A delightful read with interesting and wonderful characters. I didn't want to put it down!
When we first meet bookstore owner A.J. Fikry, he is in a bad place. He is recently widowed and lonely, the bookstore he owns is experiencing the worst sales in its history and his rare collection of Edgar Allen Poe poems has just been stolen. The resident of a small island on the East Coast, he is slowly isolating himself from everyone around him, including the local police officer who has always frequented the bookstore and been kind to him, the sister-in-law who is trying to pull him out of his grief and the new sales rep from a small publishing company.
Not long after his Poe poems are stolen, A.J. finds a baby girl left in the bookstore with a note from the mother who can no longer take care of her. A.J. decides to take the small child in-- eventually adopting her-- and this begins his transformation. In his new role as dad, A.J. begins to change his life and his attitude, and people around him are noticing. More customers visit his store, he develops more connections and friendships with people around him and Amelia, from the small publishing company, begins to see him in a new light.
This is a wonderful story about loss, love and second chances. A.J.'s evolution is rocky at times, but fun to experience. This is a great read for book lovers everywhere!
I work in Adult Services and co-host the book discussion group, Literary Libations. I enjoy reading and listening to audiobooks (of course!), yoga and cooking with my husband.