Friday, October 28, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Bookshop of Secrets by Mollie Rushmeyer

Book: The Bookshop of Secrets

Author: Mollie Rushmeyer

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction (Christian)

Release date: October 25, 2022

A collection of lost books holds the clues to her family’s legacy…and her future.

Hope Sparrow has mastered the art of outrunning her tragic past, learning never to stay anywhere too long and never to allow anyone control over her life again. Coming to Wanishin Falls in search of her family’s history already feels too risky. But somewhere in the towering stacks of this dusty old bookshop are the books that hold Hope’s last ties to her late mother—and to a rumored family treasure that could help her start over.

Only, the bookshop is in shambles, and the elderly owner is in the beginning stages of dementia and can’t remember where the books lie. To find the last links to the loved ones she’s lost, Hope must stay and accept help from the townsfolk to locate the treasured volumes. Each secret she uncovers brings her closer to understanding where she came from. But the longer she stays in the quaint town, the more people find their way into the cracks in her heart. And letting them in may be the greatest risk of all…


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Christian Romance books are a favorite Genre of mine to read. I also LOVE debut authors. the Bookshop of Secrets by Mollie Rushmeyer is the latest book that I have read that fits both of those! 

Hope Sparrow has endured so much tragedy in her life and is always wanting to move from one place to another. She has decided to move to Wanishin Falls as she searches for answers to her Family History. She feels being in Wanishin Falls and the Bookshop is risky, but she also knows that the link to her Late Mother is in the pages of the Books. There is also a Family Treasure in the Dusty Bookshelves. Finding this info could be life changing for Hope and she really needs a fresh start in life. The Elderly owner of the Bookshop has Dementia and cannot help Hope find the info that she is desperately searching for. The Townspeople and the Bookshop owners Grandson, Ronan Barrick, have come forward to help Hope search the Shelves for her Family Treasures. She is grateful for their help especially as info is slowly recovered from the stacks of shelves. Hope begins to allow the people of the Quaint town to slowly get into her life and heart, but she wants to be cautious how much they get into her life. she finds herself getting to know Ronan Barrick and she wants the friendship to grow slowly. Will Hope be able to find the info that helps her understand her Family History? Will Hope begin to fully trust and love the People of Wanishin Falls, especially Ronan Barrick? 

WOW, this book is so well written it doesn't seem like Molly Rushmeyer is a debut author! I LOVE Books and Bookstores, so the setting of this story was a win for me. Hope is a very troubled woman but through the LOVE of the people of Wanishin Falls she begins to discover herself. I LOVE how the relationship between Ronan and Hope grows and matures throughout the book. This is a book about God's healing LOVE, friendships and family ties. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all who enjoy Christian Romance. GREAT BOOK! 

Mollie writes contemporary fiction with a heart for history. What does this mean exactly? She loves to write inspirational fiction in contemporary settings with fascinating historical elements, people, objects, and stories woven throughout.

A modern girl herself– She wouldn’t want to go a day without modern plumbing and central air! But she’s always felt a special connection to the past. The legacies and lives left behind are like gifts waiting to be unwrapped, and she’s excited to share this blend of history and contemporary living with readers.

A born and bred Midwestern gal, Mollie Rushmeyer, makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband and two spunky, beautiful daughters. She is not only a bibliophile (the dustier the better, in her opinion), she’s a true anglophile at heart. Tea and coffee fuel her travels, by Google maps at least, and her passion for the written word.


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Since childhood, opening up a book unlocked a whole new world for me. Of possibilities and adventure, and made me care for people and places that didn’t exist. Like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia, books transported me. It was like magic.

As I began dreaming up The Bookshop of Secrets in its early stages, I knew I wanted to create a character who loved books and was in awe of their transformative and transportive power as much as I am. Thus, Hope Sparrow, a human trafficking survivor and ultimate book lover, was born. I also wanted to honor my grandpa, who planted the seed—love of the written word—in my heart from the time I was very young. And so, Ulysses, the owner of Dusty Jackets Bookshop in the story, is based on my sweet grandpa who has since passed away. But I know he’d love this homage to all things literary.

Afterward, I didn’t know if I’d ever write again and I was more terrified of that than not gaining back the full strength of my left arm.

In the middle of writing this book, in 2018, I had a stroke. As with most medical emergencies, it was quite unexpected. I had a hole in my heart (that has been repaired, thankfully). Afterward, I didn’t know if I’d ever write again and I was more terrified of that than not being able to fully move my left arm again. My brain had to make new connections and it was so difficult, still is some days, to be creative. To find the right words.

But God. In the way that only He can, He brought this forgotten story, this project’s finish line that seemed to be at the summit of an insurmountable mountain within reach. I thought I had something to prove to myself. I begged God not to forget my dream to write. Like He could. But in the end, I just had to trust like my character Hope. Trust that He is good even when life hurts and is uncertain.

“Do you know what the opposite of fear is?”

“Bravery? Peace?” Dare she say her namesake, hope?

“The true counterpart of fear is faith. It takes faith to walk into the future, the unknown, with confidence. Secure in the love of the One who created you and those around you outweighs any hardship, real or imagined, that lies on the path ahead.”

I hope following Hope’s journey of healing and love in The Bookshop of Secrets truly blesses you.

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To celebrate her tour, Mollie is giving away the grand prize package of a eBook or signed paperback copy (paperback U.S. Only) of The Bookshop of Secrets and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review. Sounds like a good book.

Richelle Leffler said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the detailed review. It sounds great.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of The Bookshop of Secrets, this story is a must read for me and I am looking forward to it

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I love small town settings and bookshops. Add mystery, interesting characters, and romance, and I am a very happy reader.

Suzannah Clark said... Best Blogger Tips

What a creative topic! I love the idea of searching for your roots in a bookshop. Can’t wait to read it.

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