Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review: "How to Find Love in a Bookshop" by Veronica Henry

About the Book:
Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers -- a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father's death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's regulars have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.

There's Sarah, owner of stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years; now it seems there's a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage, has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but she can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings.

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future -- and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable community whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

My Thoughts:
One of the bright spots of going through Hurricane Irma was that I had plenty of time to read, and I was thrilled to find that How to Find Love in a Bookshop was the perfect distraction during that time. I loved all of the flawed but endearing villagers, who were all working out various problems in their lives. In addition to those mentioned in the summary above, we meet Sarah's daughter, Alice, who is engaged to a man that nobody seems to like. We also meet Dillon, who works for Sarah, and has always had a crush on Alice but never felt he was good enough for her. And then there's Emilia's friend, Andrea, who's helping her sort out the sorry state of the bookstore's finances, and Marlowe, a talented musician, who has caught Emilia's eye, but he's with somebody else. Finally, we get to know Bea, who is living the life she always dreamed of as a stay-at-home mom -- and hates it. This community of people bonds over their shared loved for Emilia's late father and supports each other through times of trouble -- kind of like what's happening now after the hurricane. Veronica Henry is a new favorite author for me, and I am excited to read more of her delightful books!

About the Author:
Veronica Henry worked as a scriptwriter before turning to fiction. A winner of the Romantic Novelists' Association's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, Henry lives with her family in a village in North Devon, England.

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