The Bookstore Sisters by Alice Hoffman
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

It’s always hard for me to pass on a book about a bookstore. So, I’m glad this one turned out to be delightful! This is my first book by Alice Hoffman, and I loved it. I’d actually been wanting to read one of her books for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to it. As soon as I saw this short story, I knew it was my chance to finally read something by her, and couldn’t pass on it. Well, that and the title 📚.

Isabel has been living in NYC for years, trying to forget everything she left behind at Brinkley’s Island, where she grew up in Maine. Her sister, Sophie, still lives at the island. She has a teenage daughter, and is now a widow. Isabel and Sophie were best friends while growing up. Now as grown-ups, they’ve been estranged from each other for years.

Could the bookstore that tore them apart bring them back together?

This is a touching story about the sisters’ relationship (past and present), and the community that’s ready to help them move forward. The characters are endearing, and the bookstore in the small-town setting adds plenty of charm to the story. Something else I enjoyed, is the storytelling style with whimsical aspects (those dessert names!) and humor sprinkled throughout.

Overall, this is a heartwarming story, and I didn’t want it to end. I just wanted to stay at Brinkley’s Island a little longer, amongst the endearing characters and charming bookstore. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.

Have you enjoyed any books by Alice Hoffman?