What a wonderful novel! A friend suggested I read it and I’m so glad I did. It’s a gem for anyone who loves books and loves reading about bookstores – or who just enjoys a good love story.
A.J. Fikry owns Island Books, an independent store on New England’s Alice Island, a fictional Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. His wife died and business isn’t great, and he’s not exactly the most social of human beings; it’s safe to say he’s a misanthrope. He grumbles about visits from publishers’ sales reps and almost never hosts author signings in his store, and if he deigns to chat with a customer the conversation will be brief.
There are exceptions, however. He falls for the charming, quirky Amy, the sales rep for Knightley Press, and he grows to appreciate Lambiase, a local cop with an affection for crime novels.
Into his world comes a surprise – a letter from a mysterious woman explaining why she has deposited her infant daughter at the store for him to raise. A.J. is not only not a “child person” but how is he supposed to take care of a baby girl when he can hardly take care of himself?
This story is so charming I hesitate to write more. There’s a reason why it’s currently on national bestseller lists. I’ve already used the word “gem,” but it bears repeating.