This is a love story. It’s the story of a second-hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.
Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends. Or they were. Before Rachel moved away to the sea. Now, she’s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in the sea that he loved.
Rachel loves Henry. Henry loves Amy. Amy loves Amy but is happy for Henry to love her too.
This is a book about books. About the power of literature to cradle our past, present and future selves. It’s about how we leave ourselves behind when we die. How we leave our histories in the things we love – like books.
A hundred million stars! This book is amazing and a fave if you’re looking for beautiful writing plus an amazing contemporary this is it.
Okay so here’s the deal, I could go and summarise the plot of this beautiful book for you but NO because you should just read it and experience it and love it, GO IN BLIND IS WHAT I SAY.
I think we all love a book that can make us feel something, that connects with our inner most thoughts, that has characters so relatable and lovely you can’t help falling for everyone.
So instead of describing the characters or storyline I’m going to try
take note that I say try because it may be impossible to describe the way this book made me feel.
Words in Deep Blue is more than an amazing story and beyond fantastic characters (although it has both in bucket loads) From the first page a sense of sadness, of calm, of emotion just swept over me.
Only a few books have done that for me this year and they are Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. and The Night Circus. The feeling of being transported into another world, a world full of the ocean, musty books and poetry, pop culture references and classics. A world that I could understand, also there are a fair few Aussie authors mentioned and that warmed my heart because we always see US authors mentioned in books and having some Aussies represented just made me feel that more connected to the story.
Words in Deep blue is a story of friendship, loss, family, future altering decisions, laughter, tears. It’s a book that celebrates the love for books and what they mean not only to yourself but everyone else.
It gives you the feeling of picking up a second hand book and seeing that someone has underlined your favourite passage, it’s seeing a spine so cracked that you know that’s a persons favourite book without having to ask, it’s the journey books take us on as well as the one we take ourselves.
“The past is with me; the present is here. The future is unmapped and changeable. Ours for the imagining: spreading out before us. Sunlight filled, deep blue, and the darkness.”
A million stares for this amazing book, Have your read this? Did you love it?
What books do you love based on what they made you feel?