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Some of the other reviewers mentioned how much they enjoyed the mystery and the attempts by the various family members to solve it. I was also drawn in by that, choosing to overlook the not necessarily pleasant parts of their personalities.
 
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asendor | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 15, 2024 |
Cute story, although at times I felt I had to suspend my disbelief about the character’s’ actions. The story abounded with literary references, in addition to being centered in a bookshop. What’s not to love if one is a book nerd like me?!
 
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bschweiger | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 4, 2024 |
Really enjoyed this new author. Hope to read more. Kirkus: A woman inherits her late uncle?s struggling bookstore in Meyerson?s debut novel.Miranda once idolized her uncle Billyhe was charming, adventurous, and always let her pick out any book she wanted from his store, Prospero Books. He planned elaborate scavenger hunts and was full of surprises. But on the night of her 12th birthday, Billy and her mother have an explosive fight. Miranda doesn?t know what happened between them, but she loses touch with Billy¥until years later, when she?s a teacher in Philadelphia. Billy is dead, but he left her his bookstore¥and a mysterious book and letter. Determined to figure out what?s going on, Miranda returns to Los Angeles and embarks on her final scavenger hunt, following clues that introduce her to books and people from Billy?s past. No one will tell her why Billy disappeared from her life¥not her mother, her father, or the employees at Prospero Books¥so the scavenger hunt is her only hope to figure out what happened. Miranda quickly finds out that Billy wasn?t just the fun-loving uncle she remembers¥his life was also full of tragedy. As Miranda learns about his history, she must also juggle trying to save Prospero Books and deciding what she wants out of her life. Should she return to teaching and her boyfriend in Philadelphia, or would she rather stay with her family and her bookstore in LA? Miranda?s quest to learn more about her uncle leads to some surprises and plenty of references to literature, with clues hidden in classics like Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, and Bridge to Terabithia. Meyerson writes beautifully, with lush descriptions of LA and believable interactions between characters. Prospero Books is warm, inviting, and populated with lovably quirky employees readers will want to get to know.A lovely look at loss, family, and the comfort found in a good bookstore.Pub Date: June 12, 2018
 
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bentstoker | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 26, 2024 |
I really didn’t like this and should probably rate it lower.

I’m a sucker for any book set in s bookstore and this one also included a literary scavenger hunt but that couldn’t save it from the behavior of its silly and unlikeable characters. I felt strong dislike of Miranda, the main character, from the start and that made it impossible for me to appreciate the rest of the story.

So many bad decisions by so many characters! Predictable mystery too.
 
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hmonkeyreads | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
I found this book to be neither awesome nor terrible. The number one thing that killed it for me was that the main mystery was obvious by the second page of the story---no joke. A lot of that had to do with the book description on the dust jacket, though I probably would have figured it out fairly soon anyway. The rest of the mystery was clear by page 100. If they're going to be so obvious, I wish publishers would stop giving a teaser altogether. Oftentimes there is so much description in these blurbs that the reader is left knowing the plot and just reading the book for minor details.

Had the story been better written from the "mystery" point of view, it would have been a delightful tale full of fun riddles for the reader and a good look into the process of forgiveness.

The above frustrations, coupled with too many convenient plot hole fillers and the inevitable unnecessary foul language (does the average boring person really use this much language in mundane conversation? Are we really that primitive?) made it sort of a meh for me.

Author take note: Many of us refuse to read anything else by a new-to-us author when profanity is so blatant and unnecessary. Most people don't talk this way in normal conversation. Most people interested in reading a book like the one you wrote are intelligent enough to come up with more sophisticated words than the ones your characters can't help but utter. Are they falling off a cliff to their sudden deaths?---might be a more realistic place for all this profanity.
 
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classyhomemaker | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 11, 2023 |
So, the premise of this book sounded interesting... but it was just a meh read.

The main character was selfish and self-absorbed, the mystery was rather predictable, and the romance was even more predictable.

I did like the bookshop setting and the various literary quotes throughout but, really, what reader wouldn't?

There were also some sexual references and profanity.
 
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RachelRachelRachel | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 21, 2023 |
I so wanted to like this book- it was filled with likeable people, a fantastic bookshop, family Sturm und Drang - all things I enjoy reading about.
Minerva, the woman at the centre of the book, is suddenly left the estate of her mysterious Uncle Billy. He writes clues for her to follow to discover his mysteries and this leads Minerva through his mysterious life.

Lots of books are name-dropped in this novel and it is obvious the author is a lifelong fan of reading, but by the end of the book I just wanted to go back in time and slap Billy across the face.

Why? Because this is one of those books of unnecessary secrets that could have been solved if people just talked to each other and I find those irritating.

Also, the hiding of the clues stretched my imagination. A couple were left in a book in the bookshop, for example- what if someone bought that book? What if she hadn’t looked in the spare book room? What if she’d just left? Too much left up to chance and truly a tortuous way to find out about one’s past...

But I give it four stars because, despite my irritation, it is well-done enough to keep me reading to the end. An enjoyable read overall.
 
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Dabble58 | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 11, 2023 |
A good story with some unexpected plot twists. Unfortunately, not sure why, I had trouble following the characters as to their jobs, family relationships, except for the family at the heart of the story.
 
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schoenbc70 | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 2, 2023 |
WTF!!!

I was hoping for another good book about a bookshop, but what i got was someone who thinks that completely rewriting the rules of punctuation is somehow a good thing.

Speech is defined, in prose, by quotation marks, not just simply put into italics.   Italics means something completely different.   I'm not sure what Amy is trying to achieve with this stupid use of italics to define speech but it's utterly lost on me.

It was utterly ridiculous trying to read this, there's no hope of simply relaxing and just enjoying the story, you have to spend most of your attention deciphering the absolute lack of quotation marks and shambolic misuse of italics.   Add to this that most of the start of the book is people saying things and one simply has no choice but to quickly delete the book from ones Kindle.

Total waste of money.   Thanks Amy.   Go back to school and learn how to write before publishing books and taking people's money.

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5t4n5 | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 9, 2023 |
3.5 stars
This was a charming romance book that had a touch of magic mixed into it. I’m a lover of magic and the idea of someone being able to write person specific stories to read for themselves and once they do they are able to fall in love. Well I definitely would pay for those services.

It was a bit of a slow story though and it had zero spice.
The narration made the difference with Julia Whelen’s voice keeping me more interested than the story.
 
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GeauxGetLit | May 27, 2023 |
This novel had all the right ingredients: skeletons in the family closet, a scavenger hunt with clues based on the great classics, a neighbourhood bookstore and its handsome manager. For the most part, it works well. I did have a hard time with the petulant, at times downright annoying, narrator: sometimes I had a hard time remembering she was almost thirty and not a moody teenager. The story might have worked better in the third person, or maybe Miranda could have been a bit more mature.
Despite this, the book was fun to read, clues dropping along the way, events slowly morphing into a complete mosaic of the past. And of course, all the literary references that any book lover will enjoy.½
 
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Cecilturtle | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2023 |
As debut novels go, this an excellent story crafted by an author who teaches writing at the University of Southern California. Heart warming, engaging and illuminating, Amy's tribute to book stores, authors and forgiveness is interesting, emotional and fun. Using scavenger hunt as means for back story, book quotes as metaphors along with characters passionate about storytelling, as the plot evolves, so do the characters. When Miranda slowly uncovers the meaning of clues, we're taken on a journey of discovery where pieces of her life never fathomed are revealed, some of them startling. To quote the author, "Sadness is like a maze. You make some mistakes along the way, but eventually you find your way out". This is a story for ALL BOOK LOVERS as well as those who cherish book stores.
 
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Jonathan5 | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 20, 2023 |
A sequel novel of magnificent proportions

Having loved Amy's debut novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, I was excited to learn of her next one. The matriarch of the family passes and a granddaughter inherits what appears to be a costume jewelry brooch. With meticulous research Amy tells a story of a family that uncovers unknown mysteries and with each piece, momentum builds. While the characters aren't unique, the story and plot twists make up for it. Then like a magician, she distracts the reader in order to avoid what might seem predictable. The mark of a good writer is creative weaving of plot elements with relatable characters and story. Worthwhile in all respects, I'm eager to read Amy's next book
 
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Jonathan5 | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 20, 2023 |
Fun, fast read. Absolute page turner - a bit of a mystery, a bit of a love story, a bit of a family drama. Highly recommended.
 
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dria42 | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 2, 2023 |
I listened to this on audio. It took me awhile to really get into it but that's not the books fault! I was involved with getting my Dad settled into assisted living and very short of time. I listened and finished this book yesterday whole driving back home and loved it! The story of an imperfect family and how they handle the inheritance of a famous diamond.
 
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Dianekeenoy | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 18, 2022 |
I'm not the audience for this book. Seems to be written for young women. I was a little bored and wondering why I was keeping at it.
 
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jsmick | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 1, 2022 |
Miranda Brooks inherits a bookshop from her uncle. She travels across country for his funeral from her home in Philadelphia to Los Angeles. It is supposed to be a short trip, but her uncle has left her a trail of clues that leads her to discover the root of a family mystery and the secret of her uncle’s estrangement from her family.

I have mixed thoughts on this one. I generally enjoy books about books. The bookshop is almost like a separate character. I liked the literary references that held the clues. However, some are so obvious it seems odd that a book lover would not solve them immediately and others are so far-fetched it is amazing anyone could figure them out. The author engages in long expository passages. The subplot between Miranda and her boyfriend, who lives in Philadelphia, is immature. I did not get a sense of chemistry between any of the participants in the love triangle. Miranda is the narrator for most of the book, but at several points the narrative switches perspectives without warning, which detracts from the flow.

I think regular readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy this book more than I did. I can say I liked it, but it also had some drawbacks. I am going with three stars.
 
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Castlelass | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 30, 2022 |
I borrowed the audio version of The Bookshop of Yesterdays from hoopla as a break from the cozy mysteries I had been listening to. When her Uncle Billy dies, Miranda returns to Los Angeles to attend his funeral and consider her inheritance, Billy's bookstore, Prospero Books. After a fight with Miranda's mother many years before, Billy disappeared from Miranda's life. She remembered him as a fun-loving uncle who created elaborate scavenger hunts for her to solve, often based on books. His death sets off his last great scavenger hunt that leads Miranda to a painful, life-changing discovery.

Miranda, a late-twenty something middle school history teacher at a Quaker school outside Philadelphia, grew up in LA in a seemingly idyllic world with her parents. When she returns home after Billy's death and begins the hunt, she has a sense that her mother is hiding some secret that she feels she deserves to know. As the novel progresses, she becomes increasingly self-centered and, honestly, annoying. She seems to have little empathy for those around her who were also grieving Billy's death and struggling to complete his final wishes.

But, despite my sometimes irritation at Miranda, I really enjoyed the way Meyerson let the story unfold as we followed Miranda in her hunt and discovered the truth right alongside her.
 
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witchyrichy | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 29, 2022 |
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2018.
 
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fernandie | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 15, 2022 |
Good if a little predictable. I knew from the beginning how it was going to end, what the secret was going to be, just didn't know how they were going to get there. Add it to my list of Books about Books (and bookstores and libraries).
 
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Jen-Lynn | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 1, 2022 |
It seems for some reason I have been binging on books about bookstores. I found the recommendation for this one in a wonderful La Jollla bookstore - Waterstons. The bookstore of yesterdays is nothing like Waterstons. It references Shakespeare’s The Tempest. That play is also about forgiveness. It is said that there are only really a few plots - perhaps this illustrates that. The story is also about relationships - relationships that break and relationships that develop. It is about the protagonists journey to discover where she fits into her family. The uncle she seems to loose and then rediscovers after his death. He sends her on quests - in the end the quest is to find herself and her place in the world.
 
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waldhaus1 | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 22, 2022 |
The Bookshop of Yesterdays is an engaging novel in which the protagonist, Miranda, attempts to unravel a family mystery/secret. Miranda's uncle had been very close to her until one evening when he and Miranda's mother engage in a life-altering fight that forever ends Miranda's relationship with her uncle.
Years later, Miranda has traveled east, finished college and gotten into a serious but somewhat contentious relationship with a man and has moved in with him. When she receives information that the formerly favorite uncle whom she has seen or heard from for years, she travels to his funeral and begins to track down the mysteries of her past and those of her mother and her estranged, now deceased, brother.
Uncle Billy bequeathed Miranda his bookstore and has left for her a series of clues that will engage her enough to keep her from returning to her old life as she searches for the key to her own past.
What is enjoyable about this novel is its use of literary references and quotations to provide the clues Miranda uses to discover her family's darkest secret.
I was engaged by the plot, interested in the characters and found enough substance to keep me reading. I did find the last section of the book rather overdrawn with too many details that were rather supplemental to the main story. Once the central mystery had been solved, many things did need to be "tied up" and completed, but, in the absence of the literary tension provided by the book's main storyline, these details held less interest and became tedious to work through.
I would probably read another book by the same author since overall I did enjoy this one and admired her tight, detailed, plausible and engaging plot.
 
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PaulLoesch | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 2, 2022 |
 
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Overgaard | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 14, 2021 |
Love stories about books, book stores, libraries and such. This one was built around Shakespeare's last play, "The Tempest". At times well conceived and written, at others maddeningly juvenile. Does have a fairly original plot line.
 
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SusanWallace | 71 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 10, 2021 |
This is the story of an imperfect family, the Millers. The mother left the kids to be raised by their grandmother while she searched for something to make herself happy. The children have chosen different pathways, but all of them have problems. When their grandmother dies and leaves a famous diamond to one of the siblings, they have to band together to study their grandmother's and great grandmother's lives to determine how this historic jewel came to be in their poor family and why they never knew of its existence. The characters are beautifully developed. Their struggle to find answers brings them closer together and helps each of them reach a more perfect state in his or her life.
 
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DrApple | 11 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 30, 2021 |