An enchanting story that will wrap itself around you.
In The Emporium of Imagination, Tabitha Bird has woven an enchanting story of magical realism.
The Emporium of Imagination is about Earlatidge Hubert Umbray (a most magical name) who one day arrives in the town. He is the custodian of The Emporium of Imagination, a shop which travels the world offering gifts to people who may not even know they needed them. But the Emporium is magic and appears where and when it is needed most. The people of this town definitely need the magic of the Emporium, but Earlatidge Hubert Umbray is also on a time sensitive mission …. to find the new custodian of the Emporium, as he is dying.
The people we meet along the way all have secrets, regrets
This is a story that wraps around you as you read. You can feel the comfort in the words. It is a story of grief and hope and family and community. The Emporium of Imagination is an easy read and difficult to put down. The chapters are not too long and it is very easy to think, “I’ll just read one more”. The story is broken into 21 days: the number of days Earlatidge has left of his life. The reader may find themselves willing the days to slow down, just to make the story last a bit longer.
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Tabitha Bird has the ability to write uplifting stories that can also heal. The reader needs to suspend their belief for a moment and just let the story settle around them. It would be a lovely book to read when curled up on the sofa.
If you are a fan of her first novel, this one will not disappoint. If this is your first book written by Tabitha Bird, you will want to read more.
Reviewed by Sue Mauger
Distributed by: Penguin Random House
Released: 30 March 2021