Title: How to Find Love in a Bookshop
Author: Veronica Henry
Publish Date: August 15, 2017
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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.
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.
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."
My Two Cents:
"How to Find Love in a Bookshop" is a multi-layered story that centers on a bookstore in a small English town. First we have the story of Julian and Rebecca and it is a whirlwind romance that took my breath away. Then there is the story of Julian's daughter, Emilia, who inherits the bookstore when her beloved father passes away and she isn't sure that she will be able to do everything that she needs to do in order to keep the bookstore afloat. This book is the perfect book for when your heart needs a little squeeze.
I love the characters in this book! The romance between Julian and Rebecca is so amazing and so passionate! I loved seeing how Emilia deals with trying to make a new life for herself when so much of who she is and what she does seems to have been tied up with her father who did everything he could for her. Then you have all of the secondary characters like Sarah, who is trying to put things together for herself after a lot of friction.
There is something magical about books set in and around bookstores. Sure, being a reader, I love a good bookstore and Nightingale Books seems just like the kind of place that I would like to while away communing among the books. While much of the action is driven by the characters, the bookstore and the descriptions of what it's like factor heavily into this book. The bookstore almost felt like another character in the book. This book is definitely geared for those that believe in the magic of bookstores!