Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The Bookshop Of Secrets By Mollie Rushmeyer

The Bookshop of Secrets
by Mollie Rushmeyer
Publisher: Love Inspired
ISBN:  978-1335426215

Who else is having heart eyes with this cover?! Did I want to be on Mollie's launch team because of the cover and title? Yes I did! Did she send me her book for being on her launch team? She did!


A collection of lost books holds the clues to her family's legacyand her future.

Hope Sparrow has mastered the art of outrunning her tragic past, learning never to stay anywhere too long and never to allow anyone control over her life again. Coming to Wanishin Falls in search of her family's history already feels too risky. But somewhere in the towering stacks of this dusty old bookshop are the books that hold Hope's last ties to her late mother—and to a rumored family treasure that could help her start over.

Only, the bookshop is in shambles, and the elderly owner is in the beginning stages of dementia and can’t remember where the books lie. To find the last links to the loved ones she's lost, Hope must stay and accept help from the townsfolk to locate the treasured volumes. Each secret she uncovers brings her closer to understanding where she came from. But the longer she stays in the quaint town, the more people find their way into the cracks in her heart. And letting them in may be the greatest risk of all…

My Review:

This is my first book by Mollie and won't be my last! I'll be honest, I judged the book by the cover so I had no idea what the story was about. There was SO much to take in between the covers and it was incredibly powerful!

I'm so VERY grateful for authors who are tackling tough topics that affect our world. I think it's important to mention that human trafficking (not saying the "s" word) it a vital part of this story. And while the author does an incredible job of helping us feel the horror through Hope, she doesn't overdo it to where the story feels fake or forced. Any reader will be impacted by Hope's story.

THAT being said, I just loved this story overall. As a caregiver I could relate to Ronan's family as they took care of his grandpa. Of course, there is the bookshop... which I wish existed because I'd love to visit it. If you've never been up to the Lake Superior area in Minnesota, it really came to life through the author's writing. It's a beautiful area.

We get to know Hope as she's trying to start a new life for herself, but she has to get some books her mom left her. That leads her to Wanishin Falls where Dusty Jackets is located. That's where she begins to meet the people of the town. If you have ever lived in a small town, you know you can't stay anonymous for long. Then she meets Ronan whose family has something of a reputation. As the story goes along, the layers of their lives begin to reveal themselves. And yes, the small town vibes play well into this story.

The faith element is wonderful and I enjoyed how the author added it into the treasure hunt. Speaking of which, there is a LOT of excitement that goes along with that storyline. Both Hope and Ronan have to figure out where they stand with the Lord. And if you like characters you enjoy disliking immensely, this one contains a few!

I can't wait for more stories from this author. Would I love for them to begin in Wanishin Falls? You wouldn't see me complaining!

About the Author:

Mollie writes Contemporary Fiction with a Heart for History, a blend of modern settings and fascinating historical elements woven throughout.

A born and bred Midwestern gal, Mollie Rushmeyer, makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She is not only a bibliophile (the dustier the better, in her opinion), she’s a true Britophile at heart. Tea and coffee fuel her travels, by Google maps at least, and her passion for the written word. 


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