Imagine a story that is like a quilt; each piece can stand on its own and tell a simple story but an artist can piece them together to make a new, cohesive, spectacular whole.
That's what Charlie Lovett has done in The Bookman's Tale.
At first it was a gentle story about a man trying to recover from the loss of his wife. And it is.
But then it was account of the legacy of a literary treasure. And it is.
And then it was an adventure tale complete with murders and escapes. And it is.
Then again, it was the legend of a family feud handed down through generations. And it is.
After that it was a narrative of a tragic love affair, and another. And another. And it is.
How can one book be all that and still be a cohesive story? You'll have to read it to find out!
Paired with some quiet time and a cup of tea or hot chocolate, the Bookman's Tale makes for a delicious afternoon.
p.s. for you bibliophiles, there are lots of details regarding antiquarian books as well as book repair--I don't mind saying, I found these just as compelling as the rest of the story because they were interwoven with the meaningfulness of the person performing the repairs.