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Found in a Bookshop: The perfect Autumn read - heart-warming and unforgettable

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If you're looking for a book to make you think more deeply about life, then this would be an excellent choice. At the very time when people most need books to widen their horizons, or escape from their fears, or enhance their lives, the doors are closed. One day a letter arrives from George and Rosemary enclosing a cheque and asking them to send them books they can read aloud to each other. Wasn’t sure how I’d go delving into the pandemic… yet it was a joy to read, as are all of Stephanie Butland’s magical books. So I made the purchase, and then read over half the book on the flight, finishing it a few days later.

Kelly also comes up with the idea of a ‘book pharmacy’, prescribing books to help people as they deal with problems, whether or not related to the pandemic. Yes, this novel is set during the first few months of the Covid pandemic, but don't let that stop you from reading it, especially if you enjoyed the first in the series as much as I did. My only negative is that it is perhaps a bit repetitive with the letters and the book lists as my enjoyment lies in the characters that you follow through. I loved the concept of the book pharmacy - so much so that I am trying to figure out if there might be a way of putting into practice something similar in our local library!It’s the state of mind and heart of the person reading it that will make the book grow into something greater than the words printed in it. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. This sparks an idea in Loveday, and she realises that there is something positive they can do to help people get through the crisis while also helping the business.

Loved also that so many great books are mentioned and recommended, especially for specific needs, recovering from loss, and adding to wonderful events and hopes for the future. Everything Stephanie Butland wrote about about that period was so relatable, even though the story was set in York - thank you. Fell in love with the characters and their stories that happened in a time that I turned to books as well. I loved Lost For Words so I was looking forward to this but I’m afraid I found it very disappointing. I rarely get emotional reading but this book is so beautifully poignant and touching, speaking if a time when the world stopped, how we all feared how it would end and did the best we could for ourselves and those we love, a gentle hug of a story.Sometimes we see the person request the book again, we get to learn what happened in the next chapter, sometimes we don’t. Although she’d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer has changed her life in many positive ways. The book recommendations throughout the story have a wide range of offerings, with a sentence or two to describe why it was added as a possibility of interest and intrigue to answer an individual’s request. I was surprised at the number of books I’d already read, but even more delighted with the number of books I haven’t even heard of.

Stephanie has a great knack of weaving all the complexities of 2020-22 together - the loneliness, deaths, long covid, relationship breakdowns, work precariousness, and even including the BLM and Trans rights issues. But the Kindle edition was available for just 99p, and we were just a few days away from flying to the UK.But, these lockdowns were so different to the way my own country, New Zealand, experienced lockdowns that they didn't even seem like lockdowns. This book tells the story through multiple different character POVs and gives some brilliant book recommendations along the way, prescribing reading as a form of therapy which I'm always on board with. I'd recommend this book to book lovers as it contains lots of book recommendations within it and I've written quite a few down. I come from Whitby and know York very well and there were countless mistakes regarding both places which really annoyed me and prevented me believing that’s where they were supposed to be.

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