Feb 9, 2015

Book Review: THE BOOKSELLER by Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson, to be published March 3, 2015; Harper Collins Genre: women's fiction
Kitty the bookseller wakes up one morning in another world, one in which she is married with children and living in a bigger home than her present one, in a nicer neighborhood and with a loving architect husband.

Every time she goes to sleep, Kitty enters this strange world where she is known as the married Katharyn, her more formal birth name. Each time she wakes up from her dream, she is once again Kitty, the single owner of a small bookstore in Denver, which she operates with her best friend. Frieda. 
Kitty becomes conflicted between her two lives, both of which seem very real when she is inhabiting them. Which one will she choose in the end, and can she really choose? I was persuaded by her dilemma to read the book to the very end. It was an enjoyable adventure. 
An entertaining story and premise, with likable and believable characters showing us the power of our dreams and wishful thinking and how they can help us resolve inner conflicts. Kitty and her alter ego Katharyn are both intriguing. Get ready for a surprise ending.
Objective rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to Harper Collins for a proof of this book for review. 


Kay said...

I think this book sounds very interesting. And is it set in the 1960's? That's what the cover looks like. Kind of a Sliding Doors premise. I'll be on the lookout for this one. Thanks!

Katherine P said...

This sounds interesting! If I were Kitty/Katharyn I'd be exhausted by all that identity hopping. I have so many questions which I think means I need to pick this one up. Thanks for sharing!

Harvee said...

It is indeed in the 1960, Kay.

Harvee said...

I couldn't explain further without ruining the book for readers, Katherine, but I think you might like this one.

Brian Joseph said...

Though they seem very common these days I really like this alternate reality stories.

Interesting that the plot is set in the 1960s.

fredamans said...

This is one I have wishlisted.

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