The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
Miranda Brooks is content with her life in Philadelphia teaching history to her students. She just moved in with her boyfriend and is in the middle of planning a big houseparty when she receives a cryptic letter and a book from her Uncle in the mail. She knows it’s a clue. He always sent her on scavenger hunts when she was a little girl but she and her beloved Uncle haven’t spoken in over a decade. Later, party in full swing, she gets a phone call from her mother: her Uncle is dead. Miranda doesn’t tell her mother about the clue but returns to her family home in California to attend the funeral and visit her Uncle’s beloved bookstore Prospero Books. There she starts the journey to understand why her Uncle and mother broke all contact those years before and the secrets within her family.
I empathized with Miranda and her desire to get answers yet I found the answers to some of her questions pretty obvious. Granted, in her shoes I would not have been able to step back to look at my life in such a detached way, but as a reader the mystery wasn’t hard to puzzle out. Fans of literature and Shakespeare will enjoy the clues her Uncle leaves Miranda but thriller and mystery fans will know what’s coming way before the protagonist. Read as the awakening to a young woman to a new direction for her life tied in with a romance subplot this book excels.