How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Everyone has a story . . . but will they get the happy ending they deserve?
Emilia has just returned to her idyllic Cotswold hometown to rescue the family business. Nightingale Books is a dream come true for book-lovers, but the best stories aren't just within the pages of the books she sells - Emilia's customers have their own tales to tell.
There's the lady of the manor who is hiding a secret close to her heart; the single dad looking for books to share with his son but who isn't quite what he seems; and the desperately shy chef trying to find the courage to talk to her crush . . .
And as for Emilia's story, can she keep the promise she made to her father and save Nightingale Books?
An easy uncomplicated read, perfect for holiday or a winter read by the fire side.
Nestling in the town of Peasbrook in the countryside of the Cotswold's is Nightingale Bookshop and oldie worldie establishment which seems to have been caught up in time. From the minute the reader crosses the threashold it seems as if they are transported into a haven of charm and and endless possibilities. We start the book in a way at the end at least the end of a chapter of its' life when the owner has died and his daughter has inherited her 'home' in the bookshop. Julias having no other surviving family relative leaves his daughter the bookshop that she had grown up in and she travels back to the Cotswolds to take ownership. She is fiercely determined that she will keep it running which she knows would have been her fathers' intention but finds that its not as easy as she might have thought. With mountain debts and unpaid bills (her father really didn't have a business brain and so long as he could pay the staff and have a modest living he was happy to muddle along) Emilia is left with the heavy responsibility of paying off the debts if she is to keep the shop running.
The residents of Peasbrook and lots of regular customers to the shop have looked on Nightingale Books as a kind of therapy place, somewhere they could meet with Julias and tell their troubles to and Julias in turn would listen, provide countless cups of tea and was never short on good advice. The residents therefore were very fond of him and some miss him much more than others. They all want the book shop to remain open as much for his memory as for a place they can go to escape, in the pages of a book, from all their problems and troubles. As the story unfolds the lives of some of the residents seem to intertwine to bring this story to life.
You can really 'feel' the place, and picture as you are reading what it looks like, an enchanting place, safe, comforting and always there. I found the descriptive passages lovely and an extension to what I already imagined the shop looked like. I liked Emilia and all the characters in the book and although the story held no surprises for me it was well written, entertaining and believable.
Lovely indulgent read and worth investing the time - I would give this 4 stars, it would have got a 5 star rating but it was so predictable and there were no surprises or twists which would have made it just perfect. However still a 'feel good' factor book that gives a nice cosy glow when you're finished.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.