Publication Date: Available Now from Orion
Source: Review Copy
Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in Peasebrook, a picture-postcard Cotswold town, is a dream comes true for booklovers. Everyone who enters falls in love with something.
But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open and the developers are circling. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous – but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention her customers, for whom the shop is a comfort, a meeting place, a lifeline.
How to find love in a Bookshop. Not a usual book type for me, its all pretty and stuff. I’m used to dark dastardly people doing dark dastardly deeds or robots going crazy on distant planets. Every now and then though, a more heart warming, down to earth tale can be perfect and this one came along at just such a time – I really enjoyed it.
I mean for a start its set in a bookshop – I spend a LOT of time in those, the theme for this tour is to talk about that so I’ll tell you – my local independant Coles is gorgeous and friendly and I can never set foot in there without buying 6 books or more. Plus they do brilliant signed copies and will send by post, the staff are typically bookish lovely and really welcoming and if they don’t have what you are looking for they will get it for you in record time. And then in my case patiently wait for me to pick it up months later when I remember I asked for it. Really you can’t get better than a local, family run community bookshop. Hopefully you’ve all got one near you – if so give them your support! I find love in a bookshop every time I go in there – book love. The best kind.
Back to this particular story – you might think this is romance heavy but you would be wrong. It is about love yes but not simply about romantic love. The author weaves a tale around a set of characters with the bookshop as the hub – we learn about how it came into being, about the current owner and her struggle to maintain it and about how a community comes together to help out its members in times of need. It is about love in all its forms and is at the same time a beautifully character driven story that tugs on ye olde heartstrings and also makes you smile. I spent one very happy afternoon reading this in the sunshine with plenty of tea and chocolate biscuits and throroughly enjoyed myself.
With realistic characters, a beautifully told story and best of all BOOKS, How to Find love in a Bookshop was a great read. For me a moment of calm within the storm. Recommended.
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