On the ferry from Hyannis to Alice Island, Amelia Loman paints her nails yellow and, while waiting for them to dry, skims her predecessor's notes. "Island Books, approximately $250,000.00 per annum in sales, the better portion of that in the summer months to folks on holiday," Harvey Rhodes reports.If the bookstore my friend Donna and I opened had "approximately $250,000.00 per annum in sales," we might still be in business. I loved reading about a bookstore and its owner. I rated it 10 of 10 because I couldn't put it down, literally, and read it in less than a day. Beautiful writing, and I loved the mention of books-books-books on every page. Very interesting way to portray the characters. Of course, it helped that I recognized most of books the author mentioned. Here's a summary of the novel that mentions "a mysterious package" that doesn't seem like the best way to describe what was left in A. J. Fikry's bookstore:
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.Oh, by the way, look at that book cover. You can read the title of one book (because I used a LARGE illustration). It's actually one of the covers of this book! That's unusual and kind of fun, huh? Once before I noticed the corner of a book cover showed part of another (famous) book cover, and it too was about a bookstore. But today's book is unique. I think you can click the cover to enlarge it, if you like.
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