The Binder of Lost Stories



The Binder of Lost StoriesFrom International Bestselling Author Cristina Caboni Comes An Exquisite And Engrossing Novel Of Two Women, Centuries Apart, Bound By A Love Of Books And A Longing For Self DiscoveryWith Her Delicate Touch, Sofia Bauer Restores Books To Their Original Splendor In This Art She Finds Refuge From Her Crumbling Marriage And The Feeling That Her Once Vibrant Life Is Slipping Away Then An Antique German Edition Takes Her Breath Away Slipped Covertly Into The Endpapers Is An Intriguing Missive, The First Part Of A Secret From One Bookbinder To AnotherTwo Hundred Years Ago, Clarice Von Harmel Defied The Constraints Of Family And Society To Engage In A Profession Forbidden To Women Within Three Separate Volumes, Clarice Bound Her Own Hidden Story Filled With Pain, Longing, And Love Beyond All Reason A Confession That Now Crosses Centuries To Touch The Heart Of A StrangerWith The Help Of Book Collector Tomaso Leoni, Sofia Connects The Threads Of Clarice S Past, Page By Page, Line By Line, Town By Town She S Determined To Make Clarice S Voice Heard With Each New Revelation, Clarice Is Giving Sofia The Courage To Find Her Own Voice And Hope For The Future She Thought Was Lost

Cristina Caboni lives in the province of Cagliari with her husband and their three children In addition to devoting herself full time to writing, Cristina also works for the family beekeeping business, dealing with the care of queen bees, and also enjoys cultivating a variety of roses The world of perfumes and natural essences has been a passion of Cristina s for a long time Her debut novel, The Secret Ways of Perfume, is a tribute to the connection between scent, memory and emotion, and was a highly acclaimed bestseller in Italy before its publication in English.

Download ☆ The Binder of Lost Stories By Cristina Caboni – Heartforum.co.uk
  • Kindle Edition
  • 266 pages
  • The Binder of Lost Stories
  • Cristina Caboni
  • English
  • 15 August 2019

10 thoughts on “The Binder of Lost Stories

  1. Madeline says:

    I ve seen some other reviewers calling this book sweet, and it really is It is a story of adventure, love, and history, showing us how stories and lives from centuries past still have the power to inspire change in our lives After the discovery of a mysterious letter in an original edition of a philosopher s text from the 1800s, Sofia sets off on a journey to figure out who the writer is, and what her story was Along the way, she finds bravery, courage and love within herself, and learns how I ve seen some other reviewers calling this book sweet, and it really is It is a story of adventure, love, and history, showing us how stories and lives from centuries past still have the power to inspire change in our lives After the discovery of a mysterious letter in an original edition of a philosopher s text from the 1800s, Sofia sets off on a journey to figure out who the writer is, and what her story was Along the way, she finds bravery, courage and love within herself, and learns how to create a better life, inspired by the story she discovers The plot is very uplifting, and this book is a quick read for when you need a bit of positivity and hope in your life My main complaint is that the writing can be a bit jumpy, going from action to action, but I never found it disconcerting While you can easily say that the plot wraps up too nicely, or the main character and her love interest are a little too perfect for each other, this book is still a fun and enjoyable read The story remains heartwarming and indulgent, spinning a tale full of secrets that you slowly get to unravel as the narrative goes on In the end, you ll be charmed by the story and leave satisfied and happy It s a joyful work of historical fiction, and I m glad I got to read it It s a lot of fun, and a reminder to indulge our desires find our happiest selves Thank you to NetgalleyCrossing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This is a book that I d wrap my arms around and snuggle if I could It is one of those books that booklovers will count among their favorites at least I will It is the story of two women in two different time periods Sofia and Clarice Sofia was trained as a bookbinder and encounters a worn and torn old book at a bookstore in Rome that intrigues her She asked the owner if she can take it home and rebind it Of course, the owner agrees And that is the beginning of a wonderful journey in th This is a book that I d wrap my arms around and snuggle if I could It is one of those books that booklovers will count among their favorites at least I will It is the story of two women in two different time periods Sofia and Clarice Sofia was trained as a bookbinder and encounters a worn and torn old book at a bookstore in Rome that intrigues her She asked the owner if she can take it home and rebind it Of course, the owner agrees And that is the beginning of a wonderful journey in the past and present I hope I have intrigued you with the little information I have provided I loved not knowing what was going to happen next I took my time with this book because first, I didn t have a lot of time to read But second, I wanted this book to last Thank you to NetGalley andCrossing for this amazing book It was a pleasure to provide an honest review

  3. Diane Standish says:

    Thanks to Net Galley for the chance to read and review this book As a lover of books, touching them, smelling them, enjoying the artwork and design of covers, this book intrigued me The story is set in Rome in the present time, but also flashes back to early 1800s Munich Sofia has to find herself again, and when visiting a favorite bookstore she s given an old book that needs restoration In the end page she discovers a note from Clarice, written in the 1800s So begins a journey of discovery Thanks to Net Galley for the chance to read and review this book As a lover of books, touching them, smelling them, enjoying the artwork and design of covers, this book intrigued me The story is set in Rome in the present time, but also flashes back to early 1800s Munich Sofia has to find herself again, and when visiting a favorite bookstore she s given an old book that needs restoration In the end page she discovers a note from Clarice, written in the 1800s So begins a journey of discovery, as she feels connected in a deep way to Clarice and is determined to uncover her secret I love stories about books, and this didn t disappoint The process of bookbinding sounds fascinating, And I must say Italy is my favorite setting for books Sofia also finds a friend in Tomaso, who is a graphologist and together they work to find the secret left behind by ClariceI definitely recommend this book

  4. Chris Conley says:

    Another fascinating look at a world apart from the one I know Sofia is a wonderful character.

  5. Linda McCutcheon says:

    First can we acknowledge how perfect a title this is for an historical fiction book I fell in love with this book before I ever read a word The author does not disappoint her readers with this exquisite tale of two women living 200 years apart but sharing a love of books so strong that it dictates the main choices in their lives.Sofia Bauer is at a crosswords in her life and her marriage when she comes across an original copy of the first book in a series of three by a famous author in the 180 First can we acknowledge how perfect a title this is for an historical fiction book I fell in love with this book before I ever read a word The author does not disappoint her readers with this exquisite tale of two women living 200 years apart but sharing a love of books so strong that it dictates the main choices in their lives.Sofia Bauer is at a crosswords in her life and her marriage when she comes across an original copy of the first book in a series of three by a famous author in the 1800s As a restorer of damaged books she hopes to bring this classic back to its original form In the process of her work she discovers a hidden pocket in the cover with a handwritten note by the original book binder Clarice Von Harmel.Clarice s letter puts Sofia on a journey to find the other two original copies of the books in the hopes of findinghidden letters from Clarice It s through this journey that we learn of Clarice s struggles as a young girl during the 19th century She is considered the property of the men in her life whether it be her father, her uncle, or an abusive husband As a child she is befriended by a kind book binder who sees not property but a talented child with a love for books and their adventures He teaches her the art of book binding, and like Sofia, it is her savior during times of hardship.I would like to give kudos to the translator of this book Patricia Hampton Often reading translated books I have found them lacking in translating the essence of the book while just translating the words Ms Hampton brought the essence of this book to life and I never once felt I was reading a book not originally written in english.My only wish was that this book was a little bit longer Without giving anything away I felt the ending of Clarice s story was a bit rushed and I would have liked somedetails about this brave fascinating character.Just a note that there may be a trigger from some regarding domestic abuse It ishinted at than detailed but nonetheless it is a part of the story.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley andCrossing Publishers for a fair and honest review All opinions are my own

  6. Michelle says:

    What a treat I just knew when I started this that it was going to be a special book.I loved it.It was right up my alley Sofia is feeling lost She knows she needs to leave her husband She tried to be everything that he wanted and she lost herself in the process She has to be honest with herself that she s lost everything she cared about in life.One day she wanders into a book store by her grandparents home The owner gives her a book written by one of her favorite authors It s in terrible c What a treat I just knew when I started this that it was going to be a special book.I loved it.It was right up my alley Sofia is feeling lost She knows she needs to leave her husband She tried to be everything that he wanted and she lost herself in the process She has to be honest with herself that she s lost everything she cared about in life.One day she wanders into a book store by her grandparents home The owner gives her a book written by one of her favorite authors It s in terrible condition but Sofia has learned to book bind and is actually well qualified to get the book restored.After Sofia takes the book home, she finds a shocking surprise There is actually a handwritten letter hidden within the book.The owner advises her to contact a man that Sofia has met in passing The man, Tomaso, is a handwriting expert He should be able to help Sofia uncover the details regarding the mysterious letter writer, Clarice.This story leads to an exciting quest for a secret book.I loved it I got to read an early ebook edition from NetGalley Thank you for sharing it with me

  7. Elle at BookBucket says:

    What a lovely story Sofia s life changes when she decides to leave her controlling husband at the same time as an old book by an author she admires comes into her hands She discovers handwritten notes in the margins of the book and a letter hidden in the binding This sets her on a quest to find outabout the author of the notes and letter, with the assistance of Tomaso a graphologist struggling with the consequences of a family betrayal.The story is told in dual timelines through Sofia What a lovely story Sofia s life changes when she decides to leave her controlling husband at the same time as an old book by an author she admires comes into her hands She discovers handwritten notes in the margins of the book and a letter hidden in the binding This sets her on a quest to find outabout the author of the notes and letter, with the assistance of Tomaso a graphologist struggling with the consequences of a family betrayal.The story is told in dual timelines through Sofia as her search for answers helps her to re discover herself, and the writer of the notes and letter, Clarice, is revealed through her letters and flashbacks to the 19th century This was a lovely read with mystery, family dynamics and romance

  8. A Robin Reads says:

    Review first published on my blog I m currently reading The binder of lost stories by Cristina Caboni I got this book from Netgalley and can therefore read it for free, which I m very thankfull for So far I m really loving this Every chapter begins with a quote from another book, this quote plays a part in that chapter, and it s just amazing De maincharacter is lovely as well I m really looking forward to seeing where this will go Maybe this is even going to be a 5 star read I loved thi Review first published on my blog I m currently reading The binder of lost stories by Cristina Caboni I got this book from Netgalley and can therefore read it for free, which I m very thankfull for So far I m really loving this Every chapter begins with a quote from another book, this quote plays a part in that chapter, and it s just amazing De maincharacter is lovely as well I m really looking forward to seeing where this will go Maybe this is even going to be a 5 star read I loved this book It was so great The story was really interesting, well thought out and amazingly written The characters were relatable and I got to know them well I can t explain well why I loved this book so much, because it just made me feel good I gave it 5 stars

  9. Florence says:

    What a romantic story Expect the Italian charm to work at full speed The eventful lives of two heroines got intermingled by books It is the principle of looking at something in the mirror itself reflecting in the other mirror in your back Rest assure, the story is very easy to follow, and the characters to appreciate and remember I am quite certain that, at any point in this package of an original great story wrapped in the amazing descriptions of natural landscapes and life stories, What a romantic story Expect the Italian charm to work at full speed The eventful lives of two heroines got intermingled by books It is the principle of looking at something in the mirror itself reflecting in the other mirror in your back Rest assure, the story is very easy to follow, and the characters to appreciate and remember I am quite certain that, at any point in this package of an original great story wrapped in the amazing descriptions of natural landscapes and life stories, any reader will receive a gift from the book This gift might come from what is happening to the characters or from the story within the story no need to say , this book is a real treasure I am grateful for a copy from the publishers and NetGalley, all opinions are entirely mine

  10. Cydne says:

    This is a book for those who love books Characters relatable and have a depth that I feel is not often captured within a single book During the course of the novel Sophia strives to overcome her fears, re learn who she is, find her own voice, start a new life, and open herself to love Tomaso learns to let go of responsibilities that aren t his and open his life to Sophia Plot intriguing and relatively fast moving Amidst lifechanging events in each of their own lives, the characters travel This is a book for those who love books Characters relatable and have a depth that I feel is not often captured within a single book During the course of the novel Sophia strives to overcome her fears, re learn who she is, find her own voice, start a new life, and open herself to love Tomaso learns to let go of responsibilities that aren t his and open his life to Sophia Plot intriguing and relatively fast moving Amidst lifechanging events in each of their own lives, the characters travel to various cities in search of a set of extremely rare books that contain clues to a unlock a mystery The twist at the end, the nearly immediate depth in Sophia s and Tomaso s relationship, as well as the speed with which they find the rare books, all require a small suspension of disbelief, however it is not too extrem the author took care to establish that seeming coincidences were anything but chance.Format switches between two points of view, Sophia in modern times and Clarice in the early 1800 s There is a notable contrast in pacing, but it fit the different time periods and different experiences of the characters Sophia s story takes place in a matter of weeks, while Clarice s covers years Therefore, I did not find the contrast jarring but, rather, a useful tool of the author that enhanced the experience of the reader.Setting Rome, with trips to Munich, Vienna, and London The beautiful descriptions make me want to plan a trip to Europe, and all the rare booksellers Final thoughts Some of my favorite things were the quotes from other literature at the start of each chapter as well as the references to other literature within the chapters Lovers of classic literature will appreciate these tidbits along with all the great quotes about the power of books and writing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *