Book Review: The Bookstore Sisters

Author: Alice Hoffman

Rating: 3 stars

Book Blurb:

Isabel Gibson has all but perfected the art of forgetting. She’s a New Yorker now, with nothing left to tie her to Brinkley’s Island, Maine. Her parents are gone, the family bookstore is all but bankrupt, and her sister, Sophie, will probably never speak to her again.

But when a mysterious letter arrives in her mailbox, Isabel feels herself drawn to the past. After years of fighting for her independence, she dreads the thought of going back to the island. What she finds there may forever alter her path—and change everything she thought she knew about her family, her home, and herself.

I started off giving this 4 stars but reduced it to 3 after thinking about it. This was good. It was about a woman coming to terms with her past. A present crisis in her life triggers the grief she never dealt with from years ago. Now I know this was a short story, and Alice Hoffman’s writing draws you in, but I still found this lacking… something.

It did make me want to read an actual book of hers though. Again, I am a fan of her writing style.

Recommend if you have a little time to kill and want to not think too hard about anything.


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