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The Printed Letter Bookshop

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Amid literature and lattes, three women come together and find that sharing one's journey with best friends makes life richer.

When attorney Madeline Carter inherits her aunt's bookstore in a small town north of Chicago, she plans to sell it and add the proceeds to her nonexistent "investment portfolio." But plans change when Madeline discovers the store isn't making money
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 2019)
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Katherine Reay I don't know how I missed this. I am so sorry... NetGalley has ARCs and I will start giving away some soon too. I only have one at the moment -- might…moreI don't know how I missed this. I am so sorry... NetGalley has ARCs and I will start giving away some soon too. I only have one at the moment -- might need to ask for a few more. ;) There may be other ways too... Let me look into this. Thanks! (less)

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Melissa Tagg
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so, so, so much...and on the one hand, that doesn't surprise me at all, because I've loved all of Katherine Reay's books. But on the other hand, I was surprised at how personally touching this story could not possibly have landed in my life at a better time. I finished it weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it!

It's Katherine Reay, so of course the writing is lovely. I adored the bookshop setting ... and I especially loved the relationships formed between the three m
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first book of 2019 was a winner! I throughly enjoyed Janet, Claire and Madeline’s stories. I was deeply touched by these characters and their relationships. I hated for this book to end. Katherine Reay did a beautiful job with this novel.

I won an Advance Reader’s Copy. All opinions are my own.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
A great book for people who love books! Usually I don't read books in this genre but I venture outside my comfort zone once in a while when I see a book blurb that interests me, like this one. Really liked the story setting, Katherine Reay is a great writer. The story gripped me even though the characters weren't very interesting to me. Janet especially didn't interest me, I thought she was kind of rude and unlikeable. But it worked for the story and she too got her happy ending, sort of. I didn ...more
Okay, so this is about three women and a much better does it get? Oh, did I say troubled bookshop and troubled ladies? Yep. This is a slow unfolding of everything that’s going on, and plenty of small-town intrigue going on as well. Broken relationships, troubled kids, and so on. Can working together around the books, trying to save the bookstore, do anything to turn these women’s lives around?

This one’s more of a literary fiction than her previous ones have been, and the faith mes
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Printed Letter Bookshop is a beautiful story of love, loss, misunderstanding, friendship, and joy. I'd love to have a bookshop like this one in my neighborhood. The store itself is an amazing character. The two ladies who work in the shop create the perfect tension to carry the story through to the end. I enjoyed watching Maddie grow into the person her aunt knew she could be. And I love the gardener. He's a sweetheart. Katherine Reay's books always captivate me, this one was no exception. S ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
From Endorsement:

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a softly elegant and invitingly intricate ode to books and the power of their communal solace. With the charm and insight of Nina George and the sheer reckless book love of Jenny Colgan, The Printed Letter Bookshop enfolds the reader in a welcome literary embrace. Reay’s natural talent of putting the reader at ease in her fictional world is evident from the first page. But the story is also deceptively accessible, for the moment you fall into its
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Reay’s best book and I love her books. This one was fabulous and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. I absolutely loved it! Go get it right now!

(Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley. Although I’m buying a copy for my shelf too)
Sara Jo
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As an avid book lover, any story about a bookshop always catches my eye and this one did not disappoint. It's a lovely tale of 3 women in different stages of life, all coming to terms with changes that occur after the death of a loved one. Madeline seemed very cold and distant, but I quickly warmed up to her. Claire seemed a bit of a mousy doormat, but soon found her place. Janet was the odd one to me as she was very angry and rude in the beginning and her development seemed more sudden than the ...more
When it comes to bookish things – characters who are readers, writers, or publishers; classics retellings; a real-life author’s fictionalized story – I pretty much read any genre. When it comes to contemporary romance novels, there has to be something more than family drama or the love story to draw me in: a cosy little bookshop is one of those things!

However, the story just was not gripping! There were things that I anticipated from the opening chapters, which were soon confirmed: the will, the
Nora St Laurent
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All bookish people will love this story. It’s fun, intriguing, has a mystery and a splash of romance. It takes place in The Printed Letter Book Shop a place I’d love to hang out in and work at. The author does a brilliant job of placing readers inside the shop as the customer and then as an employee/owner of the store.

Maddie is the founder and creator of the shop, Janet was an artist and put up inviting window and end cap displays. Claire was great at running the business end of things. Madelin
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a book lover, a book that features other book lovers warms your heart. This book is totally that way.
The author takes a story of friendship surrounding books that will make you wish the bookstore truly exists somewhere. One thing that is unique about this story is that none of the characters have it "all together". They have messed up, some more than others. They were not really destined to be friends, until life throws them together.

Love, forgiveness and finding what is truly impor
Hélène Louise
This story is the kind I love to read : a story about ordinary people, meeting in special circumstances which will have a great impact on their lives.

The premises were good, a young woman who inherits a lovely bookshop where two older ladies still work after the recent death of a beloved aunt - beloved but estranged since a dramatic quarrel between her and the young woman's father, the deceased own brother.
There are some mysteries: why this woman who seems to have been an angel, worshipped by a
Anita Ojeda
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Reay’s latest masterpiece is like soaking in a hot tub and then stretching out on the massage table. You want it to never end, although at times its honesty makes you uncomfortable. Sometimes, you turn the page and bump into yourself as words and thoughts spill out of Madeline, Janet, and Claire.

It’s not often that a book serves as both entertainment and springboard for soul searching, but The Printed Letter Bookshop qualifies. The story takes us into the angst of a young woman who un
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read.
The strong characters Madeline, Janet and Claire felt like old friends retelling their story to me about how, what and why things happened.
It revolves around the The Printed Letter Book Shop, when you start reading it’ll become clear as to why the shopped is so called. The three women are all so different but help each other through they’re personal problems, the matriarch who brought them all together was a special lady and knew they would achieve wonderful things.This
Miki Mackennedy
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay is the story of three women drawn together after the death of the owner of the bookshop. Each woman is trying to find her place in the work with the bookshop at their center.

Madeline’s aunt and name sake dies and leaves her The Printed Letter Bookshop right as her planned future seems to dissolve around her. Janet, the divorcee, is left to figure out how to move on from the wreckage she created in her life and marriage. Claire is feeling middle-aged
Deborah J. Nobles
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading a story about the power of books is so much fun. Madeline inherits her estranged aunt's failing bookshop. Janet and Claire are Aunt Maddie's loyal friends and employees. The three women attempt to overcome their grief, disappointments and heartaches to find common ground over their love of books and Maddie. Madeline find the shop to be so much more than a "just a bookstore". She learns how the community comes to together in the shop to support and nurture each other (oh, and maybe buy a ...more
Alicia Lowery
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I really LOVE this book!! Katherine Reay is such a fantastic story-weaver. Bringing 3 vastly different ladies together into a sweet bookshop with its own struggles and seeing all of their different points of view. So well written.

Annnnd it’s so romantic in the most subtle and surprising way.

I’m impressed! This would make a great book club book!
Patti Whitson Stephenson
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy Katherine Reay’s books and always look forward to reading her newest story. This one did not disappoint me. The setting of the bookstore is perfect—-you have to love a bookstore that’s a hub of a small town! But it’s the characters that drive this storyline and give this book its heart.

The book opens with the funeral service of Maddie, the much-cherished owner of the bookstore. Although we don’t actually meet Maddie in this book, we get to know her by the positive impact she left on the
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Madeline is a high powered Chicago lawyer, until she gets passed over as partner. At the same time,her aunt Maddie dies, leaving her a house and a well loved bookshop. Janet and Claire both work at the store, and are facing their own issues. There are multiple references to books that enhance the story of these three women who become friends. I really enjoyed the individual stories and the atmosphere of the bookshop. Recommended.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-2018
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I love to wander around bookstores, discovering new authors and old favorites, taking in the atmosphere. Katherine Reay describes that cozy atmosphere perfectly, so I can almost smell the new books and picture the three friendly booksellers. All three women feel out of place in their personal lives and each has their own struggles with family while coping with the death of a be
Les Romantiques
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Firstly, I love the title! I love it!
I chose that book because the title mentioned “bookshop” (also because I was tempted by the summary but mainly because of the word “bookshop” in the title). I didn’t regret at all!
It was a real heart-stopper for me.
It’s the first time I read a book from this author and I loved the way she writes, her style. It made me want to read other works from her (especially as h
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

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 trouble
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay tells the story of three women who meet and bond together over the death of a friend and estranged loved one. Madeline  inherits the bookshop called The Printed Letter Bookshop from her aunt. Janet and Claire work at the bookstore, but were close friends with Maddie, Madeline’s deceased aunt. In this tale we see how these three strangers to each other become close friends and help each other through secret pasts, heartaches, and love.

This book is a s
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok, the three stars are solely because of the charming setting of the Printed Letter. (With a different setting, this would have been a 2.) I loved the description of this small town, locally owned shop. It connotes nostalgia of a simple time before Amazon takes readers (like me) to buy cheaper books (I felt so guilty!)

The story just never flowed like it should have for me. I was gone putting this story down as there was so much repetition but then so many twists and turns that seemed out of pl
Anna Price
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Reay writes some of my favorite fiction, and this book is no exception. The Printed Letter Bookshop follows three women in different stages of life who are each carrying regrets as they find themselves working to save The Printed Letter Bookshop from closing after the former owner passes away. I loved how each woman is unique, multi-faceted, and driven in both their work and personal lives. Their struggles are written with feeling and nuance, and you’ll be able to find a bit of yoursel ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review
A present-day, contemporary story, full of romance and intrigue that definitely appeals to any reader who loves books.

This copy was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the publisher via NetGalley.
Jessica C
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Printed Letter Bookshop was a delightful read that I cannot wait to recommend to women everywhere! Madeline Carter is shocked when her life takes a complete deviation from her perfect plans. First her career as an attorney is jeopardized when she doesn’t make partner and suddenly she is the new owner of her somewhat estranged Aunt’s home and bookshop. Madeline quickly learns that the bookshop is in financial distress, not that different from her own finances. Determined to bring the shop out ...more
And, of course, Katherine Reay does it again! SO good! Enough so that I’ve reread it a second time already! 😍 (Review to come.)
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for most opinion.

A sweet story of 3 women in different stages of life, all coming to terms with changes that occur after the death of a loved one.

I liked that the author gave us an insight to each woman’s life, and we got to make our own connection with each character.

Overall, a nice easy book to devour in an afternoon.
The Printed Letter Bookshop is the story of three women, all at a different crossroads in their lives. Madeline is left a mountain of debt and a bookshop by her estranged aunt. Claire is feeling adrift as the mother of a teenager daughter about to leave for college. Janet is still reeling from her divorce. Together, they try to make the bookshop more profitable while confronting their own issues. The structure of the book is really unique. Each chapter is broken into parts, told from the viewpoi ...more
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Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels. Her next release, The Printed Letter Bookshop, will hit shelves on 5/14/19. Her first nonfiction work will release 12/3/19.

Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, rehabbing runner, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. She lives outside Chicago, IL.

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