The Bookbinder’s Guide to Love

Harlequin. Jan. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781335041562. pap. $12.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Serafina Conte is happy in Birch Lake, ME, the first place she’s experienced stability after a lifetime in foster care. With her best friends, Poppy and Liberty, she runs the witchy WiCKed Sisters shop, whose popularity skyrocketed after pop star Amber Rapp credited her success to Sera’s homemade intention journals. When Sera’s bookbinding mentor, Ford, passes away, his estranged grandson, Wesley, demands the box of books that Ford left to Sera. She’s reluctant to give up the books but offers Wes a deal—if he works with her at WiCKed Sisters for six weeks, she will tell him all of her stories about his grandfather. Soon, Wes and Serafina see that there may be more to their budding relationship than meets the eye, but they must each first learn to love themselves individually before they can be together. Readers will love smart, grounded Sera and her well-developed relationship with Wes, which makes up for some occasionally clunky dialogue, as well as the emotionally and narratively satisfying ending of this sweet and sexy novel from Garbera (Falling for the Enemy).
VERDICT Perfect for readers looking for a witchy romance.
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