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Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop.
Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion... and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.
Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile â?? a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.
From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginning to feel like home... a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
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Nevertheless that doesn't mean romance and scifi and fantasy and murder mysteries aren't entertaining to read. And the adventures of Nina the ex-librarian in an imaginary Scotland as fulfills her romantic dreams with an imaginary Scotsman are pleasant enough. So three stars.
The general plot of the book is Nina is about to lose her job when her small library is closing. Libraries are in a crisis throughout the U.K. with many of them closing so this reflects what is really happening right now. After attending a team building workshop before applying for a new library job she decides to throw caution to the wind and start a mobile bookstore. She travels to the highlands of Scotland and without planning things out buys a rather large van. Which is the start of a new life for her. One she could not have imagined she would have the courage to try.
Without planning it this is the second book that takes place in Scotland I have read this year. The first was a cozy mystery called The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton. That took place in Edinburgh. I liked that this one took place in the small towns in the upper parts of Scotland. The author did a nice job of bringing that way of life and the landscape alive. There is romance which may turn off some male readers. It is PG at best though so no explicit sex. The plot is a bit farfetched and a little convenient on how things work out. Which you will quickly forgive because of how fun the book is and all the quirky characters. It reminded me of a cross between The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George and The Van by Roddy Doyle. It is a shame this doesn't come out until September 20 because it would make a great Summer read.
I listened to an audio version as read by Lucy Price-Lewis who brings the book to life. Nina is far from perfect, in fact she can be a bit of an idiot at times, but she has a big heart, cares about others and loves reading and books. I loved all the bookish references that were strewn throughout the story.
The Bookshop on the Corner is a charming and fun romance about reinventing oneself and finding oneâ€™s purpose in life. It is the perfect escape read for some who loves books and perhaps has dreamed of owning a bookshop of their own. I enjoyed joining Nina on her adventure to find happiness and love.
I thought that this was a fun book to read -- I loved the main character and enjoyed all the problems that she had to solve to get books to the people who wanted to read. It's a great book and I highly recommend it.
Aside from being completely misnamed, "The Bookshop on the Corner" was indeed a quick, light read. ("On the corner" makes the shop sound land based, when in fact, it is in a van, and rides the country side. Also, the actual name of the shop is "The Little Shop of Happy Ever After", which I expect was the original title of the manuscript, but that some editor found too twee, and changed it. I have no problems with changing the book title, but make it fit the book!) The main frustrations I had with it might be because I was reading an ARC. I am in the habit of looking up words I don't know as well as books mentioned which are unfamiliar. In this case, I looked up probably 17 words, two of which I was able to find meanings for. The others, thinking they possibly could be British slang I sent to various British and Scottish friends, who also were stumped. I can only assume I have somewhat unaware friends, or else these are typos that will be corrected before the final publication. As to books, aside from well-knowns, like Harry Potter or Swallows and Amazons, I was also singularly unsuccessful, even using amazon.uk. I sincerely hope there is a glossary of books mentioned for readers who wish to follow-up on interesting sounding books. But as I said, these may be ARC frustrations, and really didn't interfere too much with the telling of the story.
Even with my ARC frustrations, I still enjoyed the book. I'd like to thank the publishers and Library Thing early reviewers program for my copy of the book, and the author for one of the more entertaining Message to Readers.
And then she gets a crazy idea. What would happen if she bought a ramshackle van, loaded it up with books, and set up a portable bookshop?
She does and it's wildly successful and lots of other absurdly
It's not realistic fiction but it's a nice summer read.
Jenny Colgan has written a classic adventure for everyone who loves books, and for anyone who has had to start over and reinvent their life. Warning: there is a tiny bit of colorful language and romantic sexual content. This is the second book Iâ€™ve read by Jenny Colgan and I loved it just as much as Little Beach Street Bakery. Iâ€™m rating it 5 stars for the wonderful characters and an engaging story.
Thanks to HarperCollins and the LibraryThing Early Reviews program for sending me this advance readers copy in exchange for my review.
A very enjoyable read about books and people who love books...what's not
Her latest North American release is The Bookshop on the Corner - and its my new favourite. (Released in Britain as The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After
What makes this latest my favourite? Books, books, and more books and oh yeah, a bookbus!
Jenny's Message to Readers before you even read the first page sets to the tone and stage for booklovers everywhere. Literally - it's a discussion of where to read - bathtub? Bed? Etc. Colgan's humour and warmth leap off the page. Somewhat - no, just like her writing.
Nina Redmond is a librarian in Birmingham England, happy in her job, connecting readers with just the right book. (And reading as much as she can.)
"Helping to match people to the book that would change their life, or make them fall in love, or get over a love affair gone wrong."
Until her library board decides to 'compress library services, become a hub with a multimedia experience zone, a coffee shop and an intersensory experience." Bottom line? Nina is out of a job. Does she dare to bring her dream of a travelling bookshop to fruition?
She does - and the reader is happily along for the ride as she navigates buying a van, finding books, finding a new home, finding herself and maybe, just maybe, finding love.......
Nina is a wonderful character, someone you would absolutely love to count among your friends. The supporting cast is fun and quirky - notably best friend Surinder - and the residents of Kirrinfief, Scotland. And the two (yes, two) romantic interests - lovely as well.
You certainly don't need to be a librarian to love this book (although if my library decides to downsize, I think a travelling bookshop is a splendid dream job.....) If you think you would enjoy a sweet, delightful, heartwarming story punctuated by books, with a lovely helping of romance, then The Bookshop on the Corner is a match for you. I loved this one - five stars for me. I can't wait for Colgan's next book!
Nina is quiet, bookish, and unassertive. She is a fount of knowledge about books but this skill isn't enough to help her make the move to the more technologically focused centralized library. As the move is going on, she must attend training sessions, one of which asks her to look into her heart and figure out what she would do if she wasn't a librarian. The answer surprises her although it doesn't surprise her friend and flatmate, who worries that Nina's ever burgeoning book collection will cause their flat to collapse. It turns out that Nina would like to own a bookshop. Renting premises is impractical and so she sets her heart on a mobile bookshop somewhere that people are in need of books and her skill of connecting people to the right book. When she finds a van online that would be perfect for a mobile bookshop, she hies to rural Scotland to take a chance on her dream. After doubts and road blocks, both internal and external, she lands in Kirrinfief, Scotland, ready to change her life. As she works toward following her dreams and gaining confidence, she finds community and belonging and, embracing actual real life, she starts to live a life outside of the pages of her beloved books.
Nina is a timid mouse of a character who slowly blossoms in the right climate. The secondary characters, Marek, the train conductor/engineer; Lennox, Nina's landlord--a crusty, cynical farmer; Surinder, Nina's best friend from Birmingham who comes to visit; and Ainslee and Ben, the children Nina grows close to in town, are all delightful and appealing. Each of them is not only a fully fleshed character in their own right but each of them shows the reader a new facet of Nina's personality. The story is a charming and sweet romance, with books, between townspeople and a welcome outsider, and between Nina and a good man. Although Nina faces some setbacks and disappointments, these are not dwelt upon nor is the reality of the non-book work (accounting and the like) involved in opening a business really mentioned, giving the novel a dreamy, fairy tale feel. The story is a gentle and joyous look at the good in life and it will appeal to fans of whimsical, feel-good tales, those who love books about bookselling, and those for whom a small Scottish village is their idea of heaven. In short, it appeals to someone very much like me!
After being laid off and in danger of being evicted for her book hoarding. Nina decided she wanted to open her own bookstore. Nina is the type of person that is her own worst enemy and I was yelling at Nina to just go for it, don't give up. Which she wanted to do so many times.
Nina was very lucky to have such good friends, especially Surinder. I was worried she was going to be one of those stereotypical bookish "friend" who is really just a jealous hater but was so glad she wasn't. She pushed Nina to go for her dreams, and to maybe put the books away once in a while and see what life has to offer outside in the real world. I worried she was being a book hater, but she saved it when she made it clear that she has no problem with books, just that maybe it's not all the world has to offer.
Even though I was able to see where the story was heading it didn't deter me from falling in love with the people and Scotland. There was a sweet romance or two, and some drama, and yea that one person to dislike a little bit, but not too much. Nina was very fortunate to have such good friends and to meet such wonderful people. I was so happy and jealous of her at the same time. Nina moved to a small town in Scotland where she started a new chapter of her life and meet the typical quirky small town folk. I was so jealous when she described the scenery, food and people, she made me wish I was the one moving there to start my own glorious adventure.
I thought that this was a fun book to read -- I loved the main character and enjoyed all the problems that she had to solve to get books to the people who wanted to read. This would be a great book for the beach - I highly recommend it.
This was a heartwarming and quick read of a woman who finally decides to take a chance on her future and exchange her dependency on books for real relationships. Though somewhat predictable, I enjoyed the uplifting story and romantic situations, which was a nice change of pace from the darker stories I was reading at the time.