The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson- a mini review



The Bookseller

by Cynthia Swanson

published by Harper

March 2015


I was excited to read this book because it had so many things that I love in a story.  I am a sucker for books about people who love books and reading.  I loved how Kitty was living a quiet, but mostly satisfying life- working in the bookshop she owned with her best friend, and enjoying the company of her mom and dad.  When she starts to have dreams of an alternate life- where she met and fell in love with a wonderful man and has a beautiful home and children, we realize that Kitty definitely feels there is something missing in her life.  As the dreams continue, we see that neither life is really perfect.  Kitty sees how lonely she really is, and understands that in her dreams, Katharyn’s life has problems too.

I loved the way this story unraveled.  It kept me engaged to the very end.  I was torn as to which life I wanted to be real.  Poor Kitty/Katharyn.  Nothing is perfect.



Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . . 

Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.

Then the dreams begin.

Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps.

Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?

As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?


3 thoughts on “The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson- a mini review

  1. I’m so curious about this book and have a hold for it at the library. Did you find the switching back and forth confusing?

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