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Welcome to my stop on The Secrets of Paper and Ink blog tour. Enjoy my review and do not forget to enter the giveaway.

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Title: The Secrets of Paper and Ink

Author: Lindsay Harrel

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release date: February 26, 2019

Publisher: Tyndale

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.

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.

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4 Stars:

The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a story of three strong woman, who have all suffered serious heartbreak. How they deal with it, heal from it, and move on in life is what this book is all about.

Sophia Barrett is still dealing with her feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. After taking several months off from work, she returns only to suffer another breakdown. She decides she needs a change of scenery and escapes to Cornwall, England, the setting of books written by her favourite author. It turns out the temporary job and home she has taken for three months is living above and working in an almost bankrupt bookstore. The bookstore is owned by fellow American Ginny Rose, whose husband, Garrett, cleaned out the bank account and went off to London to find himself. Six months later, he informs her he has found someone else and wants a divorce. Ginny and Sophia work tirelessly with the help of Stephen (Garrett’s brother) and Garrett’s best friend to save the bookstore and make a go of it. While all this is going on, Sophia has found a journal belonging to Emily Fairfax. For some reason, Sophia wants to track down Emily’s family and find out if the story in the journal is fact or fiction.

I really enjoyed The Secrets of Paper and Ink. The story is told in three points of view, Sophia and Ginny in the present and Emily in the past. Lindsay Harrel did a wonderful job weaving these stories together in a seamless way. Even though all three women are dealing with heartbreak, they also have very different challenges, different dreams and different paths to follow. The mystery of who Emily Fairfax was and how she fits into the lives of the characters in the present added another layer to make this more than just another women’s story of second chances. There is romance in all their lives that moves slowly and has some stumbling blocks they need to overcome. The women show strength and resilience, but they are not able to determine the paths to fulfill their dreams until they give it up to the Lord and let him guide them. With friendship, self-discovery, faith and love, all three women have a second chance to find and achieve their dreams. The writing is beautiful, descriptive and left me wanting to take a trip to Cornwall to see all the places described in this story. I am hoping there might be a sequel so I can reconnect with Ginny and Sophia to see what comes next in their lives. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.



Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at


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To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away a copy of Lindsay’s first book The Heart Between Us!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 26
The Avid Reader, February 26
The Power of Words, February 26
Carla Loves To Read, February 26
Blogging With Carol, February 27
Inspirationally Ever After, February 27
Kristin’s Book Reviews, February 27
Real World Bible Study, February 28
Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews, February 28
Carpe Diem, February 28
A Baker’s Perspective, March 1
Andy Carmichael, March 1
Stephanie’s Life of Determination, March 1
Bibliophile Reviews, March 2
The Becca Files, March 2
Just Your Average reviews, March 2
Christian Chick’s Thoughts, March 3
Emily Yager, March 3
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 3
Genesis 5020, March 4
Reader’s Cozy Corner, March 4
Stories By Gina, March 4
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 5
Simple Harvest Reads, March 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Mary Hake, March 5
Remembrancy, March 6
Through the Fire Blogs, March 6
Inklings and Notions, March 6
Just the Write Escape, March 7
Pause for Tales, March 7
Book by Book, March 7
Living Life Free in Christ, March 8
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 8
To Everything A Season, March 8
The Lit Addict, March 9
Texas Book-aholic, March 9
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 9
Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 10
Janices book reviews, March 10
Bigreadersite, March 10
Henry Happens, March 11
Godly Book Reviews, March 11
All-of-a-kind Mom, March 11
amandainpa , March 11