About the Book
Book: The Bookshop of Secrects
Author: Mollie Rushmeyer
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction (Christian)
Release date: October 25, 2022
A collection of lost books holds the clues to her family’s legacy…and her future.
Hope Sparrow has mastered the art of outrunning her tragic past, learning never to stay anywhere too long and never to allow anyone control over her life again. Coming to Wanishin Falls in search of her family’s history already feels too risky. But somewhere in the towering stacks of this dusty old bookshop are the books that hold Hope’s last ties to her late mother—and to a rumored family treasure that could help her start over.
Only, the bookshop is in shambles, and the elderly owner is in the beginning stages of dementia and can’t remember where the books lie. To find the last links to the loved ones she’s lost, Hope must stay and accept help from the townsfolk to locate the treasured volumes. Each secret she uncovers brings her closer to understanding where she came from. But the longer she stays in the quaint town, the more people find their way into the cracks in her heart. And letting them in may be the greatest risk of all…
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About the Author
Mollie writes contemporary fiction with a heart for history. What does this mean exactly? She loves to write inspirational fiction in contemporary settings with fascinating historical elements, people, objects, and stories woven throughout.
A modern girl herself– She wouldn’t want to go a day without modern plumbing and central air! But she’s always felt a special connection to the past. The legacies and lives left behind are like gifts waiting to be unwrapped, and she’s excited to share this blend of history and contemporary living with readers.
A born and bred Midwestern gal, Mollie Rushmeyer, makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband and two spunky, beautiful daughters. She is not only a bibliophile (the dustier the better, in her opinion), she’s a true anglophile at heart. Tea and coffee fuel her travels, by Google maps at least, and her passion for the written word.
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Since childhood, opening up a book unlocked a whole new world for me. Of possibilities and adventure, and made me care for people and places that didn’t exist. Like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia, books transported me. It was like magic.
As I began dreaming up The Bookshop of Secrets in its early stages, I knew I wanted to create a character who loved books and was in awe of their transformative and transportive power as much as I am. Thus, Hope Sparrow, a human trafficking survivor and ultimate book lover, was born. I also wanted to honor my grandpa, who planted the seed—love of the written word—in my heart from the time I was very young. And so, Ulysses, the owner of Dusty Jackets Bookshop in the story, is based on my sweet grandpa who has since passed away. But I know he’d love this homage to all things literary.
In the middle of writing this book, in 2018, I had a stroke. As with most medical emergencies, it was quite unexpected. I had a hole in my heart (that has been repaired, thankfully). Afterward, I didn’t know if I’d ever write again and I was more terrified of that than not being able to fully move my left arm again. My brain had to make new connections and it was so difficult, still is some days, to be creative. To find the right words.
But God. In the way that only He can, He brought this forgotten story, this project’s finish line that seemed to be at the summit of an insurmountable mountain within reach. I thought I had something to prove to myself. I begged God not to forget my dream to write. Like He could. But in the end, I just had to trust like my character Hope. Trust that He is good even when life hurts and is uncertain.
“Do you know what the opposite of fear is?”
“Bravery? Peace?” Dare she say her namesake, hope?
“The true counterpart of fear is faith. It takes faith to walk into the future, the unknown, with confidence. Secure in the love of the One who created you and those around you outweighs any hardship, real or imagined, that lies on the path ahead.”
I hope following Hope’s journey of healing and love in The Bookshop of Secrets truly blesses you.
If you are looking for an easy, feel good book this is not for you. However if you want a book that is emotional, digs deep into the truth and exposes the evils of this world, then grab a copy and get ready for an adventure unlike anything you have ever experienced. The topics such as PTSD and human trafficking in this story could be triggers for some. The author deals with these issues in a sensitive and realistic way. It is also a healing for our main character that I was impressed by.
Hope has long had flashbacks of a past that she tries to erase from her mind. A sound, smell or even a voice can trigger her thoughts. I understand how she was a wanderer because she didn’t want to be found. She changes her name and keeps to herself. Oh but her love for books is what keeps her grounded. She is on a mission to find a treasure of books her mom has left for her. Her journey takes her to Dusty Jackets to start her search. I have to say how much I like the name of the bookstore. Visions of old books and stories yet to be discovered filled my mind.
The people she meets in the small town of Wanishin Falls are fascinating and will become important to the story. I liked that Ronan wanted to help Hope, but she is hesitant. She can’t risk anyone knowing who she really is and trusting others is difficult for her. She is reminded that “we can get so lost in the depths of our circumstances, we forget to look up.” How true it is for Hope to continue to fight her past but forget there is someone there waiting to save her.
As Hope looks for the books her mother left her she encounters interesting people. I liked her visit with Ethel. The older lady gives her wise words that penetrate her deepest hurts. “Even the most desperate places inside of us just need light in order to heal and grow.” How will Hope find a way to overcome the pain from getting past and walk in freedom?
This is a beautiful story of redemption where one character broken into pieces finds their way to becoming whole again. The author has impressed me with how she is able to get right to the fragile place we find ourselves and helps us find our way home.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Mollie is giving away the grand prize package of a eBook or signed paperback copy (paperback U.S. Only) of The Bookshop of Secrets and a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
The Bookshop of Secrets sounds like a book that I will really enjoy and I am looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing it with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!
Thank you for sharing your review of The Bookshop of Secrets, this sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to itReplyDelete
This book certainly will be a deep read but very worthwhile.ReplyDelete
What a creative topic! I love the idea of searching for your roots in a bookshop. Can’t wait to read it.ReplyDelete