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The Bookshop of Yesterdays

Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

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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  • Sallie
  • 08-09-18

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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  • Jean
  • 16-12-19

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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  • Kathryn
  • 30-10-19

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
  • 02-08-18

Boring

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

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  • Marguerite Sabourin
  • 02-08-19

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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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 12-12-18

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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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 29-07-18

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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  • jaybee100
  • 02-11-18

lovely story, told and read so well

Give yourself a chance. "Not to be burdened by the past but to know it farther and to give it a chance..."

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-19

selfish main character

so many good things going on in the story, but the main character was so self involved I just couldn't like her. I wanted someone to actually slap her.

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  • AM
  • 04-05-20

Good storytelling but Miranda....

The quality of the storytelling kept drawing me in, but the main character was a annoying!! The kind of friend you might snap ”grow up” to when she whined yet again about her imagined challenges. Would definitely try another title by Amy Meyerson.