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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue

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"Henry and Rachel were best friends once. Rachel had a huge crush on Henry, but that was before she moved away, before her brother Cal drowned. Now, Henry works in his father's bookstore, Howling Books, with the famous 'letter library', a section of the shop where customers are encouraged to circle words and leave love letters inside their favourite books.

"When Rachel returns from by the sea, the place that took her brother, she starts working beside Henry. At the book shop, she must gain strength from the bond she shares with Henry - and from the written word. Bit by bit, Rachel realises that to build a future, she must look to the words people have left behind."

In Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley explores a sweet and original idea that anyone who enjoys reading will enjoy. The romance felt really organic and cute, so I couldn’t help but root for Henry and Rachel to end up together.

The story also deals with the effects of grief, which I connected with very strongly. This added another poignant layer to a beautiful, subtle firework of a book.

Words in Deep Blue is absolutely brilliant. I really enjoyed this emotive, charming love letter to books and bookish culture.