Recommended By Guest Contributor

Recommended By Guest Contributor

It's been a while since I savored a book like this. I loved everything about it, but especially the small bookstore setting. There is something about leaving a stressful job to take over a bookshop and the apartment above it that just speaks to me on some basic level, so I was always going to love this book. But it became so much more than that with the wonderful, three-dimensional characters. I loved John for his understandable, if not very noble reaction to the homeless guy in his store at first, because it felt real. The way he grows as a person thanks to David is a lovely journey I wouldn't want you to miss out on. Highly recommended read. [August 2014]


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John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he's encountered one problem.

'The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a 'sea change'… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…'

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can't resign from the job he's fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year's leave of absence won't interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner's son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn't expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John's plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.


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