Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The Book Haters' Book Club by Gretchen Anthony

All it takes is the right book to turn a Book Hater into a Book Lover…

That was Elliott’s belief and the reason why he started The Book Haters’ Book Club—a newsletter of reading recommendations for the self-proclaimed “nonreader.” As the beloved co-owner of Over the Rainbow Bookstore, Elliott’s passion and gift was recommending books to customers. Now, after his sudden death, his grief-ridden business partner, Irma, has agreed to sell Over the Rainbow to a developer who will turn the cozy bookstore into high-rise condos.

But others won’t give up the bookstore without a fight. When Irma breaks the news to her daughters, Bree and Laney, and Elliott’s romantic partner, Thom, they are aghast. Over the Rainbow has been Bree and Laney’s sanctuary since childhood, and Thom would do anything to preserve Elliott’s legacy. Together, Thom, Bree and Laney conspire to save the bookstore, even if it takes some snooping, gossip and minor sabotage.

Filled with humor, family hijinks and actual reading recommendations, The Book Haters' Book Club is the ideal feel-good read. It’s a celebration of found family and a love letter to the everyday heroes who run bookstores.

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 13th 2022
 by Park Row
3.5/5 stars

This was an interesting book to read, I pretty well went in blind, given the title I knew this bookish bookworm needed to not just read it but have a copy on my shelf.

Told from a number of different POV‘s showcased four individuals dealing with grief in a unique mannerism, then throw in the sale of this beloved bookstore and mayhem ensues.

Things started slowly for me with this quirky bunch, it took a bit to adjust to the banter, one liners and 5th pov.  But once I got my groove I enjoyed this read, finishing the last 40% in one afternoon.  The dialogue was unique, witty but at times a bit much. There were lots of great book recommendations scattered throughout, which I loved. Relationship issues/communication plays center stage, whether between mother/daughters, sister/sister and even scattered throughout the neighborhood.

The Book Haters' Book Club is a heartwarming story with a carefully plotted story. It was unique with its twists scattered throughout. Though a season of grief, it is also a time of self discovery, romance and taking a stand. 

I like that this takes place in present day with absolutely no reference to the pandemic at all.

My thanks to HarperCollins Canada and Park Road books for a print ark in exchange for a honest review

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