The Book of Silver Linings

Books on Tape. Aug. 2023. 9:34 hrs. ISBN 9780593684658. $76. F
Constance Sparks strives to please the people around her and thinks she’s doing all right. She is a paralegal for a top-level law firm, taking on extra work with alacrity. She’s able to work with her best friend, and she volunteers at a last-chance animal shelter in her free time. She has a wonderful fiancé, though she isn’t ready to share her secrets with him. It’s totally fine that she has given up so many parts of herself to do what everyone else wants, right? What starts as an investigation into the history of her antique engagement ring takes Constance on a magical journey of discovery, connecting her to the people who owned her ring years earlier. As Constance delves into their stories, she takes stock of her life and priorities. With shades of the film The Shop Around the Corner, Fischer (The Speed of Falling Objects) creates a contemplative story about staying true to oneself and recognizing one’s worth. Narrator Eileen Stevens skillfully distinguishes the multiple women characters and presents an engaging audio experience.
VERDICT Recommended for readers of thoughtful contemporary romances, such as those by Sarah Addison Allen.
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