Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Bookman's Tale

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog.  It's a great way to share information about a forthcoming book with other readers.
This week's anticipated book:
 The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession (B&N Recommends Edition)
  The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession
 by Charlie Lovett
Publication Date:  May 28, 2013
Publisher:  Penguin Group (USA)
 Preorder now from online and bricks and mortar bookstores
A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love...

Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.

My thoughts:  This book combines history, mystery, romance, and travel in one interesting plot.  It's the newest entry on my to be read list.

 Enjoy life with books...


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