The Door To Door Bookstore by Carsten Henn

Very Charming

The Door To Door Bookstore by Carsten Henn is a very charming novel that I loved.

There is a serene beauty to the tale which is about books and friendship. Characters bond over books, as books are a great leveler. People of different ages and backgrounds unite over books. Books bring out the best in us. The walking bookseller knows just what each of his customer’s wants – but is it what they need?

A young nine year old girl is wise beyond her years. She watches, and takes in everything. She knows what people need, even though they don’t say a word. She loves books too and this makes her a misfit at school.

The friendship between the walking bookseller and young girl is beautiful to watch unfold. He is reluctant to engage with her at first but her enthusiasm is infectious. She is loved by all his customers. We, as readers, love her too. She is a breath of fresh air, brightening our day.

I absolutely adored The Door To Door Bookstore. The unlikely pairing of a seventy two year old man and a nine year old girl works well. Both bring out qualities in the other, and also everyone they meet. The girl is openly full of joi de vivre and is perfectly captured by the author.

I loved the stray cat named Dog. He was also a misfit who wandered the streets, joining with the other two misfits. They all bonded.

This was such a charming and beautiful read. I am sorry it is ended.

I will leave you with my favourite quote:

“Within each book lies a heart that begins to beat when someone reads it.”

I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


The Door-to-Door Bookstore

There’s a book written for every one of us…
Carl may be 72 years old, but he’s young at heart. Every night he goes door-to-door delivering books by hand to his loyal customers. He knows their every desire and preference, carefully selecting the perfect story for each person.

One evening as he makes his rounds, nine-year-old Schascha appears. Loud and precocious, she insists on accompanying him – and even tries to teach him a thing or two about books.

When Carl’s job at the bookstore is threatened, will the old man and the girl in the yellow raincoat be able to restore Carl’s way of life, and return the joy of reading to his little European town?

THE DOOR-TO-DOOR BOOKSTORE is a heart-warming tale of the value of friendship, the magic of reading, and the power of books to unite us all.

Translated by Melody Shaw

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Author Bio – Carsten Henn has worked as a radio presenter, wine and restaurant critic, and has published a number of successful novels. He lives in Germany.

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