The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Oh my goodness THIS BOOK. I am one of those people who absolutely believes in the power of music…. to inspire, to heal, to convey emotions when you are at a loss for words. Music moves me in a way that nothing else does. So when I saw The Music Shop as an option for the January Book of the Month picks, it was a no brainer for me that it would be going in my book box. This book is a gorgeous testament about the power of music to connect us and heal our brokenness. I sat down with it late in the evening and did not move from my spot until I had turned the last page. I underlined and notated all over the pages of this book -- there are so many amazing quotes scattered throughout this charming and lyrical work.
The story begins in the late 80's and centers around Frank, a lonely but kind man whose passion for vinyl records knows no bounds and who has been blessed with the gift of being able to select the exact album that a person needs to listen to at that particular moment in their life. While the rest of the world is taking the leap into the digital age of CDs, Frank stubbornly clings to his vinyl records and the deteriorating neighborhood that he so dearly loves. One morning, a beautiful and mysterious woman enters his store and both their lives are changed forever.
This book just made my heart swell... I loved the wonderfully quirky characters and the timeless message that "where words fail, music speaks" (Hans Christian Anderson). This is a must read for music lovers and for anyone who has ever felt so saddled by their emotional baggage that they can not possibly be loved. ALL THE STARS for The Music Shop.