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The Book Lover by Maryann McFadden

The Book Lover (edition 2012)

by Maryann McFadden

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Title:The Book Lover
Authors:Maryann McFadden
Info:Three Women Press (2012), Paperback, 340 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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I absolutely loved this book! I had previous read Mary Ann McFadden's prior two books over the past years "Richest Season" and "So Happy Together" , which I thoroughly enjoyed.

"The Book Lover" was brilliant and belongs on the best seller list! Being an avid reader, I could not put this book down! Her honesty and challenges of being a writer and becoming published was portrayed wonderfully (hats off to MaryAnn), and as a bonus the other correlations and poignant stories between the characters so beautifully portrayed (Ruth/Thomas - the bookstore owner, woman, mother-history and struggles; Lucy's past and present; Colin and the injured birds/healing), the lovely characters you fall in love with at the book store, and Ruth taking Hannah under her wing - did not want the book to end (loved the ending). I would love to see a series or movie with Lucy/Thomas, Colin/Lucy, and a new man possibly for Hannah, and the continuation of Megan and her inspirations with the book store and the quaint town.

McFadden is an excellent writer and storyteller and she was able to take so many elements and tie them together for a powerful, healing, and uplifting story! In addition, the setting in the quaint small downtown village, woods, nature, cabins, and coast..(my favorite places). Oh, and the St Augustine, FL setting, as well which I lived and worked covering this area previously, so could relate with the surroundings.

Wow, this book covered all my passions and McFadden put it together and packaged it beautifully - you do not get any better than this! Highly Recommend!! Cannot wait for her next masterpiece! You will want to read her previous works as well. Excellent!" ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book for the local inspiration of Otto's Bookstore. ( )
  rglossne | Apr 26, 2013 |
Th Book Lover focuses on the stories of two women, one a book seller and the other a fledgling writer. It follows the ups and downs of their careers and love life in a predictable way. The story moves along quickly and is fairly engaging, but neither the characters, plot, or language are anything special. ( )
  JGoto | Feb 2, 2013 |
I did like this book and found much in it that I loved-ie the bookstore and the background of a writer trying to publish. I liked a little less the veteran/eagle/divorce/love angles. Ruth was a great character, as was Lucy (I just liked Ruth better). ( )
  Bookbets50 | Jan 10, 2013 |
What a fabulous book by Maryann McFadden. The story of the woman who owns the book store called The Book Lover and of a woman whose dream has always been to write a book is so well written. These two women meet and spend months intertwining their lives. The story of two ordinary women working to achieve their dreams is truly one good read. I hope to read more of Ms. McFadden's books. ( )
  CandyH | Oct 23, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0984867104, Paperback)

Ruth Hardaway has had one passion all her life: books. For thirty years she's devoted her life to her book store, trying to bury her painful past. But now the store is in jeopardy, and the past is catching up with her. Lucinda Barrett lost everything in a life-shattering betrayal. Desperate, she goes after one last dream - to be an author. Alone and broke, she embarks on a journey, eventually landing on Ruth's doorstep. Ruth takes Lucy under her wing, championing her book and even offering her refuge at a nearby lake cabin. In return, she wants Lucy to keep an eye on her son, Colin, who's recovering from a war injury. As the two women grow closer and begin to face the past, neither has any idea that their toughest decisions lie ahead - or that their friendship is about to fall apart because of a little white lie.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:18 -0400)

When Lucinda Barrett's husband destroys their marriage in a shocking betrayal, she's left with nothing but the shattered remnants of her life-- and her novel. Desperate to keep one last dream alive, she sets out on a 1,000 mile journey to get it into the hands of readers-- one bookstore at a time. Ruth Hardaway knows all about shattered dreams. For the last 30 years she's devoted her life to her store, The Book Lover, trying to bury her painful past. When Ruth discovers Lucy's novel, their lives intertwine as they move steadily toward the revelation of long-hidden secrets.… (more)

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