Lost Coast Literary
|Queen Anne Victorian in Arcata, California|
|Downtown Arcata, California|
Lost Coast Literary is a story for booklovers. There are numerous book references throughout the book. I found this to be an interesting story. It is well-written with a good flow. The author provided good descriptions that allowed me to visualize the town with its quirky shops and the beautiful Queen Anne Victorians. Most of the time the author managed to strike a balance between too much detail and too little. There are some instances when extra details were not needed (detailed descriptions of people’s clothing and the specific name of each flower). There are a variety of secondary characters in the story. I liked Emily’s paternal family, especially Shay. The paranormal element was intriguing. I wish we had gotten to learn more about it. I felt like we just scratched the surface. The ending seemed rushed and incomplete. I did not understand the author’s need to introduce a love interest for Emily late in the story. It was an unnecessary addition and did nothing to enhance the story. I found myself baffled at times by Emily. Her dream job is to be an editor with her own clients. She inherits Lost Coast Literary which is an established agency with clients. She could be her own boss and get published the type of books she wants (like the manuscript she tried to pitch to her bosses in New York). I thought she would jump at the chance instead of returning to the cramped New York apartment and being an assistant editor. There is repetition of information in the story (especially regarding the inheritance, dream job, size of her New York apartment, paternal family abandoning her, dad not providing details on rift) and a smattering of foul language. I enjoyed reading Lost Coast Literary. I cannot help but love a story that features books. I would love to inherit The Ballad (Gertrude’s Victorian home). Lost Coast Literary is a bibliophile delight with an unanticipated inheritance, a venerable Victorian, a distraught relative, a wonky will, a reticent father, mystifying manuscripts, peculiar coincidences, and missing memories.
|Pub in Arcata, California|
The Avid Reader
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