Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Secret Book Club by Shauna Robinson


Title: The Secret Book Club
Author: Shauna Robinson
Publisher: One More Chapter
Release Date: January 18, 2024

Maggie Banks loves books. And running a bookstore sounds like the best job in the world. Except in Bell River, a place that refuses to let her sell anything written this century. But in Maggie's world, book rules are made to be broken. And what better way to break tradition than by starting an underground book club. But keeping her new club quiet, selling forbidden books and dodging the strict literary society is proving harder than it seems. Especially when Maggie unearths a secret that could upend everything… ‘A wise and honest story of how it feels to be a young woman in search of yourself’ Taylor Jenkins Reid ‘It was really nice to be able to identify with the character’ ‘A good storyline and entertaining ’ ‘An enjoyable read’ ‘An easy and relatable read’ ‘A book for book lovers . . . it’s impossible not to root for Nora! Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties ‘It’s refreshing to read a book about publishing with a half-Black heroine who’s wryly aware of the way she stands out in a very White field’ Kirkus Reviews ‘With emotional honesty and a surprising wit that I found addictive, Robinson’s debut is everything a book-about-books fan wants’

An enjoyable story that takes place in a bookstore.

Maggie Banks is drifting. She is unsure about her future and the right path to follow so when her good friend offers her a job at her bookstore while she goes on maternity leave, she jumps at the chance.

When Maggie starts working, she realizes she has a few issues. She has never been a reader. Also, the bookstore wasn't allowed to sell books from this century or the last! Third, the local historical society is trying to control everything the bookstore is doing.

Maggie becomes desperate. She needs a plan. She can't afford to lose this job. She can't let her friend down either. What to do?

Maggie realizes the only way she can stay afloat is to develop a secret book club where she can sell the books people want to read without getting discovered by her friend, the historical society, or the guy she had developed feelings for.

I had some anxiety with this one. I wasn't sure how she could save the bookstore or her romance when the truth came out. The ending did feel a little too perfect but I'm not complaining.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by One More Chapter via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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