Twenty-seven year old Gertrude Brown drives a ’73 VW Beetle named Lulu. Her long red hair compliments her multi-colored jacket, leggings and vintage combat boots as she comes into the town of Truhart, Michigan. She comes back to the place of her troubled childhood to inherit Books From The Hart, a bookstore with thousands of books, from her great-aunt Gertrude C. Brown. Trudy, as she likes to be called, sees a mysterious figure lurking near the bookstore and it turns out to be a tall, blond Englishman named Christopher “Kit” Darlington. Kit is known to all the local women as “my lord” and has quite a fan club following in town. Kit is a Cambridge professor, who offers to help Trudy by cleaning and organizing the huge piles of books covering the entire store. Trudy accepts Kit’s help because she wants to get rid of the books as soon as she can, sell the store and to take off for Southeast Asia. Trudy and Kit become the most unlikely pair; together they cause the local women to wonder what the attraction could be. Author, Cynthia Tennent has written an satisfying story with a cast of quirky characters that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. The storyline is unique and engrossing enough to have you reading into the night! I really enjoyed this book with its inclusion of the topic of dyslexia and would recommend it to anyone who likes a soft, easy story peppered with a bit of romance.
The Bookshop on Autumn Lane by Cynthia Tennent will be available October 11, 2016 by Kensington Publishing Inc. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.