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The Lost and Found Bookshop

(Bella Vista Chronicles)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  18,538 ratings  ·  2,527 reviews
In this thought-provoking, wise and emotionally rich novel, New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs explores the meaning of happiness, trust, and faith in oneself as she asks the question, "If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?"

There is a book for everything . . .

Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, the
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by William Morrow
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    Shirley Spangle I agree completely! I did a double take when I read it and wondered if I missed something along the way. It seemed so out of character for either of t…moreI agree completely! I did a double take when I read it and wondered if I missed something along the way. It seemed so out of character for either of them. I'd be interested to know what prompted the author to slip that into the book.(less)
    Becky I don't think you have to, no. I started with this one--I hadn't even realized it was considered part of a series until I came on here to review it!--…moreI don't think you have to, no. I started with this one--I hadn't even realized it was considered part of a series until I came on here to review it!--and did just fine. The heroine of this novel is best friends with the heroine of the first book (The Apple Orchard), but I didn't feel like I was missing anything important by not having read Tess's book first.

    It appears to be the trend lately to set a bunch of books in the same general geographic area and call it a series even while labeling each individual book as a standalone novel. It's been my experience that the books in this type of series have only a loose connection to each other--often the location, and maybe a few characters, if that--and really can be read on their own.(less)

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    Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: books-bookstores
    [2.7] A bland, utterly predictable novel about a young woman who is overcoming grief, trying to save a failing bookstore and deciding which man to choose. I liked the bookstore.
    There is currently a goodreads giveaway for this book right now.

    This is a women's fiction/chick-lit. The main character is Natalie Harper, and this book is about her finding out what she really wants out of life. There is a small amount about her finding romance. I would not read this book looking for a romance book because it is more a women's fiction. The book is well written and true to real life. I feel the characters is really well-developed. I think you will like this book if you are looki
    Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Author dedication: “For the booksellers, purveyors of dreams.”

    It seems that the general consensus of avid readers is that though books about bookshops and libraries are highly attractive additions to the TBR shelf, they disappoint more often than not. For that reason, I have chosen to read next to none of these before now, but I have to say this one suited me just fine.

    After having read some emotionally “heavy” books in recent months, this book was exactly what I was looking for. It is a solid
    Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I love books about bookshops & libraries, so I knew this book was for me! A charming story about love, loss & family, with some history, mystery & romance woven in. Heartwarming, satisfying & utterly delightful, 'The Lost & Found Bookshop' is available now wherever books are sold. Highly recommend it! ...more

    Title: The Lost and Found Bookshop
    Series: Bella Vista Chronicles #3
    Author: Susan Wiggs
    Release date: July 7, 2020
    Cliffhanger: no
    Genre:women's fiction

    What a wonderful treat this story was! I picked it because of the charming setting in a bookshop, but I wasn't really prepared for how that bookshop would become almost a character of the story in and of itself. This wasn't just a building filled with books, it was Natalie and her mother's home, her grandfather Andrew's, past generations before that
    May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars. First time reading Susan Wiggs, I liked this book, but I didn't LOVE it.

    There's a lot going on here - Natalie suffers the dual loss of both her mom and her boyfriend, but then also finds that her mom's bookshop in San Fransisco is almost a complete financial loss and her grandfather is very slowly eroding away as dementia sets in. The handyman her mother hired to do the urgent repairs on the historic building (Peach) turns out to be a competent, (very) attractive, book-reading buy wi
    Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Overall: Lots of potential for a great read but overall feel quite short in all categories 2/5

    Summary: After a horrible tragedy changes her life, Natalie Harper inherits her mother's bookstore in San Francisco. She leaves her high powered job in Napa and moves to San Francisco only to find that the bookshop is in horrible financial trouble. She also becomes the caretaker for her ailing grandfather with dementia, her only remaining family. She makes some interesting friends and develops relations
    DeB MaRtEnS
    San Francisco history is neatly folded into this charming easygoing novel, where Natalie Harper finds herself taking on her mother’s debt-ridden bookstore and an ailing grandfather after tragic deaths alter her life completely. The handsome carpenter, Peach, hired to renovate and bring safety features to the Heritage home for the frail senior citizen leads them to discovering treasures hidden by various tenants and owners over its illustrious history. Each one isn’t “the One”, however, recollect ...more
    May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020-arcs

    Most readers adore books about bookstores and/or libraries. And why not, they are buildings filled with what we love: books! “The Lost and Found Bookshop,” however, opens with a funeral; not gradually in Chapter one, but upfront in the Prologue. It’s like a hand popping up and smacking you in the face as soon as you open the book.

    Now do not run away, this book is about the bookshop and how Natalie Harper, Blythe Harper’s daughter and only child, has to use both her intelligence and creativity,
    Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
    The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. William Morrow. Advance Reader’s E-Proof courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers. First Edition. ISBN 978-0-06-291409-5. General Fiction (Adult). Women’s Fiction. Publication date: 07 Jul 2020. 5 Stars.

    If you get the warm fuzzies when reading about old bookstores in historical buildings, you will enjoy this story of loss, love and second chances.

    Though all the characters were well developed, I had an especial fondness for Grandy: impeccable, a pure-hearte
    MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: fiction
    I really wanted to like this book and, clearly, I am in the minority because there are a lot of great reviews for this one, but it just didn't work for me. It dragged a lot and I just couldn't get in to it. ...more
    Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
    There are times when tragedy leads one to evaluate one’s life and recognize that one has been merely existing and not living up to their full potential. It also provides the opportunity to reconnect with one’s roots and see things through the eyes of the persons one has lost. Sadly, this was the situation for Natalie Harper in The Lost and Found Bookshop.

    Natalie is living her best life, or so she believes. A lucrative job, with a sure promotion waiting on the wings and a loving boyfriend. Despit
    Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Natalie’s life is turned upside down when she loses both her mother and boyfriend. She gives up her well paid job to look after her grandfather and her mothers bookshop.
    A story about loss and choices.
    Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Who wouldn’t want to own a bookshop? That is a dream job.

    Natalie, Blythe’s mother, did follow her dream, but at times her dream was at the expense of her daughter.

    A tragedy left Natalie with her mother gone, her beloved grandfather to care for, and a bookshop that her mother left deep in debt.

    Since Natalie grew up with books, she wanted to try something else in her life instead of her successful, tedious job and took over the bookshop that had been in the family for three generations.

    Natalie kn
    May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Natalie Harper grew up above her mother’s bookstore. As an only child without a father figure in an affluent neighborhood, Natalie grew up determined to have security and traded passion for it as an adult. She has excelled in her career but finds no joy. She isn’t sure about her romantic relationship and is shaken to learn her coworker’s opinions of her.

    Before Natalie can alter her path, a terrible tragedy leaves her in charge of her mother’s financially struggling bookshop and her ailing grandf
    Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received a copy in a Goodreads giveaway, and was thrilled to have an opportunity to review "The Lost and Found Bookshop" by one of my favorite authors.
    Natalie Harper has just lost her mother to a tragic accident, and in an impulsive moment quits her job. She has inherited her mother's bookshop, which has been a fixture in their San Francisco neighborhood for decades. Her aging grandfather has lived in the historical building all his life, and managed the bookshop in partnership with his daught
    I thought I had read Susan Wiggs before but evidently, I have not. After reading The Lost and Found Bookshop you can be sure I will be rectifying that mistake. This is the story of a tightly wrapped, career driven woman who inherits her mother’s small, but charming bookshop in San Francisco after a devastating accident.

    Natalie Harper takes a leap of faith and leaves a job she despises to run the failing bookshop and care for her elderly grandfather. The bookshop and family apartment are housed
    Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book had heart and soul! I loved it!
    Kate Olson
    Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    (free review copy) Oh, how I loved this whimsical bookshop story! It's hands-down my favorite Susan Wiggs story yet and JUST what I needed to read right now. A mix of family history/mystery, San Francisco history, so much bookstore goodness and some grief and romance thrown in there. I just inhaled the story and highly recommend it to anyone who likes books about books. Just a really perfect read for book lovers :-) ...more
    Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
    ‘The Lost & Found Bookshop’ was missing some of the Wiggs magic for me.

    I also feel like the end was rushed. I don’t understand how 2 characters can dance around something for months, and in a matter of a few pages put a bow on their relationship. All nice, neat, & pretty for sure but I’m left feeling like the meat of the sandwich was left out and I’m still hungry people. Peach asking his question at the end was a little too abrupt for me as well. I like a happy ending as well as the next person
    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    I devoured this book. I lived between the pages of it and oh how I wish that I really could own a book store and live in it everyday. This was such a treat for me to read (live in). the writing is truly a work of art and this is not a book to be missed.
    5 stars two times, I HIGHLY recommend this book.
    Pam Jenoff
    Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is a wonderful story of Natalie, a woman who inherits her family's San Francisco bookstore and responsibility for her aging grandfather after a horrific tragedy. Her grandfather refuses to sell the store and so Natalie undertakes its restoration, discovering long hidden secrets inside its walls. ...more
    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
    Overall, this is a good book for book lovers because it involves a bookstore and hidden mysteries of the past. I loved the author's name dropping of her favorite books as the customers come in and request something--that's every book lover's joy to read books about books.
    However, where I feel this book fell short was in the characterization. I never got a good sense of Natalie's personality. She is grief stricken, yet instead of using that as a heartfelt way to quit her job she loses it and cuss
    Janet McClain
    This review is based upon an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
    In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather, Andrew, her only living relative-not counting her rarely seen father.
    But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it is best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure he get
    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    This was our book club choice and what a great choice! Of course, it centers around a bookstore but it is so much more. It is about family, history, love, loss, truth, deception, and doing the right thing.

    I loved the back and forth from past to present to help us understand the current thoughts etc. I enjoyed the relationship between Natalie and Grandy and that she was willing to do whatever she needed to make his life comfortable. Peach is a peach of a character! There is so much to his past th
    Laura (Kyahgirl)
    I enjoy Susan Wiggs and her characters. This book wasn’t anything earth-shattering but I enjoyed the slow unveiling of the history of the Harper family and the discovery of secrets held within this old building. The ‘romance’ line was pretty weak but the likable characters made up for it.

    The narrator, Emily Rankin, did a great job.
    Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I love this author so it was strange to have a book by her that I was so uninterested in. This book just failed to hold my interest for large blocks of time. Natalie was annoying, portrayed as someone who wanted her life to be the exact opposite of her childhood. Which is all well and good but she has major issues about her childhood, her mom, her dad, her job, and her romantic relationships. She really ought to be getting some serious therapy, which she laughs off with a joke about it not being ...more
    Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
    The first 75 pages were extremely slow. Natalie’s mother passed away (not a spoiler) and for 75 pages Natalie grieves. That’s a long time to set the plot! After page 100 the story becomes more interesting. The bookshop is in trouble moneywise and Natalie has to make a decision as to whether she should save or sell. I liked Peach, the gorgeous handyman with killer abs and cute little Dorothy his daughter. Grandy, the grandpa, was an inspiring character. I’m in the minority with 3 stars.
    Meagan (Meagansbookclub)
    3.5 ⭐️ Audiobook was narrated well. Story was mostly easy to follow. Some side storylines felt unnecessary, but overall an enjoyable read. Would recommend for people who love books about bookstores.
    Annissa Joy Armstrong
    Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book was enjoyable. It centered around 2 main characters...Natalie and her grandfather...Grandy. The old bookstore was very interesting. This is a story of love, second chances, family and so much more.

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an early copy.

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