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The Binder of Lost Stories: A Novel

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  32 reviews
From international bestselling author Cristina Caboni comes an exquisite and engrossing novel of two women, centuries apart, bound by a love of books and a longing for self-discovery.

With her delicate touch, Sofia Bauer restores books to their original splendor. In this art she finds refuge from her crumbling marriage and the feeling that her once-vibrant life is slipping
Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Amazon Crossing
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Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I've seen some other reviewers calling this book sweet, and it really is. It is a story of adventure, love, and history, showing us how stories and lives from centuries past still have the power to inspire change in our lives.

After the discovery of a mysterious letter in an original edition of a philosopher's text from the 1800s, Sofia sets off on a journey to figure out who the writer is, and what her story was. Along the way, she finds bravery, courage and love within herself, and learns how
Linda McCutcheon
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
First can we acknowledge how perfect a title this is for an historical fiction book. I fell in love with this book before I ever read a word. The author does not disappoint her readers with this exquisite tale of two women living 200 years apart but sharing a love of books so strong that it dictates the main choices in their lives.

Sofia Bauer is at a crosswords in her life and her marriage when she comes across an original copy of the first book in a series of three by a famous author in the
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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What a lovely story.

Sofia's life changes when she decides to leave her controlling husband at the same time as an old book by an author she admires comes into her hands. She discovers handwritten notes in the margins of the book and a letter hidden in the binding. This sets her on a quest to find out more about the author of the notes and letter, with the assistance of Tomaso - a graphologist struggling with the consequences of a family betrayal.

The story is told in dual timelines through Sofia
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a romantic story ! Expect the Italian charm to work at full speed ! The eventful lives of two heroines got intermingled by ... books. It is the principle of looking at something in the mirror itself reflecting in the other mirror in your back. Rest assure, the story is very easy to follow, and the characters to appreciate and remember.
I am quite certain that, at any point in this package of an original great story wrapped in the amazing descriptions of natural landscapes and life stories,
A Robin Reads
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I'm currently reading The binder of lost stories by Cristina Caboni. I got this book from Netgalley and can therefore read it for free, which I'm very thankfull for. So far I'm really loving this! Every chapter begins with a quote from another book, this quote plays a part in that chapter, and it's just amazing. De maincharacter is lovely as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this will go. Maybe this is even going to be a 5 star read...

I loved
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I'd wrap my arms around and snuggle if I could. It is one of those books that booklovers will count among their favorites - at least I will. It is the story of two women in two different time periods - Sofia and Clarice. Sofia was trained as a bookbinder and encounters a worn and torn old book at a bookstore in Rome that intrigues her. She asked the owner if she can take it home and rebind it. Of course, the owner agrees. And that is the beginning of a wonderful journey in ...more
What a treat!
I just knew when I started this that it was going to be a special book.
I loved it.
It was right up my alley.

Sofia is feeling lost. She knows she needs to leave her husband. She tried to be everything that he wanted and she lost herself in the process. She has to be honest with herself that she’s lost everything she cared about in life.

One day she wanders into a book store by her grandparents’ home. The owner gives her a book written by one of her favorite authors. It’s in terrible
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
In THE BINDER OF LOST STORIES, Cristina Caboni tells the story of Sofia and Clarice. Sofia is a young woman reeling from a debilitating marriage and fresh divorce in modern-day Rome when she chances upon a book bound in the 1800s by Clarice, a young noblewoman who mastered the exacting and forbidden art of book binding, leaving tantalizing clues about a passionate life and intelligent heart. As Sofia delves into Clarice's life, she dares to reconsider her own, including joining endeavors and ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-books
Thank you to the team at NetGalley for my copy of this book

This is such a sweet and austere story of finding love; not with another person but love for yourself. Love enough to start again.

Sofia is a woman who has given up everything for the man she married, basically because she believes that that's what being married is. She quit her job as a librarian, she removed herself from friendship circles and from her passion for books - only to wake up one day and realise that her husband doesn't love
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. The Binder of Lost Stories is unapologetically romantic. It is about the love of books (the items themselves along with the treasures hidden within them), the love between people born from intellectual connection and respect, the love of family, and most importantly, having love for oneself.

The alternating dual timelines and epistolary elements in The Binder of Lost Stories imbue a fairytale-like mystique and enchantment. Both the historical and modern-day plots include echoes of
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for review based upon my honest opinion.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, I will definitely be looking for her works. I really enjoyed the story it was epic, spellbinding, and everything a book lover would enjoy. Sophia discovers that she’s in a loveless marriage, and not sure who she is and where to go from here the chance encounter with a bookseller and an
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is about Sophia, a woman who is in search of herself while she tries to distance herself from her husband. While her story is being told, it is intermingled with chapters about Clarice, a woman who lived during the 1800's who's life gets noticed by Sophia through books.

The overall story was fascinating and I really enjoyed the back and forth chapters of different characters perspectives. What I especially enjoyed was the eclectic topic of book-binding which is a lost art with today's
Diane Standish
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Net Galley for the chance to read and review this book.
As a lover of books, touching them, smelling them, enjoying the artwork and design of covers, this book intrigued me. The story is set in Rome in the present time, but also flashes back to early 1800s Munich. Sofia has to find herself again, and when visiting a favorite bookstore she's given an old book that needs restoration. In the end page she discovers a note from Clarice, written in the 1800s. So begins a journey of
Alana Wilson
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest, unbiased review.

A lovely story in which a married woman, who has lost herself in her marriage, finds within the margins of a book markings that initiate a quest to find more about who wrote them. During her journey, she delves deeper into the world of books and book-binding, and finds her strength, hope, and love for herself. The author includes details such as the alternating storylines, quotes at the start of each
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and I fell in love. This is the story of a mystery discovered in a book. It is also a journey to finding oneself again. I read this in one day staying up late to finish it. This is a story about the love of books and those who bind them. It is a story across centuries. It takes you across Europe and leaves you with a story that you can't let go. I can't wait to read more from this author.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I fell in love with this story. It is a love story not just between two people but also a love of history and books. There is also a mystery that starts with a letter found in a hidden slot in an old book. I found a lot to like about this book, the cover, the writing, the setting, the two time lines, the search for the missing books, etc. Clarice and Sofia are both strong women two hundred years apart who both share the same struggles and their determination to find themselves despite ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely dual time line story about two women finding themselves. Sofia finally leaves her husband and as she's casting about for her next steps, she finds a letter tucked away in a book. Clarice, the author of the letter, was a bookbinder in the 19th century who poured out her heart in a series of missives which she tucked away in books. Tomaso, a graphologist with his own issues, helps Sofia figure out who Clarice was. You'll learn a bit about bookbinding as well as about how women were viewed ...more
Chandra Cox
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

What a beautiful story of a woman who finds what it means to love herself again. As a woman, this book is entirely relatable in the sense that a woman loses her identity when she becomes married and finds it again in time. How many women go through something similar to that? I can personally relate. This story takes us throughout many emotions, travels and friendships as a woman finds herself again.
Andrea Johnson
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The title is what first caught my eye, but it is a more complex story than I imagined. There are layers of history and mystery and intertwined lives over two centuries. I like the way the author has woven the two women together through time.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc of this book publishing 1/21/2020.
Chante Marie
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
~ARC provided by NetGalley~

I really enjoyed this book, quite a nice story for a book lover. I really enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter form other novels. The alternating stories between past and present were very nicely done. The writing was good and it was just really a nice light story.
Tammy Buchli
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable dual-timeline book. I enjoyed the perspectives of both of the protagonists, both of whom I found likeable and interesting. I loved the European setting, which was beautifully described, and was fascinated to learn more about the nearly lost art of bookbinding. Recommended.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy to review.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an Adventure!

She did an excellent job of taking you back into a historical era. Reminding us of the struggles women had before women's rights!
I enjoyed the adventures of both women. How she went back and forth then ties it all together at the end.
Excellent!! Looking forward to reading more of Cristina Caboni
Andrea Gregg
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t know how I came to find this wonderful story on my Kindle, but I enjoyed it immensely. I like fiction that unfolds in history and current times, which this does well and the story flows easily.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A love story, full of adventure, with a sweet and unexpected ending. It is a reminder that the past cannot be unwritten but, the future still holds surprises for those who aren't afraid to give up despite the trials and tribulations that they have experienced.
Elaine Brisbane
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story within a story

Romance and detective work combined. Well written. The reader is taken on journeys with the characters and description of the cities visited brings them to life.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the best book I've read thus far this year (out of approximately 30 books). It was well-written and full of inspiring quotes, especially for writers. Amazing!
Kane Deuel
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

I found the evolving double stories riveting. The air of mystery added to the fascinating story line. Recommend this highly.
Donna J Howey
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Binder of Lost stories

I was intrigued by the title and it didn’t let me down. My interest heightened with each chapter. It did not disappoint.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book, well worth a read
Gail Carrie Lander
Marvelous story loved the twists and turns. Fully believable.
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Cristina Caboni lives in the province of Cagliari with her husband and their three children. In addition to devoting herself full time to writing, Cristina also works for the family beekeeping business, dealing with the care of queen bees, and also enjoys cultivating a variety of roses. The world of perfumes and natural essences has been a passion of Cristina's for a long time. Her debut novel, ...more