84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Hardcover: 97 pages
Publisher: Moyer Bell and its subsidiaries; 1 edition (July 2, 2007)
It all began with a letter inquiring about secondhand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the staid and proper Frank Doel of Marks & Company, a relationship blossoms into a warm, charming, feisty love affair.
When Diane posted a review of this book it jogged my memory that this book was on my tbr list, so I decided to find a copy. Thankfully my library had the hardcover.
I loved that the book is based on letters about books. Even though Helene and Frank have very different personalities, they clicked and their relationship grew into a friendship, which grew into so much more. Helen had a fun, sassy personality, Frank was much more proper, but that made for some great letters.
The letters span 20 years, from 1949-1969 and kept me wanting to read. I felt many emotions while reading this book and felt as if I really knew Helene and Frank. I wasn’t expecting the book to end like it did and I’m still thinking about it.
The book is a short read but made a big impact one me. Now I want to watch the movie and check into other books by Hanff.