The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
Book Review: 5 out of 5 star rating
Hannah has come to town and wants to open a bookshop though no one believes it will succeed. She hires Tom Hope to help her build some shelves. Tom recognizes a heart-broken person in Hannah as Tom is one himself. His wife Trudy left him and took her son, Peter, with her. Tom loved Peter like a son and he misses him dreadfully. Hannah, well, Hannah has met with more grief than most when she was taken to Auschwitz. Both of these broken-hearted souls will learn whether they can be healed or be haunted by their losses forever.
I was completely mesmerized by this beautifully written book. I can see why this was compared to “The Light Between Oceans” because it had that same tragic, soul-wrenching quality to it. This book just wouldn’t let go of my heart. It’s filled with compassion for the human spirit and treats its characters with such a gentle, loving touch. I loved Tom, Hannah and Peter and hated to part with them. I read so many books and some I remember, some I don’t, but I know I will never forget this one. Just gorgeous.
One added note of a part in the book that I loved. It was Hannah’s goal for her bookshop to sell twenty thousand books, the exact number of books, many written by Jews, which were burned in Opernplatz, Berlin. Such a wonderful example of turning something terrible into a thing of beauty.
Most highly recommended. I absolutely loved it.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.