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Found in a Bookshop: The perfect Autumn read - heart-warming and unforgettable

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I absolutely loved the first book and was never expecting a follow up when I listened to it in 2018. The idea about the book pharmacy and using books to fill the void whether we’re in a pandemic or just feeling a little lost in the world. Everything Stephanie Butland wrote about about that period was so relatable, even though the story was set in York - thank you. This is a wonderful idea for a novel and the creation of a book pharmacy during the Covid pandemic works so well to introduce so many different characters, each with their stories and needs. These vignettes truly capture the tone of 2020 with loneliness, fear and grief being juxtaposed with community, joy and love.

As certain as I have always been that I can be alone without being lonely, opening the covers, turning the pages, I know that I will find comfort in reading a book. It was one of my favourites that year, so it was great to catch up with Loveday and Nathan again even though it’s been 5 years. This is a time when, pre-vaccine, people who caught Covid were extremely ill, when NHS staff were exhausted, when other key workers such as supermarket workers and public transport staff daily put themselves at risk and when in general, most people were genuinely terrified. The novel encourages us to remember that sometimes, to move forward, there are goodbyes, and many are goodbyes that we never want to say.The idea is a success and they soon receive many letters from people requesting books to help them with the challenges they are facing during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. I started writing a very long review of this but accidentally lost it which is probably for the best as I sort of feel that if you can’t say anything nice you shouldn’t say anything at all.

I work in the library and read over 100 books a year in various genres but still would not be so presumptuous as to think I could recommend books to people I don’t know.

The most prominent of these being the story of Rosemary and George’s enduring relationship, told through a series of flashbacks throughout the book. I liked the idea that when you read the first sentence of any book, you are completing the author’s work.

There was some uplifting takeaway from the book and I did enjoy all the prescriptions of books for each character I even wrote some down that I would like to try. It's filled with the recommendations that they provide - books for loneliness, books to scare you, books for being normal or books to travel somewhere new.

The book touched my heart, but it was a difficult read as the pandemic and lockdowns seem so recent and perhaps it provoked some panicky memories of which I didn’t realise I had until I read this book.

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