The Secrets of Paper and Ink
Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England--a place she's learned to love through the words of her favorite author--and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room she's renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace.Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.Two hundred years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily's journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.The lives of the three women intertwine as each learns the power she has over the story of her life.

The Secrets of Paper and Ink Details

TitleThe Secrets of Paper and Ink
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780718075729
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Christian Fiction, Christian Contemporary Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Secrets of Paper and Ink Review

  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    I'm all warm and fuzzy after reading this.What a lovely book. I found this well written and easy to follow. The different pov from different characters all flowed well together. The secret of Paper and Ink is a wonderful story of three women, total strangers, whos lives are deeply entwined. I loved the characters and didn't want to stop reading , desperate for the next piece of the puzzle to fall into place. The writing is so rich and deep in places i re read some chapters.I loved how It ended b I'm all warm and fuzzy after reading this.What a lovely book. I found this well written and easy to follow. The different pov from different characters all flowed well together. The secret of Paper and Ink is a wonderful story of three women, total strangers, whos lives are deeply entwined. I loved the characters and didn't want to stop reading , desperate for the next piece of the puzzle to fall into place. The writing is so rich and deep in places i re read some chapters.I loved how It ended but would love another book to follow on with their lives I will be looking out for more books from this author I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a charming story, combing the stories of three very strong women as they face the challenges of love, family, heartbreak, and following their dreams.Sophia Barrett is still wrestling with conflicting feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. After a return to work goes badly, she escapes to the setting of her favourite novels, Cornwall, England. There she meets fellow American, Ginny Rose who is trying to save her bookstore in the wake of her husband’s aband The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a charming story, combing the stories of three very strong women as they face the challenges of love, family, heartbreak, and following their dreams.Sophia Barrett is still wrestling with conflicting feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. After a return to work goes badly, she escapes to the setting of her favourite novels, Cornwall, England. There she meets fellow American, Ginny Rose who is trying to save her bookstore in the wake of her husband’s abandonment. Together, Ginny and Sophia stumble upon the journal of Emily Fairfax, who dreams of becoming a published author and who loves her childhood friend, a man much above her station and someone she could never marry. As Ginny and Sophia try to track down the history of Emily and determine if hers was a true story, they must each determine what they want for their futures and heal from the traumas of the past. I greatly enjoyed The Secrets of Paper and Ink and loved being swept away to another time and place. The three stories captured in this novel are beautifully interwoven, their stories coming together seamlessly. Ginny and Sophia’s sections are written in third person, while Emily’s sections are included as her journal entries. While each of the three women is dealing with different challenges and has a different dream for the future, their strength, determination and resilience is universal. While the focus of The Secrets of Paper and Ink is the journeys of the three women and the mystery behind Emily’s identity, there is also time within the story for romance. While each relationship progresses very differently and at a different pace, there are three romantic storylines to enjoy within the book. The Secrets of Paper and Ink is one part romance, one part mystery and one part story of redemption and overcoming challenges, of faith, friendship and love. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThe Secrets of Paper and Ink is a delightful and heartwarming story. Ms. Harrel has given us three heroines to love. Sophia travels to Cornwall, on a journey of healing and self-discovery. She quickly makes friends with Ginny and her brother-in-law, William. Her discovery of an old journal leads them on a quest to uncover the secrets of its mysterious author, Emily Fairfax. Ms. Harrel masterfully entwines this quest with Sophia's own emotional journey. Serious topics of abuse and infide 4.5 starsThe Secrets of Paper and Ink is a delightful and heartwarming story. Ms. Harrel has given us three heroines to love. Sophia travels to Cornwall, on a journey of healing and self-discovery. She quickly makes friends with Ginny and her brother-in-law, William. Her discovery of an old journal leads them on a quest to uncover the secrets of its mysterious author, Emily Fairfax. Ms. Harrel masterfully entwines this quest with Sophia's own emotional journey. Serious topics of abuse and infidelity are handled with care as all three women find that their truth, self-worth and happiness are not defined by their romantic or familial relationships, but in their relationship with God.While there are many serious moments, there are also many light-hearted and swoon-worthy ones as well. Lindsay Harrel's beautiful descriptions of Cornwall appeal to the senses, fully immersing her readers into the story. The many book references will appeal to any book-nerd's heart. While I loved the fictional journey to Cornwall, it is the spiritual journey of Ms. Harrel's heroines that spoke most to my heart.A few of my favorite quotes: "if we give up hope, we'll never discover the ocean of possibility spread before us, or what it could hold."" We can have all the head knowledge in the world, but our hearts are often what lead us toward destruction-or healing.""Life is more than a beginning, a middle and an end. It's about the countless moments woven in between the lines, the growth, the pruning."I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Abby Breuklander
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even put into words how much I love this story! Whether we realize it yet or not each one of us has a story to tell. Every single day that we've lived is full of experiences to share with others, both the good and the bad. Each one is a piece that only God could write, usually involving moments that can completely take us by surprise and steal our breath away. These moments may not be just for us alone either, we never know who God has waiting in the wings to bring into our lives and joi I can't even put into words how much I love this story! Whether we realize it yet or not each one of us has a story to tell. Every single day that we've lived is full of experiences to share with others, both the good and the bad. Each one is a piece that only God could write, usually involving moments that can completely take us by surprise and steal our breath away. These moments may not be just for us alone either, we never know who God has waiting in the wings to bring into our lives and join into our story, adding to each other's journeys. We can all learn from each other. We may not see the whole picture yet, but He sure does. And that's the best Happily Ever After imaginable.
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know that I have read a book that spoke to me as deeply as this one. It is hard to even describe it. I was sitting in a public place, reading and was struggling to hold back tears. For me, that is something that meant it touched me somewhere beyond the surface. I loved the story, both the modern and historical. The author did an incredible job of capturing the novel location, but also the hard topics that she touched on. Domestic Violence, abandonment, and discovering oneself all are pac I don't know that I have read a book that spoke to me as deeply as this one. It is hard to even describe it. I was sitting in a public place, reading and was struggling to hold back tears. For me, that is something that meant it touched me somewhere beyond the surface. I loved the story, both the modern and historical. The author did an incredible job of capturing the novel location, but also the hard topics that she touched on. Domestic Violence, abandonment, and discovering oneself all are packaged in this book, but don't assume this is a heavy story. It is one of those books that you will want to give as gifts to other book lovers. This book is to be released Feb. 26, 2019! I would highly recommend it. I obtained this book from the publisher through NetGalley. The opinions contained are my own. 
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  • Janie
    January 1, 1970
    A pleasant read that follows the paths of self-determination for two contemporary women. I enjoyed following Sophia and Ginny, each of whom are at a stage in their life when they can break free and understand the true source of their identity and personal worth. At times there seemed to be too many threads to follow, considering the inclusion of the century-ago parallel life of Emily who also needed to find who she was and what gave her value as a person. But the resolution of all the stories ti A pleasant read that follows the paths of self-determination for two contemporary women. I enjoyed following Sophia and Ginny, each of whom are at a stage in their life when they can break free and understand the true source of their identity and personal worth. At times there seemed to be too many threads to follow, considering the inclusion of the century-ago parallel life of Emily who also needed to find who she was and what gave her value as a person. But the resolution of all the stories tie those threads all together, satisfying so. The ending made me happy.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Publication date: Feb 26, 2019
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  • Lisa Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    This book. Fantastic. It involves the lives of three woman, total strangers to one another, who's lives are intertwined. This novel is charming, emotional, and just beautifully written. I loved the characters and their distinct, but complimenting one another. Sometimes books with multiple POVs tend to either be way off from each other or too similar. Harrel just put them together just right. I felt like it ticked many boxes for me as well. It wasn't just a romance, it had mystery, intrigue, emot This book. Fantastic. It involves the lives of three woman, total strangers to one another, who's lives are intertwined. This novel is charming, emotional, and just beautifully written. I loved the characters and their distinct, but complimenting one another. Sometimes books with multiple POVs tend to either be way off from each other or too similar. Harrel just put them together just right. I felt like it ticked many boxes for me as well. It wasn't just a romance, it had mystery, intrigue, emotional conflict, and redemption. Love, love, loved this!4.5/5 stars.*I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    What a well written, beautiful story, about three incredible women. Ms. Harrel has a special way of weaving two couples from the present and the past, and a flawless way of connecting them.This story is about love, forgiveness and faith and it is book-ended by romance.I picked up The Secrets of Paper and Ink and it grabbed me by the heartstrings from the first page. I could not put it down. For me this was a very emotional read. Often I found my self in tears. Ms. Harrel does an excellent job of What a well written, beautiful story, about three incredible women. Ms. Harrel has a special way of weaving two couples from the present and the past, and a flawless way of connecting them.This story is about love, forgiveness and faith and it is book-ended by romance.I picked up The Secrets of Paper and Ink and it grabbed me by the heartstrings from the first page. I could not put it down. For me this was a very emotional read. Often I found my self in tears. Ms. Harrel does an excellent job of covering some heavy topics in this story. From Sophia's domestic violence, from a prior abusive fiance, Ginny's abandonment and husband's unfaithfulness, and Emily Fairfax, a Victorian governess from Cornwall England, who knew two things. She wanted to become a published writer and she was in love with her childhood best friend, who was an heir and well above her station in life. All three of these ladies struggled with adequacy issues. For me this book was perfection. It had several of my favorite things. It takes place in England, it is about a book store and old books, There is the mystery of a personal journal, published or not, that is the question. Solving this mystery and putting the puzzle pieces together. Also Ginny's obsession with her stress baking and desire to go to Culinary School. There is a quote from Emily at the end of the book,“Today, I choose not to leave Emily Fairfax behind but to take her with me as I forge on through life, allowing my experiences and the Light within to shine ever brighter. For I am not the sum total of my experiences. I am much, much more because the Light has claimed me. I started writing because I though it would save me, but ultimately it is not our deeds that have such power. For we can never do enough with only our own strength or even the borrowed strength of other people. It is to another strength we must look, to first build and then to sustain us.”I don't know if I did this book justice with my review. It was hard to put into words the emotions it evoked in me. But I truly enjoyed it and believe you will too.I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Deena
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Just turned the last page. Sitting in stunned silence. A work of literary art.
  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    The written word can change lives in profound ways. This is an amazing, heartwarming and at times heartbreaking story. From hidden letters to broken relationships, the life of each character is shared with the reader. There are times when I read a book and I know the story will stay with me forever. This is one of those books. I received a complimentary copy of the story. This is my own personal opinion. No review was required.
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  • Rebekah Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    That title alone!! 😍😍😍😍 A split time novel, my heart raced back and forth throughout hundreds of years. All three of these women had beautiful and compelling stories. While there is romance, I like that it wasn't the main plot. Instead of the book being overpowered by romantic relationships, it was full of beautiful friendships. Women supporting other women. It was a refreshing trope. Especially for someone who has gotten just a little sick of romance lately. And to all who personally know me, I That title alone!! 😍😍😍😍 A split time novel, my heart raced back and forth throughout hundreds of years. All three of these women had beautiful and compelling stories. While there is romance, I like that it wasn't the main plot. Instead of the book being overpowered by romantic relationships, it was full of beautiful friendships. Women supporting other women. It was a refreshing trope. Especially for someone who has gotten just a little sick of romance lately. And to all who personally know me, I know, I know. What a shocker! 😂 I loved the sweet, kindred spirit friendship between Ginny and Sophia. It was so sweet and there friendship was so spontaneous, I believe God makes people to fit together, and these ladies fit. I did love the romance that was in put in though. Sophia's friend William was adorable!! His lighthearted humor but huge heart were just what she needed. I won't give away anything else. 😉 Emily was somewhat of a Jo March. Spending hours writing, unaware of how the hours had slipped away. Hers and Sophia's love for all things literature was familiar to my own. We're still working on Ginny. 😉 I loved the love of all things books and writing!! Lindsey has a way of perfectly describing these "other worlds wrapped in cardboard and parchment. " Sophia was a victim of abuse, she goes to Cornwall to recover and find herself in the process. Her close friend Joy thinks if Sophia writes her story, it will allow her to heal. Ginny is a "runaway," she's never felt like she's belonged. Sure, she's pretended, but the life she's living just isn't what her soul is saying is right. Her husband has left, Ginny has sectioned herself off from her friends, but when Sophia comes into her life, both ladies have an impact on each other they could never have imagined. The writing was gorgeous! Poetic and beautiful, Lindsay has a way of putting you in the scene. Her descriptions made my heart sore and my soul happy. Her poetic writing will not soon be forgotten. I would have preferred more Faith content. While a few of the characters did have a relationship with Christ and purposely gave their lives to Christ, it just wasn't enough for me. My heart ached for lost love, displaced hearts, and the sad influence society has on our decisions. Even though this story is fiction, it has a way of touching your soul like no other has before. Some of the story lines were predictable, but not too predictable you couldn't enjoy it. others story lines were a complete surprise! There was a sex comment I didn't like, and wondered why it was in there.But it was about a married couple, so nothing impure. "A lot of people deserve happiness and don't get it.""But a lot do. Maybe we just need to keep walking, even when it takes us somewhere we don't want to go. Maybe on the other side, that s where the happiness is found. But if we give up when we're wading through the muck and mire, we'll never discover . . ."Ginny paused.She continued, "If we give up hope, we'll never discover the ocean of possibility spread before us." Lindsay is a new to me author, I was not disappointed. You will definitely want to grab this book up as soon as it releases on February 26th!!But for now, you could pre-order it here. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kirby
    January 1, 1970
    The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a beautifully written story about three incredible women on a journey of healing, forgiveness, faith and discovery. Lindsay Harrel has an amazing talent for writing characters that truly come to life on the page, and right from the beginning, this charming story will draw readers into the heart warming journey radiating throughout.The story focuses around two women in the present time, Sophia and Ginny, and the story of a woman unfolding in the past named Emily. S The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a beautifully written story about three incredible women on a journey of healing, forgiveness, faith and discovery. Lindsay Harrel has an amazing talent for writing characters that truly come to life on the page, and right from the beginning, this charming story will draw readers into the heart warming journey radiating throughout.The story focuses around two women in the present time, Sophia and Ginny, and the story of a woman unfolding in the past named Emily. Sophia is a woman's therapist, but trials she recently went through as the victim of domestic abuse have made her unsure of her place anymore, and she decides a change of scenery may lead to the healing she's in desperate need of. Ginny has recently been handed some harsh life circumstances. She left her family on not great terms after they refused to accept her for who she truly is, and she began a fresh chapter in her life in a new country with her husband and the town of Cornwall's bookstore that they purchased as newlyweds. However, her husband has walked away from both her and the bookstore, and she's struggling to keep the bookstore afloat that was never her dream in the first place.When Sophia answers Ginny's ad to come and work at the struggling bookstore, the two begin a powerful friendship that will help both on the journey to healing and discovering God's master plan for their lives. When a discovery of a journal in a box of donated books hints at a story that appears to never have been finished of a young woman from the eighteen hundreds, Sophia and Ginny are compelled to try and figure out the mystery behind the journal. In the process, they end up drawing upon the help of Ginny's brother in law William to help them upon their quest.Words can hardly describe just how amazing this lovely story is, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed it from start to finish. Lindsay Harrel speaks to the truth that there's a story inside each and every one of us, and whether or not we ever get to finish it, depends upon whether we can truly learn to rely on God's direction, and trust Him to truly reveal the perfect plan He has for our lives. I found both the contemporary and historical chapters to be equally compelling, and while I enjoyed that romance plays a component for each woman in her own way, I also liked that the story doesn't strictly focus on romance, and instead is also heavily about healing, friendship and faith.From reading The Heart Between Us, I knew that Lindsay Harrel does not shy away from writing about tough subjects, and that continues in this one with themes of domestic violence, and abandonment running throughout. While this may not be a truly heavy story, it's a beautiful story that's not afraid to tackle tough subjects, and showcases just how important healing truly is before one can ever fully move on.I couldn't have honestly enjoyed this more, and I highly recommend it. Also, if you're a fan of Lindsay's previous novels, you'll want to look out for small reference to The Heart Between Us!Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Lindsay Harrel is quickly becoming a voice to watch for in the Christian fiction market, and I look forward to seeing what else she has in store for her reader's in future book releases.Thanks so much to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the opportunity to advance read this!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counsellor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England—a place she’s lear I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counsellor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England—a place she’s learned to love through the words of her favourite author—and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room she’s renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace.Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.More than 150 years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.The lives of the three women intertwine as each learns the power she has over the story of her life.What a great, fabulous read. The three women are wonderful to read about and see how their lives intertwine. I must admit that I do wonder why a domestic abuse counseller would let herself be abused....but we women put up with a LOT "in the name of love". (I could add a personal story but that would make me cry then chide myself for hours over why I let it happen...)The book is wonderfully written and crafted and I was darn sad when it ended ... it is still sticking with me days later, which is a lot to say for a super-speed reader like me. Five stars? How about 📚 📚📚📚📚???
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  • Katie Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    The Secret of Paper and InkBy Lindsey Harrel5 stars!Book blurb: A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England—a place she’s learned to love through the words of her favorite author—and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room she’s renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace.Ginn The Secret of Paper and InkBy Lindsey Harrel5 stars!Book blurb: A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England—a place she’s learned to love through the words of her favorite author—and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room she’s renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace.Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.More than 150 years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.The lives of the three women intertwine as each learns the power she has over the story of her life.---The heart of a writer bleeds onto these pages like ink onto paper. Lindsey Harrel does it again by writing real characters, with real flaws, that need a very real Lord and Savior. Finding your worth in Jesus is what rings true in this novel.With a dual timeline we get to watch as Sophia and Ginny research Emily and we gain insight firsthand as we travel back to the 1800s to watch Emily as its happening.Of the three main characters I was most intrigued by Emily. The author did a great job at the historical part of the book. I felt immersed in the time period and it had a Jane Eyre vibe to it. I enjoyed traveling to Cornwall in this book and love that a lot of time is spent inside a bookstore! A sign of a good author is when i need to put the book down to look up more about Cornwall and a certain author that a main character says is her favorite. And the gentlemen in this book is swoon worthy without going to far. I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes forgiveness is the most difficult thing a person can do. Forgiving others...and forgiving ourselves. In this story, Sophia, a women's therapist and book lover, is trying to move on from her abusive fiance's death, but being in the same places every day is making that very difficult. She decides to take the summer, leave Phoenix, Arizona and go to Cornwall, England to visit the place her favorite author wrote about. She finds an apartment to stay in, above a book store no less, and is r Sometimes forgiveness is the most difficult thing a person can do. Forgiving others...and forgiving ourselves. In this story, Sophia, a women's therapist and book lover, is trying to move on from her abusive fiance's death, but being in the same places every day is making that very difficult. She decides to take the summer, leave Phoenix, Arizona and go to Cornwall, England to visit the place her favorite author wrote about. She finds an apartment to stay in, above a book store no less, and is required to help out while she's there.Ginny Rose co-owns the bookstore Rosebud Books with her husband who has left her "to figure some things out" and desperately needs help. Her store isn't generating enough money to sustain itself and the bank has just denied Ginny a loan to help her get on her feet. So the arrival of Sophia, who has many great idea's of how to help, is perfect timing!While going through piles of old books that have been donated or sold to the store, Sophia finds a notebook with a story written by someone named Emily Fairfax. Sophia is instantly hooked and decides to see if she, along with Ginny's brother-in-law and lit professor William, can find out more about the story, Emily, and why she feels such a connection and familiarity to the words in the notebook. As they search for Emily, Sophia opens up to William and the two become close.Although this all takes place within a three month period, their relationship feels very organic and not rushed. The beauty of friendship is a very strong theme of this book along with the pull we can feel from words on a page. It's a connection to another person, sometimes a person who lived long ago! I really enjoyed this story. It grabbed my interest right away and I never felt like the story slowed. I couldn't wait to see if they would find out who Emily Fairfax was, if Sophia and William would figure out a way to stay together, if Ginny would keep the bookstore or move on to her real love of culinary school.A wonderful, heart-warming story! I look forward to what comes next from Lindsay Harrel!I received a complementary of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    I have fallen in love with Lindsay Harrel and her books. And this book did not disappoint.You are immediately sucked into Sophia Barrett's life. You will find your heart aching along with Sophia and you cheer her on as she escapes to Cornwall, England.Once you get to Cornwall, you will fall in love with the lovely town and Ginny Rose...another American who has found herself living in Cornwall. Both of these ladies struggle with aspects of their love lives...currently and in the past. It was deli I have fallen in love with Lindsay Harrel and her books. And this book did not disappoint.You are immediately sucked into Sophia Barrett's life. You will find your heart aching along with Sophia and you cheer her on as she escapes to Cornwall, England.Once you get to Cornwall, you will fall in love with the lovely town and Ginny Rose...another American who has found herself living in Cornwall. Both of these ladies struggle with aspects of their love lives...currently and in the past. It was delightful to watch both of them grow and mature, learn to trust themselves, and being to open up their hearts and souls to new love and adventures.And while you are getting caught up in the story of Sophia and Ginny's lives, Sophia discovers a manuscript.  The discovery of the manuscript will help lead the way to forgiveness, healing, and courage.  It's a slow process, but you will enjoy traveling along as you enjoy two different times in history.I would love to see a sequel develop from this book. I didn't want to leave Sophia or Ginny...needing to spend more time getting to know them better.Thank you to Lindsay Harrel, Thomas Nelson Publishers, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Faouzia
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a beautiful story about three brave women.At the beginning, the title caught me, and then from the first page i stepped inside the story and i felt no longer just a reader. In a way, i felt connected to the women of the story.Sophia was trying to get over an abusive relationship. Ginny, trapped inside her husband's dream, wanted just to find where she really belonged. Emily, a governess in the Victorian England, wanted nothing more than to become a published author, something almos This was such a beautiful story about three brave women.At the beginning, the title caught me, and then from the first page i stepped inside the story and i felt no longer just a reader. In a way, i felt connected to the women of the story.Sophia was trying to get over an abusive relationship. Ginny, trapped inside her husband's dream, wanted just to find where she really belonged. Emily, a governess in the Victorian England, wanted nothing more than to become a published author, something almost impossible for the women of her time. Three women connected by the journal left by Emily.Maybe the story is not exactly unheard of, but it had something in it that drew me in. I think many readers will find a particular aspect of the characters to feel connected to. I loved the story of Emily the most. She was a strong woman.As much as i enjoyed the story, i find myself now with little to say. Let's just say that it is a journey worth taking.Thank you NetGalley, the Publisher and Author for this copy in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.This was such a breath of fresh air to read because this book demonstrated what passion you can get for the love of reading and writing literature. Sophia was a prime example of the passion you have if you love what you do and are determined to find a new path and turn it into your dream job. What I found most appealing and my favorite part of the book was th I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.This was such a breath of fresh air to read because this book demonstrated what passion you can get for the love of reading and writing literature. Sophia was a prime example of the passion you have if you love what you do and are determined to find a new path and turn it into your dream job. What I found most appealing and my favorite part of the book was the use of the word authoress. With the setting a while back in Cornwall England it was sure to be brought up at some point but now since I found a new word and love it so much, I might use it often now. Such a relaxing breath of fresh air to read and I know our patrons are sure to love this.We will consider adding this title to our Fiction collection at our library and that is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Bobbye
    January 1, 1970
    The Secrets of Paper and Ink is the story of three women, each dealing with her own pain. Sophia has lost her fiance who also happened to be her abuser. She travels to England to heal. There she meets Ginny, who is struggling to find herself as well as trying to keep her failing bookstore open and give her husband the space he has requested. We also have Emily, the author of a journal Sophia finds in Ginny's bookstore and her story of trying to be independent in the late 19th century because she The Secrets of Paper and Ink is the story of three women, each dealing with her own pain. Sophia has lost her fiance who also happened to be her abuser. She travels to England to heal. There she meets Ginny, who is struggling to find herself as well as trying to keep her failing bookstore open and give her husband the space he has requested. We also have Emily, the author of a journal Sophia finds in Ginny's bookstore and her story of trying to be independent in the late 19th century because she cannot be with the man she loves.Each of these characters is well rounded and the story is engaging but it could use tighter editing - less flowery description and repetitiveness. This was a sweet Christian fiction story that can be consumed quickly. Recommended for readers who like a sweet romance with a little depth.
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  • Jan Fore
    January 1, 1970
    Lizzy started writing her novel despite it not being acceptable for anyone let alone women in this time in England. Her best friend, a man several steps above her social means. A century later, another woman, Sophia tries to get beyond her fiance's violent behavior toward her. She wants to return to her counseling position at a women's center. Unable to accomplish this she searches online to find a position to work with books, her other great interest. Our third lady, is from Cornwall, England. Lizzy started writing her novel despite it not being acceptable for anyone let alone women in this time in England. Her best friend, a man several steps above her social means. A century later, another woman, Sophia tries to get beyond her fiance's violent behavior toward her. She wants to return to her counseling position at a women's center. Unable to accomplish this she searches online to find a position to work with books, her other great interest. Our third lady, is from Cornwall, England. Ginny is running her husband's used bookstore. He has left her yet she feels if the bookstore succeeds, he may return to her. Sophia connects with Ginny and her brother's -in-law to pull the store and the women's lives back together. In an old box of book donations Sophia discovers Lizzy's unpublished novel.
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  • Jennifer K
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsay Harrel certainly knows the secrets of writing. With a beautiful use of language, three stories emerge in this touching novel against the alluring backdrop of Cornwall, England. I appreciated that not overnight, but through a process, three women dealing with difficult situations discover truth about themselves, their identities and their faith. Through that process, they find hope. I was drawn into each of these overlapping stories and learned lessons for myself as I joined their journey Lindsay Harrel certainly knows the secrets of writing. With a beautiful use of language, three stories emerge in this touching novel against the alluring backdrop of Cornwall, England. I appreciated that not overnight, but through a process, three women dealing with difficult situations discover truth about themselves, their identities and their faith. Through that process, they find hope. I was drawn into each of these overlapping stories and learned lessons for myself as I joined their journey. Harrel successfully communicates the power of story and the importance of discovering one’s own story. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience that The Secrets of Paper and Ink offers and will be recommending it to my friends. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Shonda
    January 1, 1970
    Lindsay Harrel’s book The Secrets of Paper and Ink will be rewarded as the best book of 2019! The talent that Lindsey brings to the table is one to be etched into readers minds. Her book brings about such powerful emotion, from fear, remorse, anger, pain and friendship to love. Three different women all trying to find their place in the world. The Secrets Of Paper and Ink brought so much to focus in my own life and gave me a new perspective on it. This story is so beautiful and shows the reader Lindsay Harrel’s book The Secrets of Paper and Ink will be rewarded as the best book of 2019! The talent that Lindsey brings to the table is one to be etched into readers minds. Her book brings about such powerful emotion, from fear, remorse, anger, pain and friendship to love. Three different women all trying to find their place in the world. The Secrets Of Paper and Ink brought so much to focus in my own life and gave me a new perspective on it. This story is so beautiful and shows the reader how God see each of us. Watch for Lindsey Harrel she is not only taking the readers hearts with this book but awards in the literary world as well!
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  • Anya
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this novel. A bit of historical fiction mystery, romance and contemporary mixed together involving books. What more could you want? We follow three women finding their own path in life after their love dies, cheats or marrys someone else. I loved that all the women came out stronger, although they all ended up having a happy ending finding a new partner. I usually don't like it if the ending is too perfect, but I didn't mind in this case. Nice and fluffy. Triggers for abusive re I really enjoyed this novel. A bit of historical fiction mystery, romance and contemporary mixed together involving books. What more could you want? We follow three women finding their own path in life after their love dies, cheats or marrys someone else. I loved that all the women came out stronger, although they all ended up having a happy ending finding a new partner. I usually don't like it if the ending is too perfect, but I didn't mind in this case. Nice and fluffy. Triggers for abusive relationships. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an eARC.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    #TheSecretOfPaperAndInk #NetGalley I started this book, with no knowledge of what it was about, the story of three very strong women and how their lives inter connect with each other. Sophie is a therapist for women, but is a victim, herself, and struggles to get past the voices inside her head. Ginny is dealing with her own loss, being separated from her husband and running a business. Emily longs to be an author, in a time when women authors were looked down on. Each women shares her story and #TheSecretOfPaperAndInk #NetGalley I started this book, with no knowledge of what it was about, the story of three very strong women and how their lives inter connect with each other. Sophie is a therapist for women, but is a victim, herself, and struggles to get past the voices inside her head. Ginny is dealing with her own loss, being separated from her husband and running a business. Emily longs to be an author, in a time when women authors were looked down on. Each women shares her story and I enjoyed reading each part. A great book that was hard to put down.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I Loved this book! Due to be released in February of 2019, I was able to read a Net g]Galley digital copy. I loved Harrel's The Heart Between Us and equally enjoyed The Secrets of Paper and Ink! A heartwarming story across the continents and generations, set in a book store with a main character who LOVES books! You'll be hooked reading this story and seeing it unfold :) Lindsay Harrell is an author to watch!
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is beautiful written. It’s a wonderful story about 3 women overcoming difficult situations in their lives. I love the positive message in this book! I was sad to see this book end. I loved it! The characters were all excellent! I highly recommend this book!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Rachel Dodson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book! I loved the characters and setting. I really enjoyed the writing. The author did a great job with the character development. I am really excited to read more by this author. I recieved this book for free from the publisher. All opinions are my own. A positive review is not required.
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  • JaneReads
    January 1, 1970
    This book sucked me right in! I very quickly found myself caring about Sophia. She is struggling with mixed feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. She realizes she is not ready to go back to work after 3 months, deciding she needs a change in scenery she makes the decision to go to Cornwall, England. When she arrives in England we meet Ginny, William and Emily. The more characters I met the more invested in the story I became. In England Sophia discovers an old journal that captures her This book sucked me right in! I very quickly found myself caring about Sophia. She is struggling with mixed feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. She realizes she is not ready to go back to work after 3 months, deciding she needs a change in scenery she makes the decision to go to Cornwall, England. When she arrives in England we meet Ginny, William and Emily. The more characters I met the more invested in the story I became. In England Sophia discovers an old journal that captures her attention and with the help of William she is able to not only discover who the writer was but quite a bit about her life. Along the way Sophia and William grow close. Can Sophia open herself up to the possibility of a new relationship after the hurt of the past?While each character captured my heart in a different way, it was Ginny’s circumstances that broke my heart. I was very pleased with the support she received from those she didn’t expect it from. I was very pleased with the ending we were given for each character. However it would be great if sometime in the future we could catch up with these characters again. This book really got me thinking. I highlighted so many sentences while reading this book. Many of the things learned by Sophia & Ginny are things that we all need to remember. While the story did include some difficult situations such as an abusive relationship, a husband’s abandonment, and a seemingly impossible dream the overall story was not depressing but rather I found it encouraging. The message I take away from it is that God is always there to help you navigate the hard times and rise above them. Highly recommend! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)This review first appeared at: C Jane Read.
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    This seemed like a catnip book for me: a woman trying to find a way out of the morass created by her past moves across an ocean to work in a bookstore. The book opens with her returning to work... and realizing she's still not ready to be there. So she answers and work in a bookstore where the owner has problems of her own.This is a really well-written book and I liked the way the characters were developed. But-- there was a deep dive into Christianity that was NOT explained either in the synops This seemed like a catnip book for me: a woman trying to find a way out of the morass created by her past moves across an ocean to work in a bookstore. The book opens with her returning to work... and realizing she's still not ready to be there. So she answers and work in a bookstore where the owner has problems of her own.This is a really well-written book and I liked the way the characters were developed. But-- there was a deep dive into Christianity that was NOT explained either in the synopsis of the book nor in the tags for genre. I don't mind reading books that do this but I appreciate a warning when you think that you're reading a book about women who are figuring out their own lives and then you're told that, no, actually, God has been steering them all along.
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