The Bookseller is set in the early 1960s and centers around Kitty Miller and her best friend Frieda Green. These almost 40-year old women have been friends since high school and own a small bookstore together. They seem very satisfied with their lives until we are introduced to Kitty’s alternate dream world where she is married, a mother, and is known as Katharyn rather than her childhood nickname. As the story progresses, the line between reality and dream world becomes blurry until you reach the end of the novel.
I think a reader with a more critical eye will see the plot twists coming long before I did. I found the story to be very engaging. I didn’t want to put it down. The book explores relationships between friends, between lovers, and between parents and children. It had a few tender scenes that brought me to tears.
The writing style is easy to read, and I enjoyed the character development. I highly recommend it as a great summer read.
Review Submitted by: Sandi Hauenstein
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: Book published in 2015 & book recommended by a friend.