Book #1 from my Summer Reading List is complete, and what a great start!
As happens occasionally, I find myself wondering if the person who wrote the jacket synopsis actually read the book. While the blurb above is technically accurate, it does not do the story justice. Then again, the best books defy description, so perhaps the magic of this story can't be captured in a few sentences on the cover flap - or in a blog review.
I was drawn to this book by the antique furniture angle and expected a "small town girl makes good in the big city" story, with a bit of a mystery (the missing brother), and some romance. It is all that - but more. Librarians are scratching their heads and wondering where to shelve this one.
You could actually remove the missing brother (if you can remove something that's missing - ?) and still have a good book, but his story "kicks it up a notch". Josh's story is told in mainly in flashbacks, which I found odd at first, but revealing it in crumbs rather than chunks is part of what gives the story that indescribable "thing" that makes it special.
I could try to tell you exactly why this is such a special book, but then you would be wasting time reading my poorly written thoughts when you could be reading this beautifully written book - which I highly recommend that you do.
Looking for Me added two entries to my Favorite Quotes page:
About her best friend, Olivia - a specialist in book restoration:
Mirroring my passion for antiques was Olivia's strong relationship with books. She devoured them and often read as many as five a week. She hunted them down, mended their wounds, and brought them back to life.And for the "been there" department:
My mother's eyes became watery and sad. "Not all that long ago, I went to bed thinking I looked pretty good for my age. I swear, when I woke up the next morning, a haggard old woman was staring back at me in the mirror."