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The Bookseller's Secret
The Bookseller's Secret: A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII | Michelle Gable
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The Bookseller's Secret is a delight from start to finish, a literary feast any booklover will savor! Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code ARISTOCRAT, AUTHOR, BOOKSELLER, WWII SPYA THRILLING NOVEL ABOUT REAL-LIFE LITERARY ICON NANCY MITFORD In 1942, London, Nancy Mitford is worried about more than air raids and German spies. Still recovering from a devastating loss, the once sparkling Bright Young Thing is estranged from her husband, her allowance has been cut, and shes given up her writing career. On top of this, her five beautiful but infamous sisters continue making headlines with their controversial politics. Eager for distraction and desperate for income, Nancy jumps at the chance to manage the Heywood Hill bookshop while the owner is away at war. Between the shops brisk business and the literary salons she hosts for her eccentric friends, Nancys life seems on the upswing. But when a mysterious French officer insists that she has a story to tell, Nancy must decide if picking up the pen again and revealing all is worth the price she might be forced to pay. Eighty years later, Heywood Hill is abuzz with the hunt for a lost wartime manuscript written by Nancy Mitford. For one woman desperately in need of a change, the search will reveal not only a new side to Nancy, but an even more surprising link between the past and present With a vivid cast of unforgettable characters, Gable expertly and cleverly delivers wit, humor, and intrigue on every page. What a delightful escape. Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things A triumphant tale that highlights the magic of bookshops and literature to carry people through even the darkest days of war. Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday
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Mshookquilts
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We get a peek into a modern author‘s life as well as Nancy Mitford‘s during WWII. A good read and I love, love the ending (2nd to last chapter). I felt the book missed some of the magic from the previous books of Ms. Gable, but I wouldn‘t have missed it if this were my 1st experience with her writing.

FeatherV It‘s not my favorite of hers, but I will religiously read every single thing she writes haha 3mo
FeatherV Though I did also stay up all night reading this one 🤣😂 3mo
Mshookquilts @FeatherV Oh I enjoyed it! And, I will still read her next one. It was good; it just didn‘t hit the magical level I felt the previous 2 did. Though, she says in her acknowledgment that she gave it her all. 3mo
FeatherV @Mshookquilts my sentiments exactly 3mo
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Danay
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22 #11 I hated this book. I barely finished it. The current day story line held my attention a tiny bit more than the war time story. But it fell flat in the end. It was all just awful.

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kspenmoll
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I have mixed feelings about this book.Granted, it was a clever idea to novelize Nancy Mitford‘s war years at the Heywood Hill Bookshop in London and her romance with a French colonel. But the present storyline didn‘t do it for me. Yes,there are parallels drawn to both Nancy and Kate‘s writers block,& the bookshop,but Kate seemed rather immature to me for someone 40 years old.I was not sympathetic to her character. #fabulousfebruary #readathon

Suet624 Great review. 💕 4mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 Thanks my friend! 4mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4mo
kspenmoll @Andrew65 Thanks for all your positive cheerleading!!! 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyforcast #historicalfiction #NancyMitford #ShetlandIslandsMysteries #JaneAusten #Philosophy #MartinHagglund #ThisLife #AdventuresinPhilosophy #BooksAboutBooks
I plan to finish The Booksellers Secret this week.Listened 3 hours today while cooking for the Super Bowl.Read 3 chapters in Arsenic with Austen,which I should also finish. Read just a few pages in This Life,a buddy read with designated pages per week.#fabulousFebruary #readathon

Cinfhen Enjoy 💕 4mo
Andrew65 Doing well. Enjoy Blue Lightning, a key book in the series. (edited) 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#audio
Listening while cooking dinner.

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SilverShanica
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Mehso-so

While the book seems to have been well written, I found the contemporary characters difficult to relate to. I enjoyed the historical parts with Nancy Mitford, but as I‘m not familiar with her book or the story of her infamous family, I felt I missed some of the nuances. Overall it was an ok story.

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BookBosomed1
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I live in an unincorporated tiny country town. Besides the beautiful countryside, like the river that runs behind my house, the best thing about living here is the library bookmobile that makes a stop across from my house every 2 weeks. If I‘m not home, the bookmobile librarians drop off the books I have on hold at my front door. This was today‘s haul. 1/2 of the holds became available at the same time. Decisions, decisions. 😬 🎉

Mitch Fight Night - looking forward to this one 7mo
BookBosomed1 @Mitch I hadn‘t heard of it until I saw it on another person‘s TBR list. I only have it for 14 days so, hopefully, I‘ll be able to read & finish it! 7mo
EvieBee What a wonderful perk! 7mo
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wanderinglynn How fun! Looks like a great selection! 7mo
candority Hey there! I just tried to email you, but it bounced back. Could you please confirm your email address? Or better yet, send me an email at brooke.giles.ghss@hotmail.com so I can send you your #Bestof2021Swap match! 7mo
SamanthaMarie That sounds so dreamy!! 7mo
BookBosomed1 @candority Aha! I‘ll email you. 7mo
BookBosomed1 @SamanthaMarie It is! I‘ll try to get a pic one of these days. 7mo
BookBosomed1 @wanderinglynn Yes! Where to start… 7mo
candority @BookBosomed1 I just sent your match to the email you provided on my post! 🤞 7mo
SamanthaMarie Yes please do! I would love to see it!! 7mo
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SilversReviews
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“a dual-narrative set at the famed Heywood Hill Bookshop in London.”

FULL POST: https://tinyurl.com/3u6yffsp

@mgablewriter
@harpercollins
@parkrowbooks

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MsMelissa
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This newest addition to my TBR mountain might be of interest to you @LeahBergen 😊

MaureenMc Nancy Mitford?! *stacked* 10mo
MsMelissa @MaureenMc I knew there would be a few other readers who would be interested in this one 😊 10mo
LeahBergen Ooo! You KNOW I love those Mitfords! 😍 10mo
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 196.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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