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The Echo of Old Books: A Novel por Barbara…
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The Echo of Old Books: A Novel (edição 2023)

por Barbara Davis (Autor)

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"Rare-book dealer Ashlyn Greer's affinity for books extends beyond the intoxicating scent of old paper, ink, and leather. She can feel the echoes of the books' previous owners--an emotional fingerprint only she can read. When Ashlyn discovers a pair of beautifully bound volumes that appear to have never been published, her gift quickly becomes an obsession. Not only is each inscribed with a startling incrimination, but the authors, Hemi and Belle, tell conflicting sides of a tragic romance. With no trace of how these mysterious books came into the world, Ashlyn is caught up in a decades-old literary mystery, beckoned by two hearts in ruins, whoever they were, wherever they are. Determined to learn the truth behind the doomed lovers' tale, she reads on, following a trail of broken promises and seemingly unforgivable betrayals. The more Ashlyn learns about Hemi and Belle, the nearer she comes to bringing closure to their love story--and to the unfinished chapters of her own life"--Book jacket flap.… (mais)
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Título:The Echo of Old Books: A Novel
Autores:Barbara Davis (Autor)
Informação:Lake Union Publishing (2023), 443 pages
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When bookseller Ashlyn Greer comes into possession of a pair of twin books with no known author or publisher, their stories compel her to track down their mysterious origins. Told in two perspectives—Hemi and Belle’s—the story unfolds of a journalist seeking the truth about a powerful man during wartime and the daughter of the man being investigated with whom he falls in love. Ashlyn has a traumatic romantic history of her own, so when the investigation draws an heir of one of the authors into her life, Hemi and Belle’s tale reaches across time to help mend a current-day broken heart.

I am not a historical fiction or romance reader, but Barbara Davis is one of those authors that I pick up her books based on name recognition alone. She’s a talented author who excels at spinning a compelling yarn.

The Echo of Old Books is no exception. The format is brilliant and works so well to advance not only Belle and Hemi’s stories but Ashlyn’s as well. Often sad, sometimes frustrating, the historical component of what happened and why is as heartbreaking as it is a good reminder of the dangers of political alliances in our nation’s distant past. As Barbara’s books tend to, the tale ends on a high note that makes it an overall feel-good read. Cleverly conceived and expertly written, The Echo of Old Books is recommended for anyone who enjoys reading romance and a homage to old books.
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  bfrisch | Mar 3, 2024 |
Although this literary mystery is very well written, I had trouble being pulled into this story for the first bunch of chapters. Once I was, I finally became invested, and I enjoyed Ms. Davis’s depictions of the 1940s New York political climate and the social caste system. The main character, Ashlyn Greer, is gifted or cursed with psychometry, which allows her to feel the emotions of people who have read one of the used books she sells in the rare bookstore and bindery she inherited. The mystery she and a young man named Ethan Manning unravel unfolds in two professionally published books that list no author or publisher, one (Forever, and Other Stories) an answer to the other (Regretting Belle), that together tell two sides of a brief forbidden love affair. The story is told mainly through Ashlyn in the 1980s and then through Marian (the “Belle” in the title of the book) in 1941 and then going forward. If the beginning were somehow reworked to grab readers’ attention sooner, it might have been more successful, but it was nevertheless a clever story largely about letting go of the anger after a heartbreaking betrayal and finding a way forward without it at the center of your life. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
What if you find two books, the only copies of each, that tell the same tale from two perspectives, written by two separate people, both tales end in misunderstanding. And what if you have the rare ability to pick up vibrations, sensations, emotions of previous readers, plus a clue as to who one of the authors. Would you try to solve the mystery of what went wrong? ( )
  bookczuk | Jan 30, 2024 |
Mystery, healing, and lost love, this book has it all! ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Jan 11, 2024 |
Lovely writing, bittersweet story. ( )
  AngelClaw | Jan 10, 2024 |
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"Rare-book dealer Ashlyn Greer's affinity for books extends beyond the intoxicating scent of old paper, ink, and leather. She can feel the echoes of the books' previous owners--an emotional fingerprint only she can read. When Ashlyn discovers a pair of beautifully bound volumes that appear to have never been published, her gift quickly becomes an obsession. Not only is each inscribed with a startling incrimination, but the authors, Hemi and Belle, tell conflicting sides of a tragic romance. With no trace of how these mysterious books came into the world, Ashlyn is caught up in a decades-old literary mystery, beckoned by two hearts in ruins, whoever they were, wherever they are. Determined to learn the truth behind the doomed lovers' tale, she reads on, following a trail of broken promises and seemingly unforgivable betrayals. The more Ashlyn learns about Hemi and Belle, the nearer she comes to bringing closure to their love story--and to the unfinished chapters of her own life"--Book jacket flap.

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