When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn't expect a reply. And when Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, neither does he. They're both searching for something - they just don't know it yet. Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a life she doesn't remember choosing. Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina's letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair. Can their unexpected friendship survive?
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Barcelona, 1957. It is the week before Christmas in the Sempere & Sons bookshop. Daniel Sempere is happily married to Bea, and they have a son, whilst their partner Fermin is soon to marry Bernarda. Luck, finally, seems to be smiling on them. Then a mysterious person enters the shop, buys the most expensive volume on display - an illustrated edition of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO - and inscribes in it the words 'For Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from among the dead and holds the key to the future. 13'. Who is he? What does he want? The answer lies in a terrible secret, hidden for two decades...a tale of imprisonment, betrayal, murder and love, leading back into the heart of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
Sara Zarr/Tara Altebrando
When Elizabeth receives her first-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey town (and her mom), and start afresh in California... Elizabeth's message to Lauren in San Francisco comes as a surprise: she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you don't always get what you want - especially when what you want is privacy... Soon the girls are emailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. It seems that the only people they can rely on are each other...
A.J. Fikry owns a failing bookshop. His wife has just died in tragic circumstances. His rare and valuable first edition has been stolen. His life is a wreck... Amelia is a book rep with a big heart and a lonely life... Maya is the baby left on A.J.'s bookshop floor with a note. What happens in the bookshop that changes the lives of these seemingly normal but extraordinary characters?