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Monday, 30 May 2016

How To Find Love In A Bookshop review

by Veronica Henry

The Blurb
Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for booklovers.
But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous - but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention the loyalty she owes to her customers.

Sarah Basildon, owner of stately pile Peasebrook Manor, has used the book shop as an escape from all her problems in the past few years. But is there more to her visits than meets the eye?
Since messing up his marriage, Jackson asks Emilia for advice on books to read to the son he misses so much. But Jackson has a secret, and is not all he seems...
And there's Thomasina, painfully shy, who runs a pop-up restaurant from her tiny cottage. She has a huge crush on a man she met and then lost in the cookery section, somewhere between Auguste Escoffier and Marco Pierre White. Can she find the courage to admit her true feelings?


I received a copy of this via a GoodReads giveaway so was extremely pleased to read this before its' official release in June 2016

Any book that is set around a bookshop is always high on my 'I need to read that book' list, so the moment I started this I knew i was going to love it!  It is such a warm, comforting read that the reader immediately feels as is if they are settled in the corner of the Nightingale Bookshop watching on as the story unfolds.  

Emilia is the main focus of the story as she struggles to deal with the loss of her father, and struggles to keep his bookshop afloat.  The bookshop has always been a main part of village life in Peasebrook but times are changing, and Julius was never the best at keeping on top of the finances, so the threat of the property developer taking over to demolish the store looms ever closer.

You soon find out that Julius had been part of many peoples' lives and they continue to visit the store and it is fascinating to see the glimpses into their lives too.  There are a wide range of characters that we get introduced to and this adds to the depth of the story as we see happy and sad times for them all and it is amazing how just how comforting the bookshop seems to be to them all.

An absolute delight to read and one of my favourites from Veronica Henry!

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