The Messy Lives of Book People

Park Row: Harlequin. May 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780778312000. pap. $16.99. F
This latest from the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and The Library of Lost and Found is a feel-good story in which hearts are mended, lives find purpose, and books are the touchstones to finding life’s secrets. Aspiring writer and mother of two Liv Green is the housekeeper for bestselling author Essie Starling and her biggest fan. Essie’s a prickly boss, but Liv needs the money to keep her family afloat and she loves the heady atmosphere of literary fame. When Essie passes away suddenly, Liv learns that her dying wish was for Liv to finish her last novel. With just months to finish the book and meet the publisher’s deadline, Liv digs in, realizes that she loves to write and discovers secrets of her own past and Essie’s that connect them in a way that changes her life forever.
VERDICT A chair on the sand or a window seat near a fireplace would be the perfect venue to soak in this simply delightful read.
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