The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books—the only
bookstore on Alice Island—has already lost his wife. Now his most prized
possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most
embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go.
One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his
children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: “I want
Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such
kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.” A
search for Maya’s mother, A. J.’s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues,
but it doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both
bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet
eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous
journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky
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