I found The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson an interesting concept. Kitty Miller owns Sister’s Bookshop with her best friend Frieda Green. The two women are both single, in their forties and consider themselves sisters. Kitty’s life seems to be going okay. But then she goes to sleep and it’s like she is living a different life.
In her dreams, Kitty is living the life she wishes she had. She is married to Lars Andersson and they have three children. She no longer owns the bookshop and is a stay-at-home Mom. In her dreams she is no longer Kitty, everyone calls her Katharyn. The dreams feel very real to Kitty.
Set in 1963, Kitty’s life and dreams are happening only a few months apart. Now every time Kitty goes to sleep she is in the alternate life and can’t decide which is better, her real life or dream life. But the real question to be asked, is her life her real life or are her dreams her real life?
Swanson does a great job of going back and forth between the dream world and the real world. Both are very convincing as Kitty’s actual world. I had a hard time trying to decide which life I wanted Kitty to actually live in. Both seemed good for her but there were little things in each life that she would have to give up that I didn’t want to see her give up because I knew it would only mean heartache for her.
This was beautifully written and took me on a journey that made me think about what would happen in one’s life if one encounter had a different outcome. Would it change your entire life or just a small portion? Find out how Kitty’s life is changed by just a few seconds.
The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams
Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . .
Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.
Then the dreams begin.
Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps.
Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?
As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat