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A Sea of Stars

 Teenaged. Clinomaniac. Caffeine Addicted. Fangirl. Bibliomaniac. Introverted. 

 

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84, Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff

If it isn't 5 stars, it is very nearly, so I'm rounding up.


What a delightful book this was! Even better, I should think, curled up in an armchair or a window seat with a cup of tea. It has that feel to it.
A letter inquiring about books to be bought led to a friendship spanning two countries and twenty years. And as if that wasn't wonderful enough, the fact that these are real letters between Frank and Helene and all the employees at Marks & Co, as well as a few other friends and family, knocked me over. It is such a short book, it could be read in an afternoon, but it is so full of exactly that kind of love and kinship and camaraderie that we all, or at least I, very much wish to have.

“If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me? I owe it so much.”

I nearly cried when Helene starting sending meat and nylons and eggs to the bookshop during the war and if I'm not careful now, I'll start crying that Helene and Frank were never able to meet in person.

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