The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on September 20, 2016 (originally published February 11, 2016)
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance, women’s fiction
Format & Length: e-book, 368
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Nina Redmond 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—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.
When I first found The Bookshop on the Corner, it sounded like it would be right up my alley. After putting it on my wishlist I didn’t think about it much as I was trying to read through all the books I actually own. But then I found the nook version available for $1.99 and purchased it immediately. And it continued to sit on my digital bookshelf for a while as I had a LOT of books that I’d purchased but hadn’t read yet. Recently I was in the mood for a good book about books and this certainly seemed to fit the bill, so I decided to jump in!
“After all, it was okay, wasn’t it? To love books and love your job and live life like that? Nice, cozy. Routine.”
And I’m so glad that I did! This story follows Nina, a librarian who loses her job and goes out in search of her dream to spend her days connecting readers to the books they will love. Nina’s character was utterly relatable and I thoroughly enjoyed following her journey. And as a self proclaimed book lover, I loved how much of the story focused on the books themselves.
The plot of The Bookshop on the Corner was straightforward and fairly easy to predict, becoming more romance heavy toward the end. I personally would have preferred the focus to remain more on Nina’s bookshop and less on the romance, but it was entertaining nonetheless. Jenny Colgan’s writing style worked extremely well for this genre, flowing easily for a charming and engaging reading experience. In fact, on several occasions I found myself disappointed that I had to put this book down to focus on real life.
In the end, The Bookshop on the Corner was a lighthearted and fun read with a solid message. This would make a great beach read for fans of books about books and feel-good women’s fiction. Bonus if you read on nook or kindle – it’s available in both formats for $1.99 now!