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The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel: Tour, Review, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

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Title: The Secrets of Paper and Ink

Author: Lindsay Harrel

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release date: February 26, 2019

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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 she’s renting. Given her love of all things literary, it seems like the perfect place to find peace.

Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.

More than 150 years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.

The lives of the three women intertwine as each learns the power she has over the story of her life.

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Book Review:

Three women, two timelines, one goal. Sophia, Ginny, and Emily are all in search of something. All three are wounded, deeply hurt by the men they have loved, and all three are looking to find their own worth. All journeys have a beginning and an end, but it is not those places where we find ourselves. It is in the every day, the monotonous, day-by-day living where we learn who we are. Live each day with purpose, not to please others, but to please God.

The Christian aspect in The Secrets of Paper and Ink was very subtle and understated but no less powerful for its lack of in-your-face execution. I prefer subtle as you’ll never win people over by sheer force of will.

While all three women share a similar past, their journeys toward a brighter future are uniquely different. Emily’s writing helped lead Sophia on a journey of self-discovery, encouraging to find her own joy in the process.

The Secrets of Paper and Ink had wonderful prose and the descriptions took me right out to Cornwall as if I was walking the area with my own two feet. The grief, despair, and ultimate healing of all three women was undiluted and powerful in its entirety, leaving nothing out.

While there was romance, it was also understated, leaving room for the true journey of discovering that we are God’s people, and no one can take that from us.

About the Authorlindsay Harrel

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.

Guest Post from Lindsay

With every book I write, it seems God has something new to teach me. That certainly was true of The Secrets of Paper and Ink.

Lately, I am learning more and more about the power of our words. I’ve become more conscious of the words I speak over myself as well as what I say to other people. It’s more than “positive thinking”—the words we say ultimately contribute to the stories we weave, and I want my story to be as positive and hope-filled as possible, regardless of my circumstances.

I’ve also become much more aware of the lies that I tell myself—“you are not worthy, you are not enough, you will never achieve what you want to achieve”—and the need to replace those lies with the truths that God says about me. I have listened to Lauren Daigle’s song You Say on repeat lately, and it has become a theme not just of The Secrets of Paper and Ink, but one in the story of my very life.

So while I may not have experienced everything my characters have—I’ve never suffered emotional abuse, or been ostracized by my family, or been orphaned and alone in a world that seems against me at every turn—I have learned alongside them. I set out to write a book that would draw readers closer to the true healer and hope giver, and I ended up being drawn closer myself.

And that, to me, is the true power of story.

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