16. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)


The Bookseller was another light but enjoyable read telling the story of Kitty/Katharyn who was living one life by day and a parallel life in her dreams.  By day, Kitty was running a bookstore with her best friend as a confident single woman in the 1920s.  By night, Katharyn was a busy wife and mother balancing her household and family.  The book was a series of “what ifs” and it was difficult for the main character (and the reader) to discern which life was the “real” life.

I picked up the book thinking that it may discuss other books similar to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (which was a fabulous book) but the fact that both novels focused on a bookstore was where the similarity ended.  There was little discussion about novels and the story focused on Kitty’s confusion as she had to come to terms with which of the two worlds was her real life.  In both lives, there were consequences from decisions that had been made and timing of events which affected no only Kitty, but her family.

This book leaves the reader guessing until the end when Kitty/Katharyn comes to terms with her loss and slips back into her daily life.  It is not a book that I would read again but it was an easy read that is perfect for a beach day.  If you are looking for a more engaging read try The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry instead.

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1 Response to 16. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)

  1. Pingback: 53. The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George) | A Year of Books

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