A book is the one thing, the one product, that is forever new.

Deborah Meyler, “The Bookstore”

Welcome to A Novel Escape!

This quaint bookshop, formerly known as Millie’s Used Books and nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, has been a fixture of the Franklin community for almost 13 years. In 2019 the store was purchased by Liz DeWandeler, who continues the legacy of the shop with great care and love for all who enter.

A Novel Escape has the largest selection of used books in western North Carolina. In addition to over 20,000 books, you will also find a robust children’s section, puzzles, DVD movies, audiobooks on CD, and vintage collectible books.

We love what we do, and we love our customers! Stop by to meet Liz and her Golden Retriever Brody, and find escape in a great book!

Trade-In Policy

We are happy to accept your gently used books for store credit. Click here to read our policy!

Events (currently cancelled)

We get excited about seeing your smiling faces at our special events! Click here to see the calendar and get info about upcoming events.

Shop Online

We have several options for you to find the books you want while still supporting our small business! Click here to find links to our online sources.

Excellent used book store. Large variety with many like new hard back books at outstanding prices.


Marvelous used book store in Franklin. Huge selection and highly organized. Give yourself plenty of time, lots to see.



A place to find literary treasures in beautiful Franklin, North Carolina!

Get in Touch

Let us know what books you are looking for – we are happy to find them for you!

Sign up for our newsletter! Subscribers get a coupon on their birthday, and we promise to only send semi-monthly news!

Success! You're on the list.

Opening Hours

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started