“I mean that reading forms your opinions, your worldview, especially childhood reading, and anything that does that has an impact. So call them friends, call some stories enemies if you want, but don’t deny their influence.”
This quote is one of many I absolutely loved from this novel and shows just how perfect this book is for readers who love books and understand that books are more than just words on paper. And once again Katherine Reay has released a book I will love over and over again.
When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.
Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.
In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother Helen hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.
As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom, as Helen confronts the ghosts of her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines, who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of change.
Now Lucy must go back into her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.
As I said, this is a book for book lovers – it felt like I could sit with Helen or Lucy and chat for hours about our favorite Austen scenes or movie remakes of Jane Eyre. This story and journey understands me. You know those types of books?
Not only for book lovers, but this is a story about journeys, and not just Lucy’s.
“Hope is a hard thing to share.”
It’s a journey of discovery (with a lovely nod to another C.S. Lewis classic) and the people you meet along the way. I really liked Lucy and James. I also loved Helen, Dillion, Bette, and Sid. So yeah, pretty much the entire supporting cast. Have I mentioned her awesome use of classic literature quotes? Even when they were from a book I haven’t read, I loved it.
Life is an incredible journey and this book helped me to appreciate that again. This book is one in which you feel, not only for the characters, but your own life.
“Don’t hang on to the past so tightly you taint the future.”
And as she does so so brilliantly, classic literature references make this novel even more delightful. Now I desperately need to go on an English literary tour and read (or re-read) all the classics. This is yet another amazing winning novel from Katherine and y’all need to go buy it :).
Is there a book about books you love?
With Courage to Endure
(Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)