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.
by Greg Kincaidas
series: A Dog Named Christmas
In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail’s first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.
Noelle is a part of a series it is book 3. I also found out that Hallmark made these books into movies? I’m not sure about that but they would make for good Hallmark or Lifetime movies. I enjoyed Noelle and liked the story and enjoyed most of the characters. I didn’t really have all their backstories and all since I haven’t read A Dog Named Christmas, A Christmas Home or the prequel novella Christmas With Tucker. If they are as good as this sweet book I know I would enjoy them. This book works OK as a stand alone but I do think I would have really loved it more if I had read the previous books. I would have been more invested in the McCray family and the town. I did like that the very first pages brings forth a hard to talk about issue of puppy mills. You learn that this is how Todd gets his puppy Elle. The author tackles many heavy subjects besides puppy mills. He tackles unemployment, divorce, alcoholism, and many more real life problems in this little book. If you like sweet stories, stories centered around families and pets or just looking for a good holiday read grab: Noelle as well as Christmas with Tucker, A Dog Named Christmas and A Christmas Home. This is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for some holiday themed books to read over holidays. It will put you in the mood now if only I could have read it while it was snowing outside. 🙂
Thank you Blogging for Books and Random House books for sending me a copy of Noelle. All thoughts and opinions are mine and not influenced by the free book.
by Joy Fielding
You can’t go wrong when it’s a Joy Fielding book. There are a few authors that I know no matter what the books will be great and she is one of those authors. She’s Not There reminds me a lot of the Madeleine McCann case in the beginning. That case I remember so well since I had a 2.5 year old at the time. I couldn’t even imagine what that family went through and still goes through on a day to day basis.
She’s Not There I think did a good job at portraying how the family dynamics fall apart when a tragedy falls on them. I thought each character was developed very well and while I can say I didn’t like some of them I did enjoy reading their stories and how they unfolded. The oldest daughter is exactly how I see a child that is left would act. The story was a page turner and I liked how it kept shifting from present day to year past as the whole story developed. I saw a small part of the ending that happened but I didn’t really see the whole curve ball that was thrown. In all I should have but Joy Fielding did a great job at keeping the reader guessing how they missed some of those clues. I give this one a A and would recommend it for any reader. There is no gore or violence – just a good old suspense story that while might not be exactly ripped from the headlines, most of us will see some similarities.
summary: “I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.”
Carole Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.
The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Carole’s husband, Hunter, convinces her to leave their two young daughters, Michelle and Samantha, alone in their hotel suite while the couple enjoys an anniversary dinner in the restaurant downstairs. But returning afterward, Carole and Hunter make a horrifying discovery: Two-year-old Samantha has vanished without a trace.
What follows are days, weeks, and years of anguish for Carole. She’s tormented by media attention that has branded her a cold, incompetent mother, while she struggles to save her marriage. Carole also has to deal with the demands of her needy elder daughter, Michelle, who is driven to cope in dangerous ways. Through it all, Carole desperately clings to the hope that Samantha will someday be found—only to be stung again and again by cruel reality.
Plunged back into the still-raw heartbreak of her daughter’s disappearance, and the suspicions and inconsistencies surrounding a case long gone cold, Carole doesn’t know whom or what to believe. The only thing she can be sure of is that someone is fiercely determined to hide the truth of what happened to Samantha.
by Herman Koch
Dear Mr M was a first book for me from author Herman Koch. I’ve heard so many great things about The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool. I thought this book sounded really interesting. However for me it just was so-so. I enjoyed it but didn’t feel it was action packed and full of suspense like I thought it would be. Dear Mr M is a slower moving book that does unfold just got to hang in there. I will go back and give Summer House with Swimming Pool and The Dinner a try since I’ve heard so many great things about them. Over all I did recommend it and share it with my neighbor. The story was very complex and well written I rated a solid 3.5 stars. I liked the writing style and the complexity to the story.
Once a celebrated writer, M’s greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. The book was called The Reckoning, and it told the story of Jan Landzaat, a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with Laura, his stunning pupil. Jan was last seen at the holiday cottage where Laura was staying with her new boyfriend. Upon publication, M.’s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.
That was years ago, and now M.’s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him. Why?
thank you blogging for books, Hogarth and Random House for allowing me to read and review Dr Mr M. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.
by Julia Heaberlin
I don’t want to give too much away about this amazing little gem, if you are looking for an edge of your seat thriller than look no further than Black Eyed Susans! Black Eyed Susans is a creepy good book. It had me staying up late many nights because I just has to read just a few more pages. This book is not your typical predictable thriller suspense novel. This book had me going “What did I just read” many times. Watch out book world because Julia Heaberlin is a master of suspense and thrills. She sends the reader on a roller coaster ride full that might just have you jumping at the slightest noise. I know a few times I was so into the book a got scared when my dogs would bark or I’d hear a creak or noise. As soon as I finished Black Eyed Susans I went online to get her other 2 books from my library. Grab a copy on August 11th you’re going to love this book.
summary: A girl’s memory lost in a field of wildflowers.
A killer still spreading seeds.
At seventeen, Tessa became famous for being the only surviving victim of a vicious serial killer. Her testimony puts him on death row. Decades later, a mother herself, she receives a message from a monster who should be in prison. Now, as the execution date rapidly approaches, Tessa is forced to confront a chilling possibility: Did she help convict the wrong man?
thank you netgalley, Random House and Julia Heaberlin for allowing me to read Black Eyed Susans. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.