What would a man who is married to a former librarian and a current bookseller read? Cooking the Books was a great choice.
I could sum up the themes found in this book in three words: Brokeness, Boundaries, and Books
Sloan Templeton had unwillingly inherited her mother's bookstore and the building in which it was housed. But she also had to deal with valuable books and an aunt that cooks - sort of. Actually, I would be scared to death to eat any of Aunt Verlene's food; which, truth be told, is hardly fit for her cats.
In the midst of dealing with the unwanted store, she had to deal with murders, gang members, and rediscovering her own faith. It was a story I could not put down, I laughed, and I hurt as Sloan found her way through life. It was a story I would recommend for a leisurely read on the beach or on the train (where I found myself reading it).