Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase

By Louise Waters

4 out of 5 stars

Roberta works in a bookstore that houses old and new books. She loves the little tokens and letters she finds stuffed in many of them. The treasures start each chapter that is in Roberta’s voice. When she gets some of her Babunia’s (grandmother in Polish) belongings from her ailing father, she finds a letter from her grandfather to her grandmother talking about a child from someone else.

Dorothy has dreamed of having a child, and after many miscarriages and a stillbirth, she thinks it’s impossible. Her husband Albert is off to war and that’s okay with Dorothy. Their marriage is not what she had hoped for. Enter Polish squadron leader Jan Pietrykowski, Dorothy falls in love with everything about him and he falls for her. But things happen and Dorothy has to make a decision that Jan doesn’t agree with.

As Roberta tries to uncover what her grandmother’s secret could be, she also works through feelings she has for her boss and what she sees her life becoming. Dorothy is in a home and her memory is fading quickly. Will Roberta find what she’s looking for?

This is such a lovely, lovely book. My heart smiled at the ending and I will not give away why. The characters of Dorothy and Roberta were so alike and written as such strong women. I loved the alternating chapters (though sometimes there were more than one chapter on a character’s story) and like I said earlier, I loved how the little notes found in the books were used. This is more than just an ordinary love story. It’s written with such love for her characters.  Well done, Louise Walters.

I happily received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

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