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A book that will stay on my bookshelf,
This review is from: The Secret of Lost Things (Paperback)
This is one of those books that draws you into its fictional world. I've read so many books where I get half way through and don't really care whether I finish the story or about what happens to the characters. With this book I cared what happened while also not wanting to finish the story because I didn't want to step out of the world that Sheridan Hay had created.
It's a real book lovers book with most of the story taking place in the Arcade, a huge book store with a literary mystery at its heart. A book store peopled by intriguing characters.
At the start of the book Rosemary,following the death of her mother, travels from her native Tasmania to New York to start a new life. Rosemary, is a very likeable protagonist, so unassuming that she has no idea how other people may be attracted to her. Although the book is quite clearly set in a modern day New York, there is also a sense of timelessness about the setting of the narrative. This fable-like urban landscape is the backdrop for Rosemary's journey to real adulthood and a new life. It's a book that I'll keep on my bookshelf rather than passing on.