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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The English Bookshop by Janis Wildy

The plot:  Five years ago, Lucy made a promise to her dying stepfather that she would keep the family business going. But Wellslept Mattress is losing money. And her brother, Aaron, and her mother both want to sell. Only Lucy can't give up on that promise she made. Then she gets a letter from England that offers her some hope. It seems her biological father, Brian Baslow, recently died and left one-third of his business and property to her in his will. If she can convince the other two heirs to sell, she just might get the money she needs to save Wellslept. Only Baslow's Bookshop is charming as is the small English village of Wakeby where its located. And everyone in Wakeby is so welcoming and kind. And she likes Sam Burke, the single (and handsome!) manager of the bookstore. And she doesn't like Brian's wife's, Maura's, plan to sell the bookstore to greedy developers. But she really needs the money! What's a girl to do?   

My thoughts:  There are so many things to love about this book! There's a bookshop, and a dog named Barley. Wakeby is a quaint village full of genuine people who quickly befriend Lucy because of who her father was. I liked them, and I liked Lucy and sympathized with her as she struggled to deal with the death of a father she never really knew while trying to figure out how to save her family business back home in Seattle without destroying his bookshop. And I really liked her relationship with Sam. Theirs is a cute romance. Is this book predictable? Yes. Did I mind? No. I just enjoyed the happy ending. 

Happy Reading!

 


36 comments:

  1. What a lovely book to get lost in — it gives me the warm fuzzies ❤️ - Verushka @ Pop. Edit. Lit.

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    1. It is a lovely little read if you love bookshops, friendships, and romance. :)

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  2. There seem to be so many books out there about bookshops. I suppose it's because writers know us readers can't resist them!

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    1. I know I find books like this irresistible! :D

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  3. This sounds so sweet! I'm going to have to track down a copy.

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    1. Hope you can find one. It's certainly worth reading. :)

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  4. Sometimes predictable is good in an unpredictable world.

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    1. I don't mind predictable when the ending also makes me happy. And this one certainly did. :)

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  5. Ooooh, another book about bookshops. Yaaaay!!!

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    1. That's how I feel about books like this! :D

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  6. Great review, love books about bookshops :)

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  7. I agree with others, books that have books and bookshops or libraries are always nice.

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    1. They tend to be some of my favorite books to read. :)

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  8. Sounds wonderful. Like a comfort read. And I want to move to an English village with a quaint little bookshop too!

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    1. I'd love to live in an English village with a quaint bookshop, too! It sounds like such a nice dream. :)

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  9. I'm a sucker for bookshop stories particularly if the shop is in a quaint village. :)

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    1. I'm a sucker for these kinds of novels, too. Bookshops just seem to make books better. :)

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  10. A dog named Barley? How cute! And Wakeby sounds like such a charming village. :)

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  11. Love the bookish theme. Plus, it sounds like a fun read. :)

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    1. It's a fun light-hearted summer read. :)

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  12. I often take comfort in a book that I can predict what's coming next in. I've been reading some more challenging books lately, so a predictable/enjoyable fun book is on deck soon.

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    1. You can't read thrillers all the time. At least I can't. Every once in awhile I need a book like this one. :)

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  13. I love the setting and like you find comfort in the familiar. Great review!

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    1. It is a very fun setting! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  14. A bookshop, a village, a dog - whats not to like.

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  15. Sometimes a cute romance is all I need and this sounds like a good one!

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    1. It was fun, and it features a bookshop and a cute dog. What more do you need?

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  16. Sounds very sweet! I love books that center around bookshops.

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  17. Yeah save the bookshop before the mattress biz!

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