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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 12th birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear about him again until 16 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. 

Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love, and the healing power of community. It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.

©2018 Amy Meyerson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • Jean
  • 16-12-2019

A great story ….BUT

I really enjoyed the story idea. and the reader was very engaging . The only problem I have is the use of the F%#K word that was used way to much!!

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  • Sallie
  • 08-09-2018

Couldn't connect with the main character

The performance was good. The storyline was a little predictable but you just want to tell Miranda to "GROW UP" -- there are times where you can almost see her stomping her foot like a 2 year old. I agree that she should have received certain information a little earlier but she never stops to think of the other lives involved and the sacrifices they made.

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  • Kathryn
  • 30-10-2019

Enjoyable

While I love libraries and books, I found this book to be just likable. I enjoyed it. It wasn’t a case of disliking it. Yet, there were parts of it I disliked. I’m not into spoilers. I hate them. I’m fairly well read. There are classics I love, and classics I hate. There are plenty I haven’t read. I felt this book used way too many other books to tell this story. I know it’s about a bookstore, but by the end, I’d had it with a million titles. I never figure out whodunnit in mysteries, at least not without doubting myself a hundred times over, yet I pretty much figured out where her uncle’s quest would lead her from the beginning. I don’t feel like I wasted my time. It was enjoyable. I have mixed reviews about the narration too. Overall it was a solid performance, and mostly very well done. I just felt some parts were overly dramatized. I didn’t see the need for rushed breathlessness in some places. Otherwise, her voice was pleasant. I don’t know who I’d recommend this book to. If you’re a literary snob, this book isn’t for you and if you haven’t read the million books and everything single thing by Shakespeare used to tell this tale, you might find it enjoyable, but a bit tiresome at points as I did.

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  • Linda Lewis
  • 02-08-2018

Boring

The story line is very weak and very repetitive. It dragged on and on Needed more plot

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  • Pixie Samara.
  • 02-08-2019

Boring and the narrator didn't help it get better

This was like a twelve year old's novel not for grown ups that need a real mystery

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 29-07-2018

Inane

Don't know where those glowing reviews came from. Insipid. Trite theme uninterestingly told. No ill wlshes to the author but other than complete sentences there is no reason to recommend this book.

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  • chkfstrd
  • 15-04-2020

Meh

Book length is due to a lot of over-descriptions- minutia meant to fill pages but doesn’t add to the story; story is predictable, an old plot. I’m tired of hearing women narrators trying to mimic a man’s voice, and vice versa- just read the book.

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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 12-12-2018

I want to visit Prospero Books!

The story and the main character’s quest really keep you hooked! You want to see it through with her. The characters are human, and they all have their triumphs and downfalls. And the bookstore at the center of it all is one I could spend days hanging out in.. I wasn’t ready to leave it and wish I could look it up on Google Maps or visit their Instagram! Well done.

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  • Adria F. Jefferies
  • 16-08-2020

struggled to finish

I did like the desire and effort to save the book store and the quest. I didn't like the characters nor the story. Also, if you are going to read a book make sure you know the correct pronounciation for street names and other local names.

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  • Alexeles
  • 14-07-2020

Predictability and annoying main character tolerable because of good prose and fun concept

Audiobook-reader was really good. As for the novel itself... Love the concept of the game, even though it is completely juvenile and unrealistic for someone to have created that to share a life-altering detail. Even though in life the guy did such things, to think he’d make this particular person jump through hoops to figure out what he was too much of a jerk to not tell her many years before-? Just mean... The life-changing detail was easily figured out very early, as was the entire outcome. Would’ve been much less simple and predictable had the author not handed us the doubts about and conflict with the home boyfriend, and so many other points which led directly to every conclusion a reader can guess. Creative game and I really enjoyed the hunt through literature-but that I knew what was going to happen, totally without doubt that there would be any fun surprises-yawn. The main character is a selfish, immature brat. Liking her would have made this a much better book. She is angry with her parents, yes (& way way more at her mom, which, even considering the relationship, isn’t fair, doesn’t make sense)—but how she acts to and with others is even more indicative that she isn’t just mad at some for withholding a life-changing detail—she’s simply an immature bitch. How she handles her boyfriend and the demise of their relationship made me cringe. A smart woman who’d taken the time to evolve a relationship and move in with a man to act how she did was like reading a YA novel-so childish. How she immediately falls for the other guy...their evolution is SO predictable, not at all fun or revealing, I felt zero about it. It mattered to her overall character how these situations unfolded, and it made the book so much less enjoyable and detracted so much from the point that she was supposed to grow and evolve-but still acting like a tween when it comes to relationships? Just didn’t jibe. Overall, I can’t say I’d recommend it, but it was an easy read that doesn’t require any thought, so if you can get past wanting the main character to grow up, and like the idea of a puzzle completed through literature, it’s an option

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