The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson is chock-full of literary references, as one might expect of a novel about a bookshop. This author’s debut centers on a 27-year-old girl named Miranda who teaches history. News of the death of her Uncle Billy leads her home to California and the bookshop she inherits.
Uncle Billy may be deceased, but one-by-one, Miranda is led on a literary treasure hunt orchestrated by Billy prior to his death. Ultimately, a surprising secret is revealed which alters the course of Miranda’s life.
I enjoyed much of this clever story. The book trail of clues was admirable. The end of the story however, disappointed me. In a way it was too predictable to me and I suppose I would have preferred something unexpected after following cryptic clues throughout the novel. Still in all, this novel held my interest up until the end which leads me to recommend it to my book-loving followers.