I’m so excited! Welcome to my spot on the book tour for Lost Coast Literary by Ellie Alexander. Thanks to Digital Reads PR for my spot on the tour. Read on for more info and my review.
Book editor Emily Bryant finds herself unexpectedly in the charming town of Cascata on California’s Lost Coast, holding the keys to her grandmother’s rambling Victorian mansion. While sorting through her grandmother’s things, Emily learns that she must edit old manuscripts to inherit the estate. It’s a strange request from a family member who was basically a stranger.
Emily quickly realizes that there’s something different about these manuscripts. Any changes she makes come true. At first, she embraces the gift. She has a chance to help characters find true love or chart a new course for their future. But then things go terribly wrong. Her edits have the opposite effect. The sweet and funky seaside community of Cascata is reeling from the chaos Emily has created. Everything she thought she believed about her family and her past is in jeopardy, and no amount of editing can fix the damage she’s done.
Then she finds one last manuscript. If Emily can get this edit right, maybe she’ll have a chance to create a new narrative for herself and everyone around her.
The cover and the blurb of Lost Coast Literary by Ellie Alexander drew me in when I recieved the tour invite. As a writer, editor, and book lover I absolutely couldn’t wait to read this…
…And guess what?
Ahem… excuse me. I got a little over excited. I’ll actually review the book now.
If you’re a book lover like myself, you’re going to love this book. It’s a beautiful mix of magic and realisim and I’ve honestly never read a plot like this. I was drawn in from the first page and I couldn’t put this down.
Ellie Alexander’s writing is magic. That’s the best way I can describe it. She writes and weaves this beautiful world that draws the reader in. I felt as though I was part of the story. I read to take myself out of this world, and Lost Coast Literary did just that for me.
Emily is a fantastic main character. She’s absolutely relatable and she finds herself in this amazing but also concerning predicament where she needs to make her decisions carefully.
I could keep going on and on, screaming from the roof tops that this is the ultimate book lover’s read, but I think you should be the judge of that for yourself. That means I need to stop typing and you need to get to reading!
If you couldn’t guess, this is a five star read for me. Highly, recommended. I mean, highly, highly, highly… okay, okay, I’m stopping now.
Thank you to Digital Reads PR for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Don’t go there, Emily. I reached for my bag and pulled out my worn copy of Bridge to Terabithia and one of my favorite purple pencils. I felt a familiar calm return to my body as I crossed out a line and made a new note in the margin. Editing centered me. I had re-edited this copy many times, but it didn’t stop me from trying to find new ways to manipulate the story.
“You can’t do that,” the egg salad woman peered over my shoulder, invading my personal space. She looked as if she was ready to swipe the pencil out of my hand. “You can’t write in a book.”
“Yes, I can. It’s my book.” What I didn’t tell her was that I had been re-writing book endings for as long as I could remember. It had become a hobby of sorts or depending on interpretation an obsession. Mom used to say that there was no reason to settle for an ending you didn’t like. After she died creating new endings had become my last point of connection with her. She would have agreed that there was no reason for Leslie Burke to die in Bridge to Terabithia. Instead of drowning in the creek, she could have swum to safety or been rescued. I refused to accept that books, even the most revered literary works, couldn’t be altered and improved upon.
Ellie Alexander is a voracious storyteller and a lover of words and all things bookish. She believes that stories have the ability to transport and transform us. With over twenty-six published novels and counting, her goal is to tell stories that provide points of connection, escape, and understanding.
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