The Bookbinder's Daughter - Book REVIEW
Reading The Bookbinder's Daughter is to fall under a spell.
Enchanting to say the least.
#TheBookbindersDaughter is Unputdownable
I loved everything about this book. The characters were well fleshed out, especially our MC, Sophie Lawrence, that you fall in love with from the beginning. What I liked the most about her was that even though she was searching for answers and the truth about her past, she was presented as a very strong woman, instead of weak and whiny. She wasn't afraid to take action, and always willing to take risks, but without being a fool. I was rooting for her the whole time.
The setting was so well described, that you could submerge right into it and feel the atmosphere surrounding you. I think it's the words she uses that makes it so vivid. I quote, so you see what I mean:
“A tree… ...It stretches beyond understanding, so very far beyond my dreams.” It feels eternal."
You see? I saw the tree, tall as she described, and I wanted to be standing there, in front of it, just like Sophie. I wanted those leaves she described, to fall all over me, no matter if they burned me.
“She could feel the weight of centuries clinging to it.”
I literally stopped and started wondering how much a century would weigh. This sentence says so much in only ten words. Brilliant!
The story captured me from the beginning. The narrator, Charlie Norfolk, did an amazing job bringing the story to life. But it was the musicality of the words combined with all the similes and metaphors which made me fall in love with Thorne's writing style. This was my first time reading a work by Jessica Thorne. I'm happy to say she didn't disappoint me.
“Words have power.”
This is (SO TRUE!) and in my opinion, it sums up what Sophie's story is all about. It's also a lesson we should all learn and apply to our lives. Words are powerful, indeed. We all need to be wiser with how we use our words.
The prologue starts with a dream, a beautiful and mysterious tree. The dream is so vivid, it'll not only capture her, but also the readers. If you love fantasy, believe me when I say, you won't be able to put it down. On chapter one she receives a letter. Here's a fragment of the blurb from GR:
Sophie Lawrence, (our MC), is offered a job at the Ayredale Library – the finest collection of rare books in the world, and the last place her bookbinder mother was seen when Sophie was just a teenager – she leaps at the chance. Will she finally discover what happened to the woman she’s always believed abandoned her?
The acceptance of that job takes us into an adventure full of mystery, enchantment, envy and love, to mention a few.
I really loved the ending. It all came together and it didn't leave me with unanswered questions or a bad taste on my palate. I can't say much without spoiling it, so you have to read it in order to know what happens.
This Gem of a book is coming out soon! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I want to thank #NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange of an honest review. I loved the book, and I know Sophie's story will stay with me for a long time.