Friday, April 2, 2021

Beginning ~ with a golden retriever puppy

"The last time I saw my uncle, he bought me a dog.  A golden retriever puppy with sad eyes and a heart-shaped nose.  I didn't have her long enough to give her a name.  One moment she was running around my living room with the promise of many adventures together and the next she was gone.  It was the same way with Uncle Billy.  One moment he was waving goodbye as he reversed out of my driveway.  Then I never saw him again."
The Bookshop of Yesterdays ~ by Amy Meyerson, 2018, fiction (California)
A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading. Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy — and one final scavenger hunt.

When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books — now as its owner — she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself.  Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt.  She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden — and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.

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Juli Rahel said...

Omg what happened to the puppy though? Sometimes people take off for a bit but where is the adorable puppy?! I'm already invested xD I also love the bookstore name, Prospero Books! I hope you enjoy this one :) I hope you have a lovely week and do drop by my Friday post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I can't seem to find a way to comment on your blog, Juli, but I loved the part where you wrote: "There is just something so fulfilling and creative about blogging." I agree, and that's why I've blogged continuously since January 2007. That's more than 14 years!

Literary Feline said...

Aw, that opening makes me sad! I have The Bookshop of Yesterdays on my TBR pile and am hoping to read it. I hope you are enjoying it! Have a great weekend, Bonnie.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Aw...the opening line is simply heartbreaking. The tone is interesting, though. How does she feel about it?