The Book Lover

By Maryann McFadden
Three Women Press, Paperback, 9780984867103, 329pp.

Publication Date: May 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2012 Indie Next List
“This is the story of small-town bookseller Ruth Hardaway, who's done everything possible to hold onto her store, from pawning her dead mother's jewelry to selling books at the local prison. When she discovers unknown novelist Lucy Barrett, the women forge a fast friendship and inspire each other to hang onto their dreams. When a secret manuscript is discovered, both their friendship and their dreams are put to the ultimate test. The Book Lover takes you into the heart and soul of the book world with characters you will come to love. It is the most honest story about the world of books that I have ever read.”
— Rob Dougherty, Clinton Book Shop, Clinton, NJ


Ruth Hardaway has had one passion all her life: books. For thirty years she's devoted her life to her book store, trying to bury her painful past. But now the store is in jeopardy, and the past is catching up with her. Lucinda Barrett lost everything in a life-shattering betrayal. Desperate, she goes after one last dream—to be an author. Alone and broke, she embarks on a journey, eventually landing on Ruth's doorstep. Ruth takes Lucy under her wing, championing her book and even offering her refuge at a nearby lake cabin. In return, she wants Lucy to keep an eye on her son, Colin, who's recovering from a war injury. As the two women grow closer and begin to face the past, neither has any idea that their toughest decisions lie ahead—or that their friendship is about to fall apart because of a little white lie.

About the Author
Maryann McFadden has been a successful realtor for the past twenty years, but she always wanted to be a novelist.

Praise For The Book Lover

“Oh, what a feast for book lovers!  McFadden mines bookstores, writers’ lives, publishing, and the rocky terrain of the human heart with equal grace and aplomb. The Book Lover is wise, knowing, and totally wonderful.” Caroline Leavitt, NY Times Bestselling Author of Pictures of You

“Maryann McFadden takes you into the hearts and souls of two ordinary women, a writer and a bookseller, who find the courage to pursue their dreams, and the men they love. The Book Lover is unforgettable." Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Heartfelt and richly woven, Maryann McFadden's latest tells the story of love lost - and found again in an unexpected place. It's a valentine to book lovers."  Sarah Pekkanen, Author of These Girls

The Book Lover is the name of a charming book shop which acts as one of the main characters in this story of broken marriages, secrets, friendships and little white lies. The well developed characters and subject will make this a sure selection for book clubs.” Elizabeth Merritt, Titcomb’s Books

“The Book Lover takes you into the heart and soul of the book world, with characters you will come to love. The most honest story about the world of books I've read yet.” Rob Dougherty, Clinton Book Shop 


“A compelling story of love, loss and survival.”  Tom Warner, Litchfield Books


“Book lovers everywhere will love this story!”  Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop


“I’ve always found some character or situation in Maryann McFadden’s books that reminds me of me and mine—this time she even nails my life as a bookseller!”  Betsy Rider, Otto’s Books

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