About the Book
Title: The Secrets of Paper and Ink
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: February 26, 2019
Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.
A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England—a place she’s learned to love through the words of her favorite author—and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room she’s renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace.
Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.
More than 150 years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.
The lives of the three women intertwine as each learns the power she has over the story of her life.
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Lindsay Harrel continues to blow me away with her stories. Sometimes I want to read a story just so I can get to the ending, to find out how the characters end up, or the answer to some mystery. Not so with Harrel’s books. With hers, it more about the journey. I found myself wanting to take my time with the story, to savor all the moving parts. I wanted to experience growth with the characters. I wanted to give each heroine the time and attention they deserved. As a quick reader, it is hard for me to do that, but trust me if you can fight the speed, it’s worth it.
Everyone has a story, and no one knew that better then these three characters – Sophia, Ginny and Emily. Each one had to figure out their place in the world, and how to deal with the circumstances that life threw at them. The relationship I enjoyed the most was that of Sophia and Ginny. Yes, they had completely different circumstances, but the emotions were similar in some ways, and I thought they really brought out the best in each other. They talked and worked like they had been friends forever, and I found myself right there with them trying to get in on the conversation! They had an ease about them, from the moment they met. Yes, there is a little romance in the book, and yes I enjoyed reading about Emily, but there’s also something to be said about forming the bond of friendship and how that can help a person.
Story line aside, Harrel easily transported me to the quaint little bookstore in Cornwall. I’m actually hoping that it’s based off a real bookstore that I can visit. Yes, it had it’s problems. But what Sophia brought to the mix, and the descriptions Harrel used made it sound so inviting. Like a place of refuge, relaxation, and comfort. I would gladly revisit this setting any time!
Overall, this big is a big hit with me. Harrel shows readers the importance of sharing stories, your own stories. She reminds a reader that circumstances happen, but God is still in control. Although circumstances do not define as as people, they do help mold us into who we are, and give us the opportunity to be a testimony to others. The Secrets of Paper and Ink is heartwarming, powerful, and a must read! I cannot wait to see what Harrel has in store for readers next.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.
Guest Post from Lindsay
With every book I write, it seems God has something new to teach me. That certainly was true of The Secrets of Paper and Ink.
Lately, I am learning more and more about the power of our words. I’ve become more conscious of the words I speak over myself as well as what I say to other people. It’s more than “positive thinking”—the words we say ultimately contribute to the stories we weave, and I want my story to be as positive and hope-filled as possible, regardless of my circumstances.
I’ve also become much more aware of the lies that I tell myself—“you are not worthy, you are not enough, you will never achieve what you want to achieve”—and the need to replace those lies with the truths that God says about me. I have listened to Lauren Daigle’s song You Say on repeat lately, and it has become a theme not just of The Secrets of Paper and Ink, but one in the story of my very life.
So while I may not have experienced everything my characters have—I’ve never suffered emotional abuse, or been ostracized by my family, or been orphaned and alone in a world that seems against me at every turn—I have learned alongside them. I set out to write a book that would draw readers closer to the true healer and hope giver, and I ended up being drawn closer myself.
And that, to me, is the true power of story.
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To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away a copy of Lindsay’s first book The Heart Between Us!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/dcc3/the-secrets-of-paper-and-ink-celebration-tour-giveaway