The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams is at the top of my bucket list of great bookstores. In this magical shop people from different times walk in the door to find the book they need and be nourished by the magic of the shop. Flowers bloom, messages appear on the chalkboard, and everyone feels loved and valued. Poppy has grown up in this shop with her two brothers, and cannot imagine being anywhere else than her beloved bookshop. But it’s 1944, and her brother’s friend, Al, is not coming home from the war, and queer things begin happening around the shop. Flowers droop, chill drafts come through, and arguments erupt. Then on top of everything, Poppy’s father must go to the hospital. To make things better, Poppy tries everything, But everyone needs help, even Poppy. I read this book in a single sitting, staying up far too late to see how it ended. I am glad that I did, and I hope you find magic in its pages just like me.
–Laura, Rediscovered Books, Boise and Caldwell, ID