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The Secrets of Paper and Ink - by Lindsay Harrel (Paperback)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 336

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Christian

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Book theme: Romance, General

Author: Lindsay Harrel

Language: English

Street Date: February 26, 2019
TCIN: 54384179
UPC: 9780718075729
Item Number (DPCI): 248-79-2476

Description

Brought together across time by a love of story, three women in England fight to defy expectations, dream new dreams, and welcome love into their lives.

As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn't dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature.

Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who's decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she'd be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband's dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them--and Ginny's brother-in-law, William--the bookstore might stand a chance.

Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress--as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch.

Eager to know more of Emily's story, Sophia goes on a quest--dragging Ginny and William with her--to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny's need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.

"A historical mystery and sweet modern day story entwine to offer a message of healing, hope and second chances set in charming Cornwall." --Rachel Linden, author of The Enlightenment of Bees

"In a delightful weaving of past and present, Lindsay Harrel creates authentic characters around a moving story that both inspires and encourages. The Secrets of Paper and Ink is about broken people, second chances, hope, and--my personal favorite--the incredible power of story." --Heidi Chiavaroli, Carol award-winning author of Freedom's Ring and The Hidden Side

"In The Secrets of Paper and Ink, Lindsay Harrel explores the power of love--and how it influences us to make choices that bless others, as well as ourselves. Or sometimes, we can do just the opposite and make choices that harm us and others--all the while calling it love. Harrel pens an honest, true-to-life novel that's woven through with the Truth that offers hope when our decisions--or the decisions of the ones we love--wreck our dreams for happily ever after." --Beth K. Vogt, Christy-award winning author

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Highly Recommend!

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lovinlife1323 - 6 months ago
I highly recommend Lindsay Harrel’s book. She writes so well and I can always plan on a good read!
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A compelling and highly-satisfying read

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thisgalsjourney - 1 year ago
Once again, Harrel’s story resonated deeply with me. Though I haven’t experienced many of the same things the characters in The Secrets Of Paper and Ink, I identify with their fight for identity, purpose, and meaning for the painful experiences life often brings. Harrel intricately weaves the story lines of several lovable—and a few unlovable—characters flawlessly. Her main characters are strong, capable women who fight to discover who they are and what God has in store for them. Beautiful and aching and hope-filled, The Secrets Of Paper and Ink brings faith in a non-preachy way that leaves the reader encouraged, and challenged to examine her own beliefs. The themes of identity, self-worth, and negative self-talk are dealt with through a biblically lens that focuses on the truth rather than trite excuses, without belittig the power these things can wield in our hearts and minds. The Cornish setting is the perfect backdrop for this split-time story. The chemistry among Harrel’s characters is palpable. A compelling and highly satisfying read.
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A Story for Book Lovers

5 out of 5 stars
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kathae - 1 year ago
I adored this story. It was rich. Rich with emotion: Love, sorrow, joy, and hope. The depth of emotion, along with a beautiful setting and artistic storytelling, made this a book to treasure. Each woman was talented, and their stories of growth and healing were inspirational. I highly recommend this book to women who love reading, both contemporary and historical, for the amazing stories found in its pages. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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Heart-stirring split-time novel

5 out of 5 stars
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MJSH - 1 year ago
What a powerful, enchanting, and gripping split-time novel by Lindsay Harrel! In her newest release, the author creates a written world worthy of the title “Secrets of Paper and Ink” as she melds the desperate and heartbroken Emily of 1856 Cornwall with equally desperate and heartbroken Ginny and Sophia who are American transplants in Cornwall of present day. The author’s writing will grab you from the first page and not let go, even after the last page is read. There is so much heartbreak, pain, and suffering portrayed, yet glimmers of hope, forgiveness, and joy will beckon you to travel the journey with these three women in the story. The characters indeed are raw, real, and completely broken but they need to hit that rock bottom to realize who they are and what they are meant to be doing. This story speaks of shattered hearts, deeply forged bonds of friendship, and pursuing dreams despite insecurities and past failures while gently touching on the topic of healing only through God’s grace and mercy. Anyone who enjoys a well-written split-time novel would absolutely love this book. Emily, Ginny, and Sophia are all independent women who are strong and determined. But beneath their strength lie hearts that are vulnerable, tender, and needing love. Emily, though scorned by others, pursues her dream to be a published author while Ginny hides from her dream of becoming a pastry chef and Sophia has no idea what her dream even is. The men who walk alongside these women are all loyal, honorable, tender, and amazing but each relationship takes different twists and turns as the story unfolds. I am holding my breath for the next book by Lindsay Harrel! I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and also via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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Melmo2610 - 1 year ago
The Secrets of Paper and Ink was incredible! I have all the feels after finishing this lovely Christian Fiction novel. Following the lives of 3 women: one in the 1800's and two in present day all of whom are facing both life and romantic challenges, this story wove a tale that I couldn't put down. The bookish elements of the story THRILLED my bookish loving heart. The characters of Sophia, Ginny and Emily were all superb and the setting for the book is England-who doesn't love that? It reminded me a little bit of one of my all-time favorite movies "The Holiday," which was a fun bonus!! I can not list all the ways I adored this book. It would make an awesome Hallmark movie. It is simply a charming book that I will read again and it's spot on my keeper shelf is assured. I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts posted are my own honest review.
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Beautifully written

5 out of 5 stars
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Shannon G - 1 year ago
The mix of contemporary and historical were intertwined beautifully in this novel. It’s an amazing journey of friendship, healing and a little mystery. I truly enjoyed this story and how the three women’s lives wrapped together. I would highly recommend this book! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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Magical

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Lucy - 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book that resonated with you and spoke the words that you were unable to. It felt like Sophia was speaking from my heart. I love the characters and when Emily steps into the story from 150 years ago through an old journal I’m a goner. It shows that when we get involved to help someone or something else it can bring healing to ourselves. God is never done writing our story and can help us through Chance encounters and change that we never see coming. The words to this story wrap around your heart like a cozy blanket and you fall into the depths of it hook, line, and sinker. You will walk away and say wow that was amazing and I wish it didn’t have to end. The ending will leave you needing tissues and feeling gobsmacked. If I had to describe this book in one word I would choose.....MAGICAL! I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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