The Echo of Old Books, a review by Shelley

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THE ECHO OF OLD BOOKS
Barbara Davis

Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
443 Pages
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Books are the quietest and most constant friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient teachers. β€”Charles W. Eliot

When this title became available on NetGalley I couldn’t say no, a book about books is for me! This is part romance, part historical fiction and part epistolary novel. The story had me intrigued right from the start, a woman who can feel a book owner’s feelings from touching the cover? A book with a mystery inside? Sign me up…take my money!

I loved the unique format of the book, told via two books and in two different historical timelines. So refreshing! I appreciated the delicate way the author handled the anti-Semitism in the story, while still being true to history Davis remained sensitive. The two separate stories were woven together seamlessly holding this reader in rapt attention while reading both. As sad as this book was I loved every page of it. I can’t believe this is my first book by Barbara Davis, it certainly won’t be my last. All. The. Stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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