Lost and Found Bookshop
by Wiggs, Susan

Inheriting her mother's San Francisco bookshop in the wake of a tragedy, Natalie bonds with her ailing grandfather and hires a contractor to perform repairs before unexpected discoveries connect her to the community and family secrets.

Disappointed when her mother and boyfriend don't show up for a work party in her honor, Natalie is devastated to discover that they both died in a plane crash on their way to the party. As Natalie struggles through her grief, she also struggles with the problems her mother left behind: a bookstore in financial trouble and Natalie's grandfather Andrew, co-owner of the shop, who is in no shape mentally or physically to take over the business. Though Natalie wants to sell, for her grandfather's sake, she quits her job and moves back to San Francisco to operate the bookstore. Before her death, Natalie's mother had contracted with a handyman to fix up the shop and building. Peter "Peach" Gallagher is more than a contractor: he is also gorgeous, a caring father, and a bookworm. As Natalie navigates the complicated world of being a small-business owner and a caregiver, she finds herself relying on and growing closer to Peach. Though not as deeply moving as The Oysterville Sewing Circle (2019), Wiggs' latest is a cute, lighthearted book for those looking for a breezy read. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

With her promotion to vice president of digital inventory at a Sonoma winery, Natalie Harper finally has the financial security she's always wanted, but a sudden tragedy sends her home to rescue her late mother's charming bookstore. Once in San Francisco, Natalie moves back into her childhood home, an eclectic set of apartments above the bookshop, a home she shares with her grandfather Andrew, who is suffering from dementia and other mysterious ailments. Blythe, Natalie's mother, loved books, but she was not a savvy businesswoman. Natalie arrives to find unpaid bills and back taxes. Housed in the historic Sunrose Building, the bookshop certainly has stories of its own to tell: Originally a saloon and brothel, it was eventually bought by Natalie's great-grandparents, who converted it into a home and apothecary. Luckily, "hammer for hire" Peach Gallagher shows up. Strong and gorgeous, the contractor catches Natalie's eye, and he certainly is drawn to the curly-haired proprietress. But Peach doesn't date clients, and Natalie is gun-shy from her previous relationship. Plus, she's already met Peach's adorable little girl, Dorothy. Natalie isn't about to break up a marriage, but she doesn't know Peach is actua lly divorced. Wiggs skillfully manipulates the stock in trade of a master romance novelist as she orchestrates Peach and Natalie's inevitable love story. To challenge Peach, enter Trevor Dashwood, a gorgeous and wealthy children's book author, whose books have already won Dorothy's heart. Hosting a book signing with Trevor might help the store's bottom line. Meanwhile, Natalie, Peach, and Andrew find historical artifacts hidden in the Sunrose building's walls. Will it be enough to save the store? A gentle love story perfect for anyone looking for love amid personal, family, and financial crises. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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