The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel

The Secrets of Paper and Ink

Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.A year after the death of her abusive fiancé, domestic violence counselor Sophia Barrett finds returning to work too painful. She escapes to Cornwall, England--a place she's learned to love through the words of her favorite author--and finds a place to stay with the requirement that she help out in the bookstore underneath the room s...

Details The Secrets of Paper and Ink

TitleThe Secrets of Paper and Ink
Release DateFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Secrets of Paper and Ink

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    I felt such a connection to Sophia, She lost her husband and tried to lose herself in books. I just lost my only daughter and I try everyday to get lost in books. Sophia felt at home in a book store I to go to a book store on the weekends and feel at home. This book really was wrote for me. I loved all three ladies but Sophia was my hero. I gave this book 4.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it!Thanks to my best friend for giving me a copy of it, I w...
  • Gemma
    I'm all warm and fuzzy after reading this.What a lovely book. I found this well written and easy to follow. The different pov from different characters all flowed well together. The secret of Paper and Ink is a wonderful story of three women, total strangers, whos lives are deeply entwined. I loved the characters and didn't want to stop reading , desperate for the next piece of the puzzle to fall into place. The writing is so rich and deep in pla...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Let me say first of all that, while Harrel’s books are more women’s fiction with a dash of romance, that dash is super well done. Romantic tension sparks off the page, and the tenderness of the romances on these pages made my heart ache at its beauty. If she ever wants to write a purely romantical novel just for fun, I will be first in line!However, I will also be first in line for any future women’s fiction novels Harrel delivers. I loved ...
  • Hannah
    An easy read with pages that practically turn themselves. There are three POV characters, two modern and one historical. Sophie has most of the page time and the most complete emotional arc; Emily was my favorite despite her having the least page time, but she was so colorful. In all I think I’d have tripped over line from loving it to adoring it if it had been longer and the characters given a bit longer arc. (A good bit of the beginning of th...
  • R.J. Rodda
    I would love to visit the bookshop in this book - it has a loft where you can read and delicious baked goods as well as the enticing bonuses - a free muffin if you buy a book - yum! The bookshop aside, what this book is actually about is the journeys of three very different women. I enjoyed the historical section the best - Emily and Edward’s story was romantic and sad and mostly lovely. There are a lot of messages Thank overtly stated in this ...
  • Carrie Turansky
    I listened to the audio version and highly recommend it! Lovely setting, touching story, very well done.
  • Madison
    The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a charming story, combing the stories of three very strong women as they face the challenges of love, family, heartbreak, and following their dreams.Sophia Barrett is still wrestling with conflicting feelings after the death of her abusive fiancé. After a return to work goes badly, she escapes to the setting of her favourite novels, Cornwall, England. There she meets fellow American, Ginny Rose who is trying to sa...
  • Laura
    2.5 stars. Pathetic female characters, too predictable, horrible audio performance. Next.
  • Heidi Chiavaroli
    From Endorsement:In a delightful weaving of past and present, Lindsay Harrel creates authentic characters around a moving story that both inspires and encourages. The Secrets of Paper and Ink is about broken people, second chances, hope, and—my personal favorite—the incredible power of story.
  • Rebecca
    4.5 stars"Books had always been her escape. Here, she hoped they'd become her healing." Sophia Barrett has a story to tell, if only she could find the words. So when she takes an extended self-imposed sabbatical from her profession as a women's therapist in order to heal her own wounds, she finds herself temporarily planted in Cornwall, England . . . where another young woman, who co-owns a charming bookshop desperately needs to find her own path...
  • Abby Breuklander
    I can't even put into words how much I love this story! Whether we realize it yet or not each one of us has a story to tell. Every single day that we've lived is full of experiences to share with others, both the good and the bad. Each one is a piece that only God could write, usually involving moments that can completely take us by surprise and steal our breath away. These moments may not be just for us alone either, we never know who God has wa...
  • Andrea Cox
    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.My feelings are so mixed about this story. There were parts I completely adored and cherished and that made me want to guzzle the rest of the chapters, but there were others that bugged me and made me set aside the book to work on something else for a while. Thankfully, the author’s sweet style and voice ...
  • Rachael
    “...I knew what I needed to do. ‘I surrender.’ The words returned to me on the wind. Opening my arms wide,I twirled in the radiant sunlight...a new sense of purpose burning in my soul.”I really enjoyed this read...and I found it fairly easy to follow the three main characters throughout their journey in life. The reader becomes the characters...rooting for their victories and empathizing in their failures. Life doesn’t go the way we exp...
  • ✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
    This book is solid 4 for me. I certainly enjoyed this fiction. The characters were well-developed, and I cherish split time stories. It's unravelling a history mystery.The story goes through numerous emotions and life challenges, and in the end, God brought them all together for their healing.Nevertheless, there is a missing puzzle in the story that made me feel like this book was incomplete.Genre: Christian Fiction. This book is solid 4 🌟...
  • Hallie Szott
    4.5Lindsay Harrel’s The Secrets of Paper and Ink, with its bookstore setting and classic-novel references, is the perfect novel for a bookish reader.While still in the process of healing, Sophia Barrett travels to Cornwall, England and begins to work in a bookstore. Here, she meets bookstore owner Ginny Rose and discovers the journal of governess Emily Fairfax. The stories of these three women intertwine as they sort through dreams and loves, h...
  • Abbi
    When I read this author’s previous book last year I was absolutely blown away! It was one of my absolute favorite reads from 2018 and the story stuck with me the way few books do. So to say that this book was one of my most anticipated reads for this year would be an understatement! And this book lived up to and exceeded my every expectation! It was beautiful and amazing and I was completely lost in this fictional world from beginning to end. I...
  • Carole Jarvis
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: Secrets of Paper and Ink – a delightful novel with a clever title that leads to a most pleasurable reading experience! This story, by new-to-me author Lindsay Harrel, has three elements that I greatly love – the genre is women’s fiction (with a dual timeline), the setting is British (Cornwall, England), and bookish elements are woven throughout (cozy bookshop, references to classics,...
  • Jan
    I received a copy of this from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. So here goes … first off, I loved the cover and to be honest it was what drew me to the book. Unfortunately the story did not stack up to the cover and it certainly did not wow me like most of the other reviewers. It was a pleasant enough read and I enjoyed the story line of Sophie and William trying to uncover the mystery of Emily. But overall I found ...
  • Andi
    I'm beginning to think that time-slip novels are my favorites, which this one is. This is classified as Women's Fiction and it is, but it also has a mystery woven throughout.I adored the bookstore with it's cozy C.S. Lewis feel that just makes you want to pull up a chair and enjoy all the cozy bookish feels.I could identify with both Sophia and Ginny having personally experienced the pain that both of these women did in the book.Healing from dome...
  • Tamara
    I am a sucker for novels that explore the idea of finding what is your passion but done so in a manner that isn't corny, and this book checks all the boxes for me on that front. This is my third book by Lindsay Harrel and this, in my opinion, is her best yet.I really loved all the characters(except Garrett) but Sophia and Ginny were my favorites as they were brought together by their unusual circumstances, but I like how things have a way of work...
  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    My first Lindsay Harrel novel and most definitely will not be my last! She has a beautiful talent for creating characters that will make you feel like family, and a plot line that is full of faith and hope.I wasn’t sure what I would gain from this book, at first. It’s got emotional triggers, as someone who has gone through the emotional domestic abuse in the past. But, the way Harrel weaved the pain and heartache, the hope and faith, together...
  • Caitlyn Santi
    Wow! What an amazing novel! Fair warning: though I will try my best there is no way this review will even come close to doing this book justice! I recently read this author's previous novel The Heart Between Us and loved it, so needless to say that made me even more excited to read this new one. This book sucked me in on page one and didn't let me go. I was delightfully surprised to discover that this is in fact a time-slip novel (which is one of...
  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    This was a sweet story of three women, brought together by paper and ink. 3.5 stars for Secrets of Paper and Ink!Sophia Barrett, still traumatized from her past, decides to take a break from life in America and put her counseling career on hold, while she travels to Cornwall, England. Seeking a way to bide her time there, she finds room an board at a charming bookstore, and meets the owner, Ginny Rose. Ginny has her own set of woes as she is stru...
  • Susan
    4.5 starsThe Secrets of Paper and Ink is a delightful and heartwarming story. Ms. Harrel has given us three heroines to love. Sophia travels to Cornwall, on a journey of healing and self-discovery. She quickly makes friends with Ginny and her brother-in-law, William. Her discovery of an old journal leads them on a quest to uncover the secrets of its mysterious author, Emily Fairfax. Ms. Harrel masterfully entwines this quest with Sophia's own emo...
  • Toni Shiloh
    I enjoyed The Secrets of Paper and Ink! Following the three ladies in their tales kept the pages turning and my mind engaged as I waited to see how the book would end. I would recommend others read this book.
  • Emilee
    I enjoyed this one! Split story lines are not favorite but I liked the mystery, setting and the characters. The author did a great job telling all 3 stories.
  • Martha
    I don't know that I have read a book that spoke to me as deeply as this one. It is hard to even describe it. I was sitting in a public place, reading and was struggling to hold back tears. For me, that is something that meant it touched me somewhere beyond the surface.I loved the story, both the modern and historical. The author did an incredible job of capturing the novel location, but also the hard topics that she touched on. Domestic Violence,...
  • writer...
    Captivated by historic story of this dual time line novel ... Cornwall setting of bookstore complete with book references adds to the contemporary story's charm
  • Nora St Laurent
    I’m thrilled and tickled when a novel is filled with things I love. This one combines passionate book people, books, bookstores, creativity, caring people and some scenes are at a lovely B & B. I instantly connected with these characters and their situations as each seeks healing and hope in unexpected places.This authors third novel brings together a heart-warming story filled women learning what love is, what being loved looks like, friendshi...
  • Monica
    The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel is my first novel by this author--but I am looking forward to more of her books. This book is a beautiful weaving of the past and present as we read the story of three women's lives. Sophia Barrett is a trained counselor who realizes she needs to face her own pain and past before she can continue to help other women.Ginny Rose is a bookstore owner in England facing her own tough relationship challeng...