Published: March 26, 2019 by Park Row
Dates Read: March 30 – April 5, 2019
Genre/Category: Humorous / Domestic Fiction
Read For: NetGalley Free Copy for Review
Lifetime movies meets the introverted librarian and gains a 4 solid stars from me. Phaedra Patrick has written a tender and heartwarming novel with serious undertones that revolves around a library, books, and some amazing stories.
When a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep with a dedication written to her from her passed away grandmother, Martha Storm discovers a clue that her grandmother may still be alive. Determined to discover the truth, she reveals a secret that will change her life forever.
I had read a few reviews about this book and was looking forward to reading it because most people were calling it lighthearted and laugh out loud funny. I needed some sort of diversion from the serious books I have been reading lately but unfortunately this book did not check off those boxes for me. What I got was so much better. This novel was so amazingly written I actually had a HOLY CRAP moment half way through the book. I was so overcome with emotion at how brilliant a story about family dynamics and parental structure this was; I totally did not see any of it coming at all. Between the mother-in-law/husband/wife/daughter/sister/coworker and friend relationships that occur here, there’s enough psychological drama that definitely qualify for a Lifetime movie. There is a lot more lost and being found in this library than just books.
For anyone who exists in the world today, we all come with some sort of baggage, so it is easy to find some sort of personal connection to this story whether it is with Martha’s grandmother, her father and mother’s relationship, Martha’s relationship with her parents and her sister, how Martha’s handles her current personal environment, as well as the many other issues that occur that I won’t list. I mention this because I myself experienced some strong feelings as I was reading because the character development of Martha’s father hit home for me. I don’t think these feelings influenced my opinion at all but part of me feels that maybe by having them I was able to connect with this storyline just a little bit more. Martha is every person who has grown up with a sense of morality, regardless of her own wants and needs.
There’s a point before the end of the book that leaves you with this “please don’t end this way” feeling, and when you reach it, you’ll know what I mean. I mention this only because it brings an odd sense of satisfaction and disappointment all at once, like you don’t want it to end this way but if it does you’re ok with it. The storyline takes a unusual detour at this moment, but it is quite necessary for closure. The book ends with a nice wrap up, which truly was heartfelt. (I guess this is where the heartwarming feelings from the other reviewers come into play).
Overall I enjoyed this novel, I would definitely recommend it if asked, although I would not categorize it as a laugh out loud type of book, this definitely fits in the domestic fiction genre. It was well written and I found that I was interested in the characters and the plot and was vested in the story.
Thank you to NetGalley and ParkRow for a Free Copy of this book for an honest and non biased review.