Publisher's Note:  

Brilliant, idealistic Esme Garland moves to Manhattan armed with a pres­tigious scholarship at Columbia University. When Mitchell van Leuven— a New Yorker with the bluest of blue New York blood—captures her heart with his stunning good looks and a penchant for all things erotic, life seems truly glorious . . . until a thin blue line signals a wrinkle in Esme’s tidy plan. Before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he suddenly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all.

Determined to master everything from Degas to diapers, Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore, finding solace in George, the laconic owner addicted to spirulina, and Luke, the taciturn, guitar-playing night manager. The oddball customers are a welcome relief from Columbia’s high-pressure halls, but the store is struggling to survive in this city where nothing seems to last.

When Mitchell recants his criticism, his passion and promises are hard to resist. But if Esme gives him a second chance, will she, like her beloved book­store, lose more than she can handle? A sharply observed and evocative tale of learning to face reality without giv­ing up on your dreams, The Bookstore is sheer enchantment from start to finish.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Gallery Books

The Bookstore

by Deborah Meyler

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The characters in The Bookstore are so bright and colorful and live up to the quirky lives that indie bookstore employees often have. What instantly attracted me to this book was that it focuses on a young woman who works guessed it...a bookstore. The main character, Esme, is obviously facing very difficult decisions in her life and she finds some answers to her questions at her workplace. She matures and changes a lot throughout the story, going from a confused school-girl, to a full-fledged adult. Though it is my opinion that the author was a little too heavy-handed on the sex scenes and the love lives of some of her characters, it may have been necessary to get crucial points across in her story as Esme gets into a little trouble because she is naive. All in all, this was a delightful read that reminded me of the at-home feeling I get when I walk into a cozy bookstore.

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Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 10 mild obscenities; 2 religious profanities; 1 derogatory name; 2 anatomical terms; 24 F-word derivatives.


Violence/Gore:  None


Sex/Nudity:  There are several instances where sex is mentioned casually, as well as "sex lives" being referred to; a woman is pregnant but not married; adults kiss multiple times, several of them are very passionate; a man touches his girlfriend suggestively; a man refers to a woman as more of a sex object than a woman; a man and woman have sex and the woman ends up pregnant; the main character mentions sexual need and desire multiple times; a "sex dungeon" is referred to, as are prostitutes; a man has a slight porn fetish.

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Pregnancy, interpersonal relationships.

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Adults drink beer and wine casually.

Reviewed By Lydia
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