Review: The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable

☆☆➹⁀☆ 3-3.5 stars ➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

In 1942, London, Nancy Mitford is worried about more than air raids and German spies. Still recovering from a devastating loss, the once sparkling Bright Young Thing is estranged from her husband, her allowance has been cut, and she’s given up her writing career. On top of this, her five beautiful but infamous sisters continue making headlines with their controversial politics.

Eager for distraction and desperate for income, Nancy jumps at the chance to manage the Heywood Hill bookshop while the owner is away at war. Between the shop’s brisk business and the literary salons she hosts for her eccentric friends, Nancy’s life seems on the upswing. But when a mysterious French officer insists that she has a story to tell, Nancy must decide if picking up the pen again and revealing all is worth the price she might be forced to pay.

Eighty years later, Heywood Hill is abuzz with the hunt for a lost wartime manuscript written by Nancy Mitford. For one woman desperately in need of a change, the search will reveal not only a new side to Nancy, but an even more surprising link between the past and present…


My Thoughts:

The Bookseller’s Secret is a literary thriller and historical fiction with a side of romance. If you’re like this reader and you love books about books and historical fiction, you’re going to love The Bookseller’s Secret.

Ms. Gable tells her story in a dual timeline. One is of 1940s Nancy Mitford, a socialite turned author, who takes over the Heywood Hill Bookshop while its owner is busy fighting in WWII. The other is present-day Katie Cabot, also an author, who has escaped to London to not only visit a friend but avoid her writers’ block and bad breakup. When Katie gets caught up in the hunt for an alleged Mitford memoir, the present-day story gets interesting and readers get to learn more about the real-life author, Nancy Mitford.

I appreciated Ms. Gable’s thorough research. I loved learning about Nancy Mitford and her scandalous sisters. Clearly, The Bookseller’s Secret is going to lead me down a research rabbit hole. Less dialogue and a more interesting denouement for both the Katie character and the literary mystery would have made The Bookseller’s Secret a top read for me. 


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About the Author: MICHELLE GABLE is the New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I’ll See You in Paris, The Book of Summer, and The Summer I Met Jack.

She attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, and spent twenty years working in finance before becoming a full-time writer. She grew up in San Diego and lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband and two daughters.


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