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.
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?
How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia’s fight to keep her bookshop alive, the customers whose lives she has touched – and the books they all love.
Aaah, in the midst of some darker reading material, How to Find Love in a Book Shop was the perfect remedy – a cozy and comforting feel-good read. And, of course, it’s set in a bookshop, so while English-countryside romantic dramas aren’t usually my thing, this particular novel piqued my interest. Nothing better than a book that celebrates books, am I right?
The book starts out on a rather sad note, with the death of our main character Emilia’s father, owner of ‘Nightingale Books’. It chronicles her struggles to keep the shop open in the midst of financial troubles, personal doubts and persistent property developers. The book also includes perspectives from other characters inhabiting the picturesque town of Peasebrook, from a shy teacher with a crush on a guy she meets in the cookery section to the woman who had an affair with Emilia’s father.
I won’t lie, some things were a little too conveniently tidied up, particularly in the repairing of relationships, uncovering of secrets and lost loves returning, but it’s an entertaining piece of escapist fiction with heart, one that celebrates books and the community of people who love them.
Free copy received from Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review.