About the Book
Title: The Secrets of Paper and Ink
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: February 26, 2019
Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.
A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England—a place she’s learned to love through the words of her favorite author—and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room she’s renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace.
Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.
More than 150 years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.
The lives of the three women intertwine as each learns the power she has over the story of her life.
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Talk about a major book hangover! This story… how can you put it into words. I connected with this story in a way I don’t normally connect with a fiction book. Everyone at some point in their life has felt some kind of loss. The struggle to let yourself feel it and get past it is real. Sometimes we never do. The depth of human emotion woven into the tapestry of this book is amazing. I laughed. I cried. I wished. I hoped. Ms Harrel writes amazing time hop novels. The story lines flow so seamlessly. They are so interwoven and it makes for a great story. I couldn’t put it down. One of my favorite parts of the story was when I saw reference to Ms Harrel’s other novel, The Heart Between Us. It wasn’t a glaring reference. It was so subtle like a small hidden present for those who had read the first book to capture and smile about. I LOVED that. If I hadn’t read her first book I wouldn’t have connected the dots. And I would have missed the treasure hidden there. (It has no impact on the story and if you haven’t read the other book it’s not a big deal… but for those who have it’s a super cute addition!)
This will be one of my favorite books of the year I just know it. The writing is great. The plot is excellent. The relatability is outstanding. I could see myself in the characters. I could connect with them. I could feel their pain. I want to be friends with them. I want to know these people in real life! And the lessons they learn about themselves and God are ones we all so desperately need to learn. I love it when a fiction book speaks to things you are processing in your own life. This book was that for me. Maybe that’s why I love it so much. So well done. I’m glad to have read it. Don’t miss it!
I received a copy from CelebrateLit bloggers. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.
Guest Post from Lindsay
With every book I write, it seems God has something new to teach me. That certainly was true of The Secrets of Paper and Ink.
Lately, I am learning more and more about the power of our words. I’ve become more conscious of the words I speak over myself as well as what I say to other people. It’s more than “positive thinking”—the words we say ultimately contribute to the stories we weave, and I want my story to be as positive and hope-filled as possible, regardless of my circumstances.
I’ve also become much more aware of the lies that I tell myself—“you are not worthy, you are not enough, you will never achieve what you want to achieve”—and the need to replace those lies with the truths that God says about me. I have listened to Lauren Daigle’s song You Say on repeat lately, and it has become a theme not just of The Secrets of Paper and Ink, but one in the story of my very life.
So while I may not have experienced everything my characters have—I’ve never suffered emotional abuse, or been ostracized by my family, or been orphaned and alone in a world that seems against me at every turn—I have learned alongside them. I set out to write a book that would draw readers closer to the true healer and hope giver, and I ended up being drawn closer myself.
And that, to me, is the true power of story.
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To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away a copy of Lindsay’s first book The Heart Between Us!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/dcc3/the-secrets-of-paper-and-ink-celebration-tour-giveaway