The Lost and Found Bookshop

The Lost and Found Bookshop

A Novel

Book - 2020
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There is a book for everything . . . Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about. 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 scoundrel father. But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it's best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There's only one problem-Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she'll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief. After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather's request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works. To Natalie's surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop's walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780063018679
9780062914095
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,24 cm.

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gardenglove
Nov 09, 2020

Very sentimental, and completely predictable. Good for a beach read, covid read, or a day in bed with a head cold.

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IrishMoon
Oct 21, 2020

Depressing, depressing depressing....

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Sansha
Sep 28, 2020

I loved this romantic novel. Set in a falling down bookshop in San Francisco. The shop has history going way back and with supposed hidden treasures. After the death of her mother Blyth, the owner of the Lost and Found bookshop, Natalie has to take over the running of the book shop and looking after her aged grandfather.

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maipenrai
Sep 22, 2020

A great story line underlies this novel, but it is not developed sufficiently compared to romance. Disappointing for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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DT_kcls
Sep 07, 2020

Natalie Harper is not only lost, she has lost so much, through death, through benevolent mismanagement, and, the most sad, through the progressing dementia of her beloved Grandy.

As she tries valiantly to save her family home and her family bookstore we see her depth in her vulnerability and grief. The tenderness she shows her grandfather is the same I hope might be given me in his situation.

Yes, 'The Lost and Found Bookshop' is a predictable, fast read, but I found the characters, especially Blythe and the precocious Dorothy, the memories and book references charming: "When she was very small, her mother used to tell her that books were alive in a special way. Between the covers, characters were living their lives, enacting their dramas, falling in and out of love, finding trouble, working out their problems. Even sitting closed on a shelf, a book had a life of its own. When someone opened the book, that was when the magic happened."

I regretted I didn't grab a pen and paper to write down all the books referenced. . . so I did, going page by page to find them, although, as is attributed to Blythe: "Sometimes you have to let the right book find you."
A delightful 4 Stars

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mjk236sb
Aug 14, 2020

Natalie doesn't really like her job - but the afternoon that she receives a promotion she experiences a great loss that changes the course of her life. Well written and a pleasant story that takes you into the life of a bookstore, with romance and a story of family. LIked the many references of ideas and statements from books that guided her mother's life and that also helped Natalie move on.

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dcolket
Aug 02, 2020

I really enjoyed this book...a good escape read.

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Karenina
Aug 02, 2020

The bibliophilia and bookshop setting elevates this above an otherwise predictable and pedestrian romance. But a pleasant enough read.

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brangwinn
Jul 19, 2020

Natalie Harper must leave her life to take care of her grandfather and his bookshop in San Francisco. It is challenging. The bookstore is falling apart. Her grandfather’s health is failing and yet she loves it. This is a fun romance filled with books, an unconventional family and San Francisco.

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