There is a book for everything . . . Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about.
In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.
But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.
After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.
To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.
The Lost and Found Bookshop was a wonderfully layered story about the past, the present, and the possibilities of the future. The bookshop setting pulled me in right away, and I could imagine myself curled up in the cozy chairs and window seats, with the San Francisco streets and scenes around me. Having lived in San Francisco for a while when I was young, I wanted to join these characters as they explored the world around them…and through the books they read.
Natalie was a character I enjoyed, and I was rooting for her as she went through her losses and started over in her mother’s bookshop. The great “handyman” who helped repair the shop was someone I would have loved to know, too, and I enjoyed watching Natalie slowly come to connect with him. The famous author who came to do a book signing to help them bring in more customers was fascinating, too, with his secrets and sorrows.
Dorothy was such a delightful child character, and I hoped she would always be a part of Natalie’s life.
The lost things discovered within the shop turned out to be a great boost to the characters’ lives and to the story. I knew a happy ending was coming. I loved this book and did not want to leave the characters behind. 5 stars.