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The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

The Bookman's Tale - Charlie Lovett Even though I really liked this book, I am having a hard time gathering my thoughts. It is a truly a novel for literature lovers. The Bookman’s Tale is really three stories woven together, Peter’s past, Peter’s present, and the history of the manuscript. As you can see by my rating, I liked a lot about this novel. There was just a few little things that confused me. Lets start with what I enjoyed.I loved the ENTIRE story of Peter and Amanda. It was obvious how much Peter cared for her from the way he described her. She was straightforward, funny, confident, focused, and he loved her for it. She was written beautifully and was easy to visualize. Their life together was so, well, real that it was easy to see how he would be shattered after her death.Peter’s developing passion and talent for books was a delight to witness. It was very interesting to learn about the restoration of books. I enjoyed the relationships that he had with his mentors. They recognized his talent and were very supportive. Additionally the information about book forgery was fascinating.I liked Shakespeare. He had a VERY small role in this novel, yet he was discussed at length. His time in the plot was short, but he was portrayed as an honorable person.Towards the end, when Peter meets up with Liz, things got very exciting. I literally did NOT want to stop reading.Tracing the history of the manuscript was very interesting, but I will admit that I got a bit confused. There were a lot of people who handled and owned this thing over several centuries. I just couldn’t keep track, and that is probably my brain, and not the fault of the author. Owners were mentioned both in the past and the present and since I read this on the iPad, it wasn’t that easy to flip back to double check who was who.The plot was a bit all over the place. We started with this mysterious watercolor and then quickly shifted to a rare original of a work that inspired Shakespere. So ingrossed was Peter with this manuscript that, for a while, he even forgot what started him off in the first place….. the watercolor. Throw in the fact that each time we went back to the manuscript’s history we were following someone new. The jumpy feeling could have had something to do with all the storylines, but I usually read books set in more than one time with no problems.These two points did not detract much from my enjoyment of this novel. As with all multi time zone stories, this one all came together in the end. It was wrapped up in a believable way that felt very satisfying. I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy a little bit of everything in their novels. This one had literature, history, romance, and even some action and adventure. I’m really leaning towards 4.5 diet coke goblets.Checkout this review and MORE at Momwithabook.com