Book Review: The Bookseller's Secret by Michelle Gable


Title: The Bookseller's Secret

By: Michelle Gable

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 400

Release Date: August 17th, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

In 1942, London, Nancy Mitford is worried about more than air raids and German spies. Still recovering from a devastating loss, the once sparkling Bright Young Thing is estranged from her husband, her allowance has been cut, and she’s given up her writing career. On top of this, her five beautiful but infamous sisters continue making headlines with their controversial politics.

Eager for distraction and desperate for income, Nancy jumps at the chance to manage the Heywood Hill bookshop while the owner is away at war. Between the shop’s brisk business and the literary salons she hosts for her eccentric friends, Nancy’s life seems on the upswing. But when a mysterious French officer insists that she has a story to tell, Nancy must decide if picking up the pen again and revealing all is worth the price she might be forced to pay.

Eighty years later, Heywood Hill is abuzz with the hunt for a lost wartime manuscript written by Nancy Mitford. For one woman desperately in need of a change, the search will reveal not only a new side to Nancy, but an even more surprising link between the past and present…


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Usually historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, but this book fell flat for me and I couldn't even finish it.

I found the story to be super boring and slow. There was lots of dialogue, so much so that it really bogged down the forward motion of the characters and their story. To tell you the truth, it was unmemorable to me.

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