The Printed Letter Bookshop

“Aren’t books pure joy?”

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay is a new book that all book lovers will enjoy with several references to books throughout. The story is told from 3 perspectives of the women that work in the book shop. The small town feel is great and makes you want to visit their town and the book shop. The story focuses on a young woman who inherits a bookshop from her aunt. It makes her evaluate her life as an attorney and what she truly wants.  I would recommend this book for summer reading since it is a nice light read with some predictability. This was my first book to read from this author and I plan to read some of her other books soon. Thank you Celebrate Lit for this e-book to review and you can visit other blogs on this book tour here. There is a giveaway to win a print copy of this book here.

About the Author:

Reay Katherine

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.


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High Five


High Five by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is a new interactive book that has kids giving high fives while reading the book. My son absolutely loves Dragons Love Tacos so we had to check out this new book and they loved it. I love creative books that have kids interact during the story.

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My Lovely Wife

2D533D33-96A3-472B-81EC-4347B1ED4AA9My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing is a new thriller that I would put in my top thrillers for the year. Once I got over the strange feeling of reading from the perspective of a killer, the story picked up and had some good twists. It was definitely one that left you with questions. I do not want to give spoilers so will just share the premise of a married couple with kids that decide to start killing women to add excitement to their marriage.

I would also recommend these thrillers:


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A Mother’s Love


Books written for kids from the perspective of a parent make me tear up almost every time I read them. These books share a special message for kids of how loved they are:

That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Teagan White is beautifully illustrated and shares the love of a mother for her child.

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal and illustrated by Holly Hatam is written for girls and the dreams parents have for these sweet girls.

Dear Boy, by Paris and Jason Rosenthal and illustrated by Holly Hatam is brand new and is the follow up for boys. This book shares the dreams parents have for their sons.


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Mother’s Day Picture Books


Here are some books to help celebrate moms for Mother’s Day:

Bedtime For Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and LeUyen Pham is a family favorite about a little girl playing the role of the mother. She has to put her Mommy to bed and of course the mom needs a drink before bed and wants to read several books. The humor in this book is wonderful.

Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon is for younger kids, but my kids still love it. My 5 year old likes to read the words and thinks the book is so funny.

The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain shares how the cubs want to surprise Mama Bear for Mother’s Day. We love these characters and enjoy special holiday books.


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Introverted Mom

Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin is a new book for mothers that are introverted. I could relate to so much in this book. Over the past few years I have realized how truly introverted I am. Reading has definitely been a big help recently in giving me alone time or quiet time with noisy kids. I wish I had learned these truths 10 years ago when I began my motherhood journey. I am thankful for this book now and learning practical ways to fill myself up so that I can be a better mother and wife to my family. I really enjoyed the style of this book. Jamie shares from other women authors such as Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder about being introverted. Thank you for letting me be apart of the launch team and getting to read an advanced copy of this wonderful book.

Jamie C. Martin is blogger that I have followed for years with great content about motherhood and homeschooling. I would also highly recommend her other book:

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New Children’s Books About Colors

Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree by Angela Henderson  has a unique story which my 5 year old loved to read. A little boy visits a tree in the winter and brings fruit to snack on. Some magic begins in the form of ice cream. It also covers the days of the week as part of the story. Thank you to Celebrate Lit for this review copy. You can get a free coloring page here. The story behind this book is interesting because the author wrote the story based on an idea her son came up with.


When God Made Color by Sheri Carmon is a children’s book about creation. This is a beautiful telling of the story of God creating the world. The descriptions of the colors used to make the world is a new way to look at the creation story.  Thank you to Celebrate Lit for this review copy. You can view a fun promo video here.


If you would like to enter a giveaway to win these books and some art supplies, you can enter  here.


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Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon by Melody Carlson is a YA Christian fiction book. In this story, a teenage girl dies in a car accident. Her family unravels after her death. The mother deals with addiction issues and her marriage is in trouble. A younger sister finds the  diary that her deceased sister had hidden away and while reading it finds out who her sister really was.  This book covers hard issues such as the loss of a child in a very real way.  I enjoyed how these hard issues were handled from a teenage girl’s perspective and her experiences grieving and trying to save the rest of her family. Thank you to Celebrate Lit for this ebook copy to review.


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Dear Mother

7D448C0D-5F87-4210-87E4-176EBFA55C18Dear Mother: Poems On The Hot Mess Of Motherhood by Bunmi Laditan is a wonderful poetry book for moms. It has the power to make you tearful covering issues of loss and the overwhelming love for your kids. There is also a lot of humor and the feeling of relating and that someone else understands the amazing feeling that only motherhood can bring. This is a perfect book for any mother for Mother’s Day.

” To embrace my child

is to feel my entire body come alive

with the kind of love

I though was only reserved

for fairy tales”

-Bunmi Laditan page 11

Other books by her that I love:

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The Girl He Used To Know

39E2BCC6-B96D-424A-862F-8D549C42DCA7The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves has been all over Instagram lately and I can see why. This book was very well written to give you the perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum. She falls in love in college and they later reconnect. The story is told during her college years and ten years later in 2001. This book was a fast read and the love story was so sweet. I love when a book surprises you by how much you enjoy it.

“I want to work at a library someday,” I said. “I want to spend every waking day of my adult life surrounded by books.”
― Tracey Garvis Graves, The Girl He Used to Know

I would also recommend reading What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum which is a YA book about a teen on the autism spectrum.

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