Curmudgeonly widowed not-quite-forty bookseller A.J. Fikry receives what at first seems like a magical gift; over the years, the lives of the people he interacts with (grudgingly & then less so) on Alice Island (a stand-in for Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket) unfold, as does his. Everyone is changed by the magical gift for the better, and if they're not, they get what they deserve.
The novel is a bookstore book about booksellers, love, family, learning to be a real person, learning to start over again, and learning that while books and words can be magic, they aren't all the magic out there. Zevin doesn't try to hide the tropes the book is full of; instead, she uses them well & with charm, so that I laughed out loud, cried on cue, and otherwise let my heartstrings be tugged as I wished for my own "magical" bookstore and community of people who would come to know judge me despite my book cover.
Read on my Nook HD+ from B & N ebook store.