Step into Heather Kaufman’s debut novel, The Story People and experience the power of a good book. Friendships are formed, imaginations are stretched and grown, troubles disappear.
Ben Palermo is discontent with his life. His original plan of taking care of his late uncle’s bookstore for a year before selling it has now become three years. While the people of the town are a draw, he has no direction for his future.
When Rosemary enters his store, Ben’s more engaged than he’s been in a long time. There’s something different about this woman, something familiar. But when three well-meaning busybodies decide they want to keep Ben in town, hilarity ensues. As do the misunderstanding between Rosemary and Ben.
Kaufman doesn’t shy away from real-life issues that are painful. Instead, she approaches them with care and compassion while giving the readers a chance to recover with a pump of humor. It took me a few chapters to get completely engaged in the book but after five or six chapters, I came to care about each of the characters and wanted to continue on this journey with them. Some of my favorite scenes were chapter beginnings with the boy and girl as they created the story people in their secret place.
And this would definitely be one of those books the story people spent a lot of time with.
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