Review of ‘The Storied Life of A J Fikry’ by Gabrielle Zevin

AJ FikryThanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown for the ARC of this book.

This is a book lovers book. Set in a bookshop on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts, it follows the life of a widowed bookseller who adopts a small girl who is abandoned in his shop and as a result his sad lonely life is made whole and happy again.

I really enjoyed it. It is probably over simplistic and is definitely prone to schmaltz, however sometimes it’s nice to read a simple sweet book about people who love each other. This is a quick, easy read; the kind of book you can snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold Sunday afternoon and lose yourself in for a few hours.

It’s not astonishingly original or exciting, but the characters are sweet and the setting is lovely and the writing is sparse. There is no unnecessary detail, it doesn’t go into the struggle to bring up a toddler, or how difficult it is to adopt her. One minute the child turns up and a couple of pages later he has adopted her and they are living happily together as father and daughter. The book just concentrates on the positive stuff, the closeness of the relationships, the power of books to bring people together and the importance of having a book shop in your town. It’s a warm hug of a book.

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