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The Bookseller


If I would have read The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson before I wrote my top 15 books of 2015, this would have definitely been on this list! This book had such a good plot, and it was a pretty fast read, plus the twist at the end made it all worth it. If you are into the books about waking up in a new life, this book is definitely one you are going to want to put on your TBR list.

One of the interesting this about this debut novel, is that it follows a woman from the 1960’s, which is something that I haven’t seen in a book like this before. Kitty Miller runs a book store with her best friend Frieda, she lives a pretty quiet life with her cat, and spends the rest of her time working, or reading the post cards that her mother has been sending to her from Hawaii. Theres no man in her life, but she’s okay with that.

Things change though, when one morning she wakes up in a room that ins’t hers, well actually it is hers, but it seems that she is awake in a dream. The husband in her dream wants her to go take care of one of their sick children, and she realizes that she can seem fully awake in this dream world.

Eventually, every night she starts to go to this dream world, and meets her fake family. Kitty starts to get really confused and a little bit scared, because she is realizing that she can remember events that didn’t happen in the dreams, like the birth of her children. How can she remember that if she didn’t dream it? She starts to wonder what’s real and whats a dream anymore, and the twisting, turning ending will leave you on your head.

This book was just a wonderful, exciting and whimsical read, I really enjoyed trying to figure out the world like Kitty. The only thing that kind of irked me was that the author explained the ending, but she didn’t necessarily explain why it was happening. I guess I just needed more information at that point. It seemed like the book was coming to an end and there were so many more questions I had. Regardless of that, this was one of my favorite books I read recently, 5 out of 5 stars! I received this book from my local library, I bet it’s at yours too, go check it out!

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