The Door-to-Door Bookstore: A Novel by Carsten Henn

The Door-to-Door Bookstore: A Novel by Carsten Henn

Title: The Door-to-Door Bookstore: A Novel
Author: Carsten Henn
PublisherHanover Square Press
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult)
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  186
Date of US Publication:  4 July, 2023
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

A lovely and heartwarming short novel about readers, books, friendship, and taking care of one another, The Door-to-Door Bookstore charmed me immensely. The writing is engaging, and I didn’t want to put it down once I started it. 

Carl and the other main characters are wonderful, as you get to know them throughout your reading. 

In spite of some intensely unlikable characters and a few messages that didn't work for me -

* Carl buys wine because of a stressful day, and then decides on two bottles, because extra stress - alcohol as a coping mechanism isn’t a message that personally appeals.

* a young girl is told by Carl that he thinks a schoolmate likes her because he pushed her. This is also a message that doesn't work for me. 

This was a story that I adored and truly enjoyed my time reading it. 


Thank you to Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for the DRC!


The charming international bestseller about an unlikely friendship between an elderly door-to-door bookseller and a nine-year-old girl that changes his life.

Small-town German bookseller Carl Kollhoff delivers his books to special customers in the evening hours after closing time, walking through the picturesque alleys of the city. These people are almost like friends to him, and he is their most important connection to the world.

When Kollhoff unexpectedly loses his job, it takes the power of books and a nine-year-old girl to make them all find the courage to rebuild their bonds with each other.

A bestselling phenomenon internationally, Carsten Henn's 
The Door-to-Door Bookstore is a feel-good novel about books and friendship.


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