The Book of Silver Linings by Nan Fischer
There is something really comforting about opening a book from an author you know and enjoy. From page one, you just know that you’re going to be pulled in. That a character you can relate to, empathize with, and root for is just waiting for you to get to know them. I read and loved Nan Fischer’s last book, Some of It Was Real, so I was delighted and excited for the chance to read an advanced reader copy of her newest novel, The Book of Silver Linings.
Honestly, I knew I was going to love it before I began, but this book felt like the novel version of a brown paper package tied up with string of some of my favorite things: female protagonist with a big heart who learns to love herself, a bit of history, libraries and old books, adoptable animals, a sassy best friend, and a happy ending. I mean, really, does it get any better than that?
There’s little doubt that I related to Constance, this book’s main character, because she gets to a point in her life where she learns to set boundaries and soon discovers how much of herself and her energy she was giving away to people who really didn’t deserve it. That message, that lesson, is one yours truly has been struggling with as of late. It was inspiring to read/watch her take back her power and realize that her needs and wants were just as important as everyone else’s. Her realization that she was powerful and capable, that she didn’t have to settle, hit me right in the feels.
This book checks all the boxes for me: great plot, wonderful character development, solid pacing, rich, sensory descriptions, and it left me both wanting more and feeling satisfied. Nan Fischer writes books that speak to heart but doesn’t gloss over the hard stuff. Love can be princess dresses and billionaire boyfriends, but more often than not, it’s more about accepting who you are and finding someone who loves you with out expecting anything other than that. And as is the case here, sometimes that person turns out to be the last person you’d expect.
For it’s ability to pull me in, a protagonist I rooted for from the beginning, and all the bits and pieces that made this book play like a movie in my mind, this book earns a full five stars from me.
P.S. This book is due out on August 15, 2023. Go pre-order your copy or add it to you Wish or Want to Read list. You don’t want to miss this one, I promise!
Constance Sparks always says yes …when her capricious best friend needs money; when her boss gives her more responsibility without a raise; and when her boyfriend, Hayden, who is very kind but also secretive, asks her to marry him.
While planning their wedding—and struggling with anxiety about the right course for her future—Constance researches the history of her antique engagement ring and unearths the name of a man who might be connected to it, plus his tragic love story. When she finds a book of letters in her library’s old manuscript section written by the long-dead man, Constance is deeply touched by his words and leaves a note for him confessing her uncertainty and doubts. She’s shocked days later to find a response tucked among the pages.
As the notes continue to arrive, Constance finds herself quickly falling in love with a ghost and putting her real-life relationship in jeopardy. Will a bond based on letters impossibly sent from the past derail her future? Or will Constance discover her voice and risk everything for the chance to somehow connect with her true soul mate?