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The Secrets of Paper and Ink

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.

A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England--a place she's learned to love through the words of her favorite author--and finds a place to stay wit
Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I felt such a connection to Sophia, She lost her husband and tried to lose herself in books. I just lost my only daughter and I try everyday to get lost in books. Sophia felt at home in a book store I to go to a book store on the weekends and feel at home. This book really was wrote for me. I loved all three ladies but Sophia was my hero. I gave this book 4.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it!
Thanks to my best friend for giving me a copy of it, I will reread it again and again in hopes that I to w
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm all warm and fuzzy after reading this.
What a lovely book. I found this well written and easy to follow. The different pov from different characters all flowed well together.
The secret of Paper and Ink is a wonderful story of three women, total strangers, whos lives are deeply entwined.
I loved the characters and didn't want to stop reading , desperate for the next piece of the puzzle to fall into place.
The writing is so rich and deep in places i re read some chapters.

I loved how It ended b
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Let me say first of all that, while Harrel’s books are more women’s fiction with a dash of romance, that dash is super well done. Romantic tension sparks off the page, and the tenderness of the romances on these pages made my heart ache at its beauty. If she ever wants to write a purely romantical novel just for fun, I will be first in line!

However, I will also be first in line for any future women’s fiction novels Harrel delivers. I loved The Heart Between Us, but The Secrets of Paper and Ink s
R.J. Rodda
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would love to visit the bookshop in this book - it has a loft where you can read and delicious baked goods as well as the enticing bonuses - a free muffin if you buy a book - yum!

The bookshop aside, what this book is actually about is the journeys of three very different women. I enjoyed the historical section the best - Emily and Edward’s story was romantic and sad and mostly lovely.

There are a lot of messages Thank overtly stated in this text - don’t victim blame; pursue what makes you hap
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a charming story, combing the stories of three very strong women as they face the challenges of love, family, heartbreak, and following their dreams.

Sophia Barrett is still wrestling with conflicting feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. After a return to work goes badly, she escapes to the setting of her favourite novels, Cornwall, England. There she meets fellow American, Ginny Rose who is trying to save her bookstore in the wake of her husband’s aband
Carrie Turansky
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio version and highly recommend it! Lovely setting, touching story, very well done.
Heidi Chiavaroli
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From Endorsement:

In a delightful weaving of past and present, Lindsay Harrel creates authentic characters around a moving story that both inspires and encourages. The Secrets of Paper and Ink is about broken people, second chances, hope, and—my personal favorite—the incredible power of story.
Abby Breuklander
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't even put into words how much I love this story! Whether we realize it yet or not each one of us has a story to tell. Every single day that we've lived is full of experiences to share with others, both the good and the bad. Each one is a piece that only God could write, usually involving moments that can completely take us by surprise and steal our breath away. These moments may not be just for us alone either, we never know who God has waiting in the wings to bring into our lives and joi ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
“...I knew what I needed to do. ‘I surrender.’ The words returned to me on the wind. Opening my arms wide,I twirled in the radiant sunlight...a new sense of purpose burning in my soul.”

I really enjoyed this read...and I found it fairly easy to follow the three main characters throughout their journey in life. The reader becomes the characters...rooting for their victories and empathizing in their failures. Life doesn’t go the way we expect or plan, but our Creator knows what is best. God is the
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read this author’s previous book last year I was absolutely blown away! It was one of my absolute favorite reads from 2018 and the story stuck with me the way few books do. So to say that this book was one of my most anticipated reads for this year would be an understatement! And this book lived up to and exceeded my every expectation! It was beautiful and amazing and I was completely lost in this fictional world from beginning to end. I loved everything. The characters were wonderfully w ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. So here goes … first off, I loved the cover and to be honest it was what drew me to the book. Unfortunately the story did not stack up to the cover and it certainly did not wow me like most of the other reviewers. It was a pleasant enough read and I enjoyed the story line of Sophie and William trying to uncover the mystery of Emily. But overall I found it a tad too sentimental and predictable. And I felt ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing novel! Fair warning: though I will try my best there is no way this review will even come close to doing this book justice! I recently read this author's previous novel The Heart Between Us and loved it, so needless to say that made me even more excited to read this new one. This book sucked me in on page one and didn't let me go. I was delightfully surprised to discover that this is in fact a time-slip novel (which is one of my favorite things!) I instantly connected with ( ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
My first Lindsay Harrel novel and most definitely will not be my last! She has a beautiful talent for creating characters that will make you feel like family, and a plot line that is full of faith and hope.

I wasn’t sure what I would gain from this book, at first. It’s got emotional triggers, as someone who has gone through the emotional domestic abuse in the past. But, the way Harrel weaved the pain and heartache, the hope and faith, together, she created a novel that completely engulfed me. I l
4.5 stars
The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a delightful and heartwarming story. Ms. Harrel has given us three heroines to love. Sophia travels to Cornwall, on a journey of healing and self-discovery. She quickly makes friends with Ginny and her brother-in-law, William. Her discovery of an old journal leads them on a quest to uncover the secrets of its mysterious author, Emily Fairfax. Ms. Harrel masterfully entwines this quest with Sophia's own emotional journey. Serious topics of abuse and infide
Nora St Laurent
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m thrilled and tickled when a novel is filled with things I love. This one combines passionate book people, books, bookstores, creativity, caring people and some scenes are at a lovely B & B. I instantly connected with these characters and their situations as each seeks healing and hope in unexpected places.

This authors third novel brings together a heart-warming story filled women learning what love is, what being loved looks like, friendships is important, and there are different ways to
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel is my first novel by this author--but I am looking forward to more of her books. This book is a beautiful weaving of the past and present as we read the story of three women's lives.

Sophia Barrett is a trained counselor who realizes she needs to face her own pain and past before she can continue to help other women.

Ginny Rose is a bookstore owner in England facing her own tough relationship challenges who also needs to help save her dying bookstore
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The Secrets of Paper and Ink – a delightful novel with a clever title that leads to a most pleasurable reading experience! This story, by new-to-me author Lindsay Harrel, has three elements that I greatly love – the genre is women’s fiction (with a dual timeline), the setting is British (Cornwall, England), and bookish elements are woven throughout (cozy bookshop, references to classics, and a most appealing literature professor). This well-w
Courtney Clark
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What’s better than books? Books with bookish characters, of course!

The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Linsday Harrel fits this description wonderfully. From the bookish nature of one of the heroines, Sophia, to the delightful English village & bookstore setting, this novel encapsulates important themes within a charming environment to deliver its message of healing with care.

The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a delightful women’s fiction novel with a literary bent, historical threads, a little rom
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I went into this totally blind and apprehensively, expecting it to be a semi-racy romance. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be Christian fiction. No sir, no smut here! The plot was predictable, perfectly so, but I did enjoy it.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a well written, beautiful story, about three incredible women. Ms. Harrel has a special way of weaving two couples from the present and the past, and a flawless way of connecting them.
This story is about love, forgiveness and faith and it is book-ended by romance.
I picked up The Secrets of Paper and Ink and it grabbed me by the heartstrings from the first page. I could not put it down. For me this was a very emotional read. Often I found my self in tears. Ms. Harrel does an excellent job of
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know that I have read a book that spoke to me as deeply as this one. It is hard to even describe it. I was sitting in a public place, reading and was struggling to hold back tears. For me, that is something that meant it touched me somewhere beyond the surface. 

I loved the story, both the modern and historical. The author did an incredible job of capturing the novel location, but also the hard topics that she touched on. Domestic Violence, abandonment, and discovering oneself all are pac
Chautona Havig
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read anything by Lindsay Harrel, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when The Secrets of Paper and Ink arrived. It hinted at women’s fiction, romance, historical mystery… so many things. Could an author really meld such diverse topics and ideas into something I’d love?

In a word, yes.

Lindsay Harrel takes the reader on an emotional journey of rejection, self-discovery, brokenness, surrender, and healing.

She does all this with a skillful pen that not only weaves a light mystery through the p
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel takes readers on a journey to Cornwall. Sophia Barrett is a women’s counselor in Phoenix, Arizona. Her abusive husband died over a year ago and Sophia has spent the last three months recovering from a breakdown. Sophia’s first patient turns out to be an abusive victim which causes her to flee. Needing to find a way to move forward, Sophia decides a change a venue is needed and heads to Cornwall, England. She fell in love with the area through the wo ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a story of three strong woman, who have all suffered serious heartbreak. How they deal with it, heal from it, and move on in life is what this book is all about.

Sophia Barrett is still dealing with her feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. After taking several months off from work, she returns only to suffer another breakdown. She decides she needs a change of scenery and escapes to Cornwall, England, the setting of books written by her favourite author
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A pleasant read that follows the paths of self-determination for two contemporary women. I enjoyed following Sophia and Ginny, each of whom are at a stage in their life when they can break free and understand the true source of their identity and personal worth.

At times there seemed to be too many threads to follow, considering the inclusion of the century-ago parallel life of Emily who also needed to find who she was and what gave her value as a person. But the resolution of all the stories ti
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is another title to add to the bookstore genre, but it is very different from The Bookshop of The Broken Hearted, the last title I read in this category. Where the previous book was literary fiction, I would classify this as women’s fiction with a good dose of faith-based storytelling. The quality of the writing was not very high and the plot was definitely predictable. However, for readers who enjoy stories about women who finally take charge after being abused by the men in their lives, t ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just turned the last page. Sitting in stunned silence. A work of literary art.
Ashley Johnson
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I sat down to read this book and meant to only read a few pages.  And I just kept reading! I was captivated by the letters that were exchanged between Emily and Edward in the beginning of the book.   Jumping into Sophia's modern day story was equally as captivating!  Sophia's situation was unique and heartbreaking, yet I really enjoyed her as a character.  I loved how all of the story's were connected and how Sophia drew inspiration from Emily's journal to face some of her own adversity.I was su ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was such a beautiful story about three brave women.
At the beginning, the title caught me, and then from the first page i stepped inside the story and i felt no longer just a reader. In a way, i felt connected to the women of the story.
Sophia was trying to get over an abusive relationship. Ginny, trapped inside her husband's dream, wanted just to find where she really belonged. Emily, a governess in the Victorian England, wanted nothing more than to become a published author, something almos
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Lindsay Harrel continues to blow me away with her stories. Sometimes I want to read a story just so I can get to the ending, to find out how the characters end up, or the answer to some mystery. Not so with Harrel’s books. With hers, it more about the journey. I found myself wanting to take my time with the story, to savor all the moving parts. I wanted to experience growth with the characters. I wanted to give each heroine the time and attention they deserved. As a quick reader, it is hard for ...more
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Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd with a B.A. in journalism and M.A. in English. She lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. Lindsay has held a variety of jobs, including curriculum editor for two universities, medical and business writer, and copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Now she juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with working fr ...more
“But stories do not need to be read by others to have power. We simply have to believe in their importance and trust that the One who wrote them had a reason for doing so. We must embrace that story and remember that who we are is not defined by the ups and downs of our lives -the failures OR the successes. Nay, we are instead defined by Whose we are.” 1 likes
“I have always believed that everyone has a story to tell. Story is sprouting up all around us, if only we have eyes to see it. Story forms the fiber of our being, and story is what will remain when we are gone.” 0 likes
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