Something Wicked This Way Comes and that fact that her cat is named after Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Other titles relevant to the time period pop up along the way too.

But, this book! I loved it. From beginning to end it held my attention. Kitty Miller is 38, lives in a small duplex, and walks or rides her bike to the bookshop she runs with her best friend Freida. But suddenly, when she falls asleep at night, she slips into a dream world where everything in her life is completely different. The more time she spends there, the more she allows her dream life to come into her real life, until she is unsure which she prefers. And, until pieces of her dream world show up in different ways in her real world. If it comes to a choice, what will she do? How can she possibly choose?

I know that short summary of mine is pretty much all that's said of this book on sites like Amazon, but honestly, not much more can be said. Each step into the dream world is like a new revelation in the journey the reader takes with Kitty. I wouldn't want to ruin that for anyone! But, I highly recommend this book!

What is the last debut novel you loved?

20 comments:

  1. I have this one and I'm looking forward to reading it since I saw you liked it that much. Thanks for not mentioning so much and let the readers discover the story by themselves ;)

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    1. It makes for a short review, but really, I hate to spoil things for others!

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  2. OMG, I'm not sure. I tend to buy the debut books of people who've already published one or two more, so that makes them kinda old, as in not so current. More "recent"
    debuts have been THE SILENT WIFE (A.S.A. Harrison) and GALVESTON, (Nic Pizzolatto). BUT, the debuts that have lasted over the years since I read them are BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA, and THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE. Both of them increased my heart rate as I read along. And made me cry.

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    1. Oh, I have Edgar Sawtelle on my list to read this year! I'm glad you mentioned it! Come April I don't have any commitments and I get to read whatever my heart desires.

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  3. This sounds like a really fun premise and it is hard for me to say no to a bookish protagonist. This also struck me as a potentially wistful and sad book since it seems like the main character might like her dream life more than her real one.

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    1. It is wistful. It's almost like you start cheering in a certain direction and then there's a "but"...

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  4. Definitely adding this one to my TBR!!

    Also...I've nominated you for some Blogger Awards!http://palmerspageturners.blogspot.com/2015/03/blog-awards.html

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  5. I've been wondering about more of the plot of this one. I'm glad that it met your bookish expectations. Nothing worse than when a book that's supposed to be about book love falls flat.

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  6. I'm not familiar with the author, and this book sounds intriguing. I'll be on the lookout for it!

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    1. This is her first book. I think she's written for magazines previously.

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  7. Such a fun idea and I love any book that is about bookish things!! SOunds wonderful, and you're right. This cover is awesome.

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    1. I think the biggest role the bookstore she runs plays is that it makes her dream life vivid and believable. A reader is likely to have a good imagination. I don't think this is stated straight out, but I just thought of it when I read your comment.

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  8. This sounds like such an interesting read - I love the premise. I'll be on the lookout for this one!
    :-)
    Life’s Open Pages

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  9. This sounds super fabulous, and it's going on my Goodreads wishlist right now.

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    1. Yay! Read April's post too! She considered level of expectation differently and it affected her response to the book.

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  10. I received this one last week and I can't wait to read it. I love that there are positive and not so positive reviews about it. I have no expectations, but I hope I will enjoy it!

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    1. I think having no expectations will help.

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