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Ik hou erg van boeken met verschillende tijdlijnen en dit is ook zo'n boek. Het speelt zich voornamelijk af in Dublin tussen 1921 en 1952 met het verhaal van Opaline Carlisle en in het heden met het verhaal van Martha en Henry. Met een prachtige bijrol voor Mevr. Bowden.
Dat het over boeken en boekwinkels gaat is natuurlijk een extra laagje voor de boekenliefhebber die ik ben en het vleugje magie dat over alles heen ligt maakt het helemaal af.
Henry is een ambitieuze onderzoeker. Hij probeert zeldzame eerste uitgaven te vinden van beroemde klassiekers. Bij toeval stuit hij op een prachtige boekenwinkel maar als hij die een dag later weer wil bezoeken is de winkel verdwenen en is er alleen nog een smal stuk kale grond tussen 2 oude panden. Daar komt hij Martha tegen die onderdak en een baan heeft gevonden in het buurpand als huishoudster bij Mevr. Bowden. Door zijn verhalen wordt Martha ook enthousiast en helpt hem bij zijn onderzoek naar de klassieke boeken die hij zoekt als ze daar tijd voor heeft.
Ondertussen wordt Opaline door haar broer bijna tot een huwelijk gedwongen met een totaal onbekende man en vlucht zij voor haar broers wraak naar Londen toe.

Henry blijft ervan overtuigd dat er een kleine boekenwinkel was tussen het huis waar Martha werkt en een ander pand. En dat maakt de zoektocht naar die winkel een persoonlijke tocht naar je eigen pad en terechtkomen waar je hoort te zijn en bij wie.
Wat mij opviel was dat ik vaak terug wilde bladeren omdat het af en toe lijkt dat dezelfde dingen zowel Opaline als Henry en Martha overkomen. Dan ga je even aan jezelf twijfelen en ging ik maar weer op zoek naar waar ik dat ene stukje tekst eerder had gelezen. Misschien dat ik dit boek wel weer eens opnieuw ga lezen. Want met de kennis van nu...½
connie53 | 12 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2024 |
The acquisition of books and the world of book-selling were captivating aspects of Evie Woods' novel. The main characters (Opaline, Martha, Henry, and Madame Bowden) were intriguing and well-drawn. The story develops from two perspectives, Opaline's, in the past, and Henry's and Martha's in the present.

The illusory nature of Opaline's bookshop in Dublin was an interesting twist but it's appearance in Martha's life and ensuing developments towards the end of the book were confusing despite my twice re-reading the last half of the novel. Overall, the novel was engaging, with flashes of brilliant writing.

This two-timelines-approach was managed very nicely, except for the side trip into strife in Opaline's story. Without giving away the plot line, the final hijinks by Lyndon (Opaline's brother) detracted from the overarching chronicle of the book trade and bookshops. While this aspect brought forward a terrible social injustice, it was a very questionable theme to contribute to the story.

My exploration of this side-theme indicates that Ireland was indeed very entrenched in 1800's attitudes to incarceration in "lunatic asylums" (Ref: Brendan D. Kelly. The Mental Treatment Act 1945 in Ireland: an historical enquiry. History of Psychiatry, 2008, 19 (1), pp.47-67. 10.1177/0957154X06075949. hal-00570878). Nevertheless, this aspect of the narrative detracted from the magical realism the author was developing and cast a pall that didn't lift for me.
SandyAMcPherson | 12 outras críticas | Jan 6, 2024 |
[3.25] Books about books rarely miss the mark when they’re read by this armchair reviewer. Woods’ fascinating premise and her ability to vividly capture historical eras were additional reasons that fueled my early hopes that this would be a 4.5- or even 5-star tome. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be. Put simply, my interest waned three times before finally hitting Woods’ twist-filled final chapters. The romantic angles seemed contrived and the layers of magical realism were disappointingly thin. Although I’ve enjoyed previous novels that embraced dual timelines, it didn’t work quite as effectively this time. Don’t get wrong. I loved the overriding theme that celebrates the powers that books possess to enhance and even transform lives. But “The Lost Bookshop” reinforced my hunch that some authors believe there’s an unwritten rule that works of fiction must approach or exceed 400 pages. Many tales — even compelling ones — would be more successfully spun in fewer words.
brianinbuffalo | 12 outras críticas | Dec 14, 2023 |
The Lost Bookshop. Evie Woods. 2023. Well, this was a disappointment. There were some interesting facts about rare books and a some fun information about Silvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company, but there was also way too much fantasy and too many deus ex machina moments to suit me.
judithrs | 12 outras críticas | Dec 7, 2023 |
I need to read this again to give it a rating. It was very confusing for me because there were 2 stories running in parallel at different times. Both women were endangered by their families. There was a bookstore, or maybe several bookstores, and the magic of bookstores and people coming and going. The mysterious and magical part was fun to read, but again, another read-through will be necessary to really comprehend everything that was happening.

ETA: I just reread the book and loved it even more! I could see how the stories of the 2 women are entangled even though they occur many years apart. The mysteries surrounding the books, the manuscripts and the magic bookstores is really fun!
krazy4katz | 12 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
A wonderful, beautiful book.
the_alternate_typist | 12 outras críticas | Nov 11, 2023 |
The Publisher Says:
For too long, Opaline, Martha and Henry have been side characters in their own lives. But when a vanishing bookstore casts it's spell, these three unsuspecting strangers will discover that their own stories are every bit as extraordinary as the ones found in the pages of their beloved books. By unlocking the secrets of the shelves, they find themselves transported to a world of wonder.. where nothing is as it seems.

My review:

In 1921, we meet Opaline Carlisle,who lives at home with her mother and dominating, controlling elder brother, Lyndon. Her mother and brother insist that she must meet and marry a man she has never met, in order to secure the family finances. Instead, she flees to Paris, hoping to run a bookshop there.

In present day Dublin, Martha Winter has fled an abusive husband. She seeks work of any kind , and finds herself working for an eccentric lady , Madame Bowden, as a live in housekeeper. Henry Field is PhD scholar, in search of a lost manuscript. There, he and Martha's paths cross.

A charming and magical read, with many references to books and bookshops. Highly recommended.
2 vote
vancouverdeb | 12 outras críticas | Nov 8, 2023 |
This story, with some historical fiction aspects, is about a magical bookshop is told from multiple points of view that vary in time period.

Opaline Carlisle was a young woman in the 1920s, facing pressure from her tyrannical older brother Lyndon to marry. She ran away from London to France, and ended up working for Sylvia Beach in her famous "Shakespeare and Company" bookstore.

Martha Winter, from the present time, ran away also, fleeing an abusive marriage in England to Dublin, where she found employment working as a live-in housekeeper for an eccentric old woman, Madam Bowden.

Henry Field, also in the present day, is also in Dublin, searching for clues about a missing manuscript by Emily Bronte. His search narrows down to a supposed bookshop that was located right next to the home of Madam Bowden, but nothing is there now, or so it would seem.

Henry tries to enlist Martha’s help in solving the mystery, and they begin a tentative friendship. Could it evolve into more? And what is happening with all the mysterious clues about the bookshop that are literally intruding into Martha’s life?

Evaluation: It seems like the author couldn’t decide if she wanted to write a story about the magic of books, stories, and bookstores, or about the injustice and endurance of abuse of women. Each plot thread is good, but they don’t coalesce well, and each therefore suffers a bit in development and execution. Not a bad read, but it would have worked better as two separate books.½
1 vote
nbmars | 12 outras críticas | Oct 25, 2023 |
Sometimes, a book's beautiful cover will taunt a reader into buying it. Such was the case for me. Of course, just the title alone was a tease.

I was anticipating a tender bookish read with a touch of romance to it. It turned out to be so much more. The settings in Dublin and Paris brought back a flood of wonderful memories. The two female protagonists Opaline and Martha rise up against societal norm. One, chooses not to marry a stranger just for the financial and societal gain of her family and the other has the courage to flee an abusive husband. Each finds solace in the company of books. There is also Henry whose quest to find a missing address, crosses paths with Martha and the relationship blooms into a lovely friendship (or is it more than that?). The fourth primary character is the bookshop itself and all the phantasmagorical wonders therein.

Ms. Wood has deftly written a delightful and magical story. Her settings were well described and created a wonderful atmosphere. The various story lines are all drawn tidily together in the end, leaving the reader with a satisfactory conclusion. If bookish romance with a touch of fantasy delights you, then this may well be a book for you.

Publication Date: 11/07/2023
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0008609214
No. of pages: 448
1 vote
KateBaxter | 12 outras críticas | Oct 20, 2023 |
A magical and heartwarming read! Love it!½
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batur117 | 12 outras críticas | Sep 30, 2023 |
I was drawn into the bookshop by the cover design by Lucy Bennett and the cover photograph by Stephen Mulcahey. Opening the book, I learned a little boy was peeking in the window of Opaline’s Bookshop, fascinated and curious about what it would be like to venture inside. How wonderful to be waved inside, not shooed away, and then the offer of a story and a cup of tea.

The story is told from multiple POVs: Martha Winter building a new life after escaping from an abusive husband, and Henry Field searching for a book hidden in a bookstore based on information from an old letter. Opaline’s narrative is intermingled, sharing her life story from 1921 in London to working with Sylvia Beach at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, returning to England in 1922 to visit the Brontë Society to heart-wrenching experiences and surprises beyond to 1952.

It is a magical excursion that shares the joy of books in a unique story that captures the history of the past, the fantasy of a vanishing bookshop, the love of the works by Emily Brontë, the possibility of a long-lost manuscript by Emily Brontë, the mingling of lives of booksellers, book dealers, and book collectors.

Many times, the story is heartwarming. There is also utter sadness in the power of men over women and not by strangers or acquaintances but by family. A story of years past, but we know the power of men over women in different ways, yet control is still present.

Reviewer’s Note: Evie Woods is the pseudonym of Evie Gaughan.
FerneMysteryReader | 12 outras críticas | Sep 17, 2023 |
The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods is an interesting story. It is told from three points of view (Opaline, Martha, and Henry) and from two time periods (1921 and the present day). The story does contain good writing. I found the pacing to be slow especially in the middle (it dragged). The book is too long (407 pages). I can tell that the author loves books based on her beautiful descriptions of the bookstore and books. I can certainly relate to that special feeling you get each time you enter a bookstore. The wonderful smell of the paper and ink. You never know who you will meet or where you will go when you pick up a book. Opaline created a special bookstore with creative displays. It is a tragedy what happened to her (I am not going to tell you). The laws in early twentieth century were archaic and gave men too much leeway over the women in their “care”. There are a number of characters, and it can be difficult to keep them all straight. The bookshop with its magic is intriguing. I especially liked the stained-glass windows with their changing scenes. I felt for Opaline, but I had trouble relating to Martha and Henry (I was not a fan of Henry). The story had, of course, romance (I would have preferred two woman who came into their own and carved their own path). I was not a fan of the intimate scenes. The story does contain foul language (quite a bit). Those who have suffered physical or mental abuse will find triggers in the story. There are various things that happen without explanation. I can understand letting a couple of things be mysterious, but all of them. It becomes frustrating. The last twenty percent is the best (if you make it that far). I like how everything came together. The ending was expected because the storylines are similar to those I have read in other novels. The Lost Bookshop has mystery, love, magic, and books. Three strangers who discover their stories by unlocking the secrets of a special bookstore. I wanted to like The Lost Bookshop, but I found it tedious to wade through it (long and slow). The Lost Bookshop is a book for bibliophiles with beloved books, a Parisian paramour, a brutal brother, a helpful position, an absent bookshop, phantastic happenings, and a magical culmination.
Kris_Anderson | 12 outras críticas | Sep 6, 2023 |
Plot: 4⭐️
Audio Narration: 5⭐️

“In a place called lost, strange things are found.”

1921, London:
Twenty-one-year-old Opaline Carlisle chooses to leave for France to escape being forced into an arranged marriage by her dominating older brother. Her love for reading, a passion she shared with her late father, and her subsequent association with Sylvia Beach of "Shakespeare and Company" fame, where she takes up a job, fuels her interest in antiquarian books and manuscripts - a journey, that after a sequence of events, eventually has her opening a bookshop in Dublin all the while searching for an elusive manuscript.

Present Day:
Martha Winter, a young woman running from an abusive marriage, finds her way to Dublin in the employ of the eccentric Madame Bowden as her live-in housekeeper. Martha is not much of a reader, and in fact, has an eversion of sorts to books. When books start appearing in the walls of the small basement of Madam Bowden’s residence where Martha now lives, will this inspire her to overcome her fears and look at life from a fresh perspective?
Henry Field, a Ph.D. scholar in search of a rare manuscript that is referenced in an old letter he found in the course of his research, is searching for an old bookshop in Dublin but when he reaches the premises the bookshop is not there, or is it?

With superb characterizations (even the unlikable ones) and an almost perfect balance of history, romance, mystery, fantasy and magical realism, Evie Woods seamlessly weaves past and present threads into an enchanting tale about self-discovery, family, courage and the magical, transformative power of books. The narrative is presented in the first person narrative perspectives of Opaline, Henry and Martha in alternating chapters. I loved the literary references (from the classics to contemporary fiction), insight into the antiquarian book trade and auctions and the literary figures who feature in the cast of characters. Interspersed among the magic and mystery, the author touches upon several serious themes including abuse, exploitation and fraud and how historically “troublesome women with inconvenient ideas” were treated. I did feel, however, that the ending was a tad rushed and there were a few aspects of the story that could have been explored further but overall, The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods is a beautiful story that will strike a chord in your heart.

I paired my reading with the audio narration which truly enhanced my experience with this book. Avena Mansergh-Wallace, Olivia Mace, and Nick Biadon do a brilliant job of voicing the characters, setting the atmosphere and bringing the story to life, making for a memorable immersion reading experience.

Finally, that cover is beautiful!

" The thing about books, she said, is that they help you to imagine a life bigger and better than you could ever dream of."

Many thanks to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, HarperCollins UK Audio and NetGalley for the eARC and AlC. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
srms.reads | 12 outras críticas | Sep 4, 2023 |
A wonderful, magical and charming tale. It is rich in folklore, superstitions and old Irish traditions. It struck a familiar chord with me as my grandmother was from Anna's generation and she would have grown up with the same values and traditions.

I loved the use of the Irish language. It is practically impossible to talk about Irish folklore and culture without using some of the language. Its use added to the touch of magic and supernatural that was running through the story.

The fairy stories presented here are very authentic and beautifully written. The author drew from real life cases; the burning of Bridget Cleary is very similar to one of the fairy stories talked about in the book.

Anna's story was beautiful, romantic and poignant. There was an air of mystery surrounding her as well as the people of the Big House. The history of Thornwood was quite creepy, dark, and with a menacing air of suspense. I loved it. The historical sections of the book were definitely my favourite because of all the strange goings on. I couldn't put it down. I also enjoyed the light romantic element here too and I kept hoping for Anna to finally see Harold and recognise his feelings for her.

The contemporary part of the book was also great. I loved watching Sarah find herself in Ireland, learning to be at home here, falling in love with the place and its people. There is a great feeling that things happen for a reason. Sarah's arrival in Ireland and her discovery of the diary were two very important points in her life. She found romance and a sense of inner peace after her impromptu trip to Ireland. It reminded me that some things in life are meant to be.......or as my mother is fond of saying 'What's for you won't pass you.'

A truly beautiful and captivating book.
Inishowen_Cailin | Jun 23, 2018 |
Beautiful story

I enjoyed reading this book it gets you thinking is there more out there loved this book my thanks to the author Evie Vaughan for the pleasure of reading this amazing story and than I would be delighted to recommend this wee story to my friends so to all happy reading from wee me.
weelinda | May 25, 2016 |
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