The Book Lover by Maryann McFadden
Guest Review by Chris
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Official Summary: Ruth Hardaway has had one passion all her life: books. For thirty years she's devoted her life to her book store, trying to bury her painful past. But now the store is in jeopardy, and the past is catching up with her. Lucinda Barrett lost everything in a life-shattering betrayal. Desperate, she goes after one last dream - to be an author. Alone and broke, she embarks on a journey, eventually landing on Ruth's doorstep. Ruth takes Lucy under her wing, championing her book and even offering her refuge at a nearby lake cabin. In return, she wants Lucy to keep an eye on her son, Colin, who's recovering from a war injury. As the two women grow closer and begin to face the past, neither has any idea that their toughest decisions lie ahead - or that their friendship is about to fall apart because of a little white lie.
Review: The Book Lover was a wonderful read. From the beginning, we are involved with the two main characters' journey in finding true happiness in themselves.
It's about betrayal, finding love where you least expect it, and the wonderful world of books that brings them together.
My favorite character is Ruth. She is a staple in her community, loves her family, truly devoted to her book store and her employees. Ruth has loved and has endured loss. I really enjoyed how she decided to let her feelings for a man, who she knew her family wouldn't approve of, not stop her from finding love again.
Another thing I did like throughout the book was the character, Colin, came back from the Iraq War with a dramatic injury. I thought how he was portrayed was very thoughtful and telling. We felt his emotions. Having a son in the military, it was very heartfelt.