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Publisher's Summary

A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness, and a love of reading. 

Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s 12th birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear about him again until 16 years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt. 

When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books - now as its owner - she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden - and the terrible secret that tore her family apart. 

Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love, and the healing power of community. It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.

©2018 Amy Meyerson (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Inane

Don't know where those glowing reviews came from. Insipid. Trite theme uninterestingly told. No ill wlshes to the author but other than complete sentences there is no reason to recommend this book.

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Couldn't connect with the main character

The performance was good. The storyline was a little predictable but you just want to tell Miranda to "GROW UP" -- there are times where you can almost see her stomping her foot like a 2 year old. I agree that she should have received certain information a little earlier but she never stops to think of the other lives involved and the sacrifices they made.

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Boring

The story line is very weak and very repetitive. It dragged on and on
Needed more plot

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I want to visit Prospero Books!

The story and the main character’s quest really keep you hooked! You want to see it through with her. The characters are human, and they all have their triumphs and downfalls. And the bookstore at the center of it all is one I could spend days hanging out in.. I wasn’t ready to leave it and wish I could look it up on Google
Maps or visit their Instagram! Well done.

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lovely story, told and read so well

Give yourself a chance. "Not to be burdened by the past but to know it farther and to give it a chance..."

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Scavenger hunt for Uncle Billy

This could have been an engaging story, but the author got too wrapped up in creating a "scavenger hunt" that is supposed to lead the main character, Miranda, to the secrets of her Uncle Billy. He turns out to be a rather self-involved, unsympathetic character. There are numerous other characters and it became confusing to keep track of them. I did enjoy the narrator.

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Cute listen

This was a fun lighthearted listen. Wasn’t overly deep, but good for a beach weekend.