by Veronica Henry
The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart
Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive. There’s Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage—she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings. Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future—and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.
How To Find Love in a Bookshop was such a charming book. I feel in love with the book, writing and characters. This was just a feel good book that sometimes you need as a reader. I had just read a pretty heavy thriller and needed some fun chick lit. I loved how I instantly liked Julius, it starts off with him passing away and Emilia taking on his bookshop and promising him she would keep it open. The author gives us a glimpse of the love story of Julius and Rebecca – Emilia’s parents. I really liked Rebecca and they were so perfect for each other, love at first sight and a sweet love story. The book doesn’t just focus on Emilia and the others who were close to Julius that helped him with the bookshop. Peasebrook England is the backdrop of the book and the book focus’ on the whole little town. After reading How to Find Love in a Bookshop I want to walk around Peasebrook and see if all the sights she talked about are really there. English countryside seems like a place I would love. In my town we use to have our own version of Nightingale Books. I loved that shop and would go there weekly that weeks book to read. I’d get my now high school-er a picture book then we’d go next door to the little coffee shop for a London Fog, hot cocoa and dessert. It was our little outing and I was so sad when it closed. This book brought back all those memories and while I like taking my girls to BN and the BN cafe it’s not the same as a quaint little bookshop where you get to know the people who work there and they become book friends. I knew I’d love this book I mean a book about a bookshop and book lovers set in England – win, win, win. I really enjoyed Veronica Henry’s writing style and will look into reading more of her books in the future.
Thank you Blogging for Books and Pamela Dorman Books for sending me a copy of How to Find Love in a Bookshop. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.