3 out of 5 for The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey.
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.
The Library of Lost Things is a very sweet story. It features a slowburn romance, a heroine who must learn to understand herself, a fantastic friendship, and a complicated family shadowed by mental illness. I liked the characters a lot. They were intriguing, funny, and easy to get attached to.
It was a little slow for my taste, but still a really good story. If you’ve been around awhile, you know that slow stories are my downfall. Even though it was work for me to go through it, I definitely felt it was worth it because the story itself was so enjoyable. Lovers of slowburn stories will definitely love this book.
Speaking of slowburn, we definitely have to talk about the romance. It’s super cute. Asher is a great person for Darcy. She needs someone who will give her room to take care of herself, which he does, but he also takes care of her. Even better, he allows himself to be vulnerable and be taken care of by her. They have a great give and take relationship.
It’s not only Darcy’s relationship with Asher that it is fantastic to see. Darcy and Marisol’s friendship is beautiful. They have a special, trusting bond. She’s the family that Darcy needs. Darcy’s family isn’t exactly there for her. Her mom is completely engulfed by her hoard, and her grandma has absented herself from the problem.
The Library of Lost Things is a debut novel and a pretty damn good one. Namey is definitely an author I’ll be watching.
This novel comes out on October 8!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.
On to my next great reading adventure!