Title: The Bookshop on the Corner
Author: Jenny Colgan
First line: The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things.
The protagonist: Nina Redmond, a shy 29-year-old single librarian who describes herself as "the quiet one, on the sidelines, observing things through the medium of the novels she loved to read." Her world consists of books, and more books. But then they close her library and Nina has no idea what she's going to do next. Unless she opens up her own small bookshop in an old converted van...
My thoughts: This is a novel about books and reading, and daring to follow your dreams, AND it's set in Scotland where the men are 'boys' and the women are 'lasses'. What's not to love? I've never read Jenny Colgan before, but I'd definitely read her again. This book is a delight, from Nina's early mishaps driving the van, to the slightly motley yet oddly engaging assortment of characters she meets along the way, to her own unexpected romance. There's even a dog named Parsley. The whole thing is a lot of fun. In fact, I think I'd happily live in this book if I could. I didn't even mind the predictable bits. I just lost myself in the Scottish landscape and enjoyed each and every page. So, if you like bookshops and happy endings, give this one a try.
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This one sounds delightful. It's the second good review I've seen for it. I'll have to get my hands on it.ReplyDelete
Do! It's such a fun read. (And it would make a perfect Christmas present for anyone who loves books and happy endings.)Delete
I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I really want to read it. It sounds like such fun. I love books set in Scotland.ReplyDelete
Me, too! I should do a list some time of books with Scottish settings. :)Delete
This sounds fascinating and I love that first line. Will keep this book in mind. Thanks for sharing, Lark! :)ReplyDelete
What are blogging friends for? :pDelete
Ohh that sounds like a fun read! And what a great opening line. I'll be looking out for this one for my 2017 TBR.ReplyDelete
I hope you get a chance to read it...and that you enjoy it as much as I did. :)Delete
Another one for the list!ReplyDelete
The ever-growing, neverending infinite list! :DDelete
Oh, my... That first line is perfection!ReplyDelete
Isn't it? And the rest of the book is equally good. :)Delete