It has been a while since I picked up a Holly Hepburn and I do prefer them when they are the complete novel as opposed to the serial parts realised. It means you can completely immerse yourself as I did with this joyous book.
Hope has lost her husband and finds herself back in York, where she grew up and is now back near her family. She needs to move on and build a new life without her love.
Since a small child she has walked past and stared in the window of the Ever After Emporium and always wanted to step inside. When a sign in the window is looing from some part time staff, Holly sees this as a sign to building her new life. Within the shop there are antiques, curios and wonderful Knick-knacks that caters for probably everyone. The shop and all that it contains is brought to life from the pages of the book and I felt I was in the shop every time the plot took us back there. Every object has a story to tell but it is the puzzle box and emerald ring that set Hope out on a new adventure.
One that takes her to the jeweller and his niece further along the road, to the university and a professor and to the story of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and a forbidden love affair. So much is going on that I was completely invested in the book and whilst events took some twists and turns there was so much love, friendship and community in this book that it just simply glowed with a warm cosy book.
The perfect book as a pick me up when you are feeling blue and you want to spend some time all warm and cosy. A book like this is a balm to the reading soul and sometimes we just need to indulge.
Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
The Little Shop of Hidden Treasures is out now.