Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Bookbinder’s Daughter by Jessica Thorne, published by Bookouture.
The song surrounded her now, the murmuring of the library insistent, and her foot took the first step on the winding stairs. She knew it wasn’t entirely a dream. It was the library calling her, its magic driving her.
When Sophie is offered a job at the Ayredale Library – the finest collection of rare books in the world, and the last place her bookbinder mother was seen when Sophie was just a teenager – she leaps at the chance. Will she finally discover what happened to the woman she’s always believed abandoned her?
Taking in the endless shelves of antique books, the soaring stained-glass windows, and the grand sweeping staircase, usually shy Sophie feels strangely at home, and is welcomed by her eccentric fellow binders. But why is the Keeper of the Library so reluctant to speak about Sophie’s mother? And why is Sophie the only person who can read the strange spells in the oldest books on display, written in a forgotten language nobody else understands?
The mysteries of the library only deepen when Sophie stumbles upon an elaborately carved door. The pattern exactly matches the pendant her mother left behind years ago, engraved with a delicate leaf. As the door swings open at her touch, Sophie gasps at the incredible sight: an enormous tree, impossibly growing higher than the library itself, its gently falling golden leaves somehow resembling the pages of a book. Amidst their rustling, Sophie hears a familiar whisper…
‘There you are, my Sophie. I knew you’d come back for me.’
An absolutely spellbinding read about long-hidden family secrets and the magic that lurks between the pages of every ancient book. Perfect for fans of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Night Circus and The Binding.
“A magical library. A broken family. A dangerous secret”
When Sophie’s mother disappeared when she was a teenager, she thought she has been abandoned by her. Now following in her footsteps as a bookbinder, Sophie is offered a job at Ayredale Library, which is the last place her mother was seen all those years ago. Jumping at the chance to work there, will she get answers to the questions that she so desperately craves?
A tale of mystery, magic, family secrets and love, The Bookbinder’s Daughter immediately drew me in to its world and I was completely taken with the story. It’s engaging and immersive prose, had me transported into the pages, which had me experiencing it as its characters do.
My first book by Jessica Horne, this was such a great introduction to her work. The plot is strong and intriguing, its characters well developed and memorable for many different reasons and has been well thought out and put together. All up a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more from the author.
Thank you to Jessica Thorne, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Bookbinder’s Daughter, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Bookbinder’s Daughter Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Jessica Thorne
Jessica Thorne saw Star Wars at an impressionable age and life was never the same. She’s loved fantasy, romance and science fiction ever since and spends her time looking for adventure – in the pages of her books.
Sometimes she is Ruth Frances Long and won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2015.