Published by Inkyard Press on October 8, 2019
From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.
While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.
Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.
As you all know I am a fan of books about books and/or bookstores. So, this book as you might imagine was right up my alley!
The main character of this novel is Darcy Wells and though her life is far from perfect she finds solace in her job at the local bookstore. Her mother is a hoarder and has bombarded much of their apartment with stuff. Due to this, Darcy is afraid to let anyone close for fear they would call the authorities and those people would find her mother unfit and have Darcy sent away.
Things are getting more stressful for her, however, since there is a new manager for their apartment building. Not to mention there is a new man in her life named Asher Fleet. They become friends as he spends his breaks (from his own job) in the bookstore she works in.
I enjoyed this book tremendously! I believe that they handled are the different subject matters (including the mother’s mental illness) with care and sensitivity. The growth of the relationship between Darcy and Asher was equal parts heartwarming and heartwrenching and one I was sincerely hoping would work out. If you want to know how things ended up I suggest you grab this novel for yourself!