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The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird – Tour Stop & ARC Review

EMPORIUM

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  30 March 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Australia

Pages: 337

Today is my tour stop for The Emporium of Imagination, thanks to @readthebooktours and Tabitha Bird!

Blurb 

Welcome to The Emporium of Imagination, a most unusual shop that travels the world offering vintage gifts to repair broken dreams and extraordinary phones to contact lost loved ones.

But, on arrival in the tiny township of Boonah, the store’s long-time custodian, Earlatidge Hubert Umbray, makes a shocking realisation. He is dying . . .

The clock is now ticking to find his replacement, because the people of Boonah are clearly in need of some restorative magic.

Like Enoch Rayne – a heartbroken ten-year-old boy mourning the loss of his father, while nurturing a guilty secret.

Like Ann Harlow, who has come to the town to be close to her dying grandmother. Though it’s Enoch’s father who dominates her thoughts – and regrets . . .

Even Earlatidge in his final days will experience the store as never before – and have the chance to face up to his own tragedy . . .

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Review

Thank you to Author Tabitha Bird for providing me with a copy of this book, together with the most incredible VIP package I’ve ever received!

Earlatidge has been the custodian of a magical shop, that pops up in different places, for almost ten years.  Now it’s time for him to find a new custodian to run the shop, but it has to be just the right person.  The Emporium of Imagination, as well as giving its customers incredible experiences and taking them back to special memories, has a unique purpose.  To give those who have grief in their heart the opportunity to have that conversation they never had, to fulfil that dream that passed them by, to talk once again to their loved ones and tell them what they always wanted to say.

This book was EVERYTHING.  Magical, heartbreaking, funny and thought provoking.  Honestly, after reading both of Tabitha Bird’s books, I am quite sure she could turn a shopping list into a magical experience I’d never want to end.  I fell in love with so many characters and empathised with their individual pain.  The existence of the special book, The Owner’s Guide to Grieving, in The Emporium of Imagination is something I wished I could pull out of the book and call into being in the real world.  I don’t want to say too much about it, because the beauty of it is best experienced for the first time, but in a world where people are often afraid to share their grief, The Owner’s Guide to Grieving would be a very special thing.

A whimsical, magical and emotional read that deals so well with the rollercoaster of grief, I honestly want to put The Emporium of Imagination in front of everyone!

My personal entry to The Owner’s Guide to Grieving:

Hey Dean, that was a stupid fight we had.  Why did we waste the entire last two years of your life not speaking to each other?  Over that?  It wasn’t worth it.  I miss watching The Doors together.  I miss all our inside jokes.  It took years to stop thinking that I couldn’t wait to tell you about something that had happened.  It’s been 24 years now and I still miss you.  I wish The Emporium of Imagination was real, so I could tell you how much I really didn’t care about our fight, I just didn’t know how to tell you.  I always have to have the last word, but I couldn’t seem to make myself have the first one when it really mattered.

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