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The Bookshop on the Corner (Once in a Lifetime - The Gingerbread Cafe - Book 2.5) (The Bookshop series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Raisin
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Book Description

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

Shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Short Romance Award

From the brilliant author of The Gingerbread Café trilogy don't miss this linked novella to get a sneak-peek at how Damon and Lil are getting on before the next book in the series Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café out now!

The Gingerbread Café trilogy:

Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café

Look out for the new books from Rebecca Raisin coming 2015 - Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm

Praise for Rebecca Raisin

'How I wish this magical little bookshop was around the corner from my house! Brimming with heart, hope, and wisdom, THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER is a wonderful novel about love, life, friendship, romance, books galore, and finding that happy ending.' --Mia March, author of THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB and FINDING COLIN FIRTH

This story couldn't be anymore perfect if it tried. I am in love with Rebecca's characters, the heart-warming connection between them all and the intertwined lives within the tiny town of Ashford. Rebecca, a huge well done to you! The Bookshop On The Corner was remarkable.’ – Becca’s Books (5 cupcakes)

'A delightful little story about love and taking chances' - cayocosta72 on The Bookshop on the Corner

'Wow - loved it, loved it, loved it! … I don't know what I'm going to do whilst waiting for the next book - Christmas is so far away!!' - Crooks on Books on Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe

'This book is sweet & delicious, and I am looking forward to the next in the series as they end all to quickly!' - All Booked Out on Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe

one of my favourite Christmas reads of the year.’ - Books with Bunny on Christmas at the Gingerbread Café

If you are looking for a Christmassy romance then don’t look any further than Rebecca Raisin’s brilliant debut.’ - Bookbabblers on Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

Raisin not only excels in creating a festive mood — the tone of family and friends coming together is sweet — but also portrays a lovely winter wonderland setting, where things are covered in snow...It’s definitely an uplifting read.’ - Sam Still Reading on Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

‘This is a short and incredibly sweet novella that explores a very endearing and unexpected romance. It is definitely one that will make you laugh and warm your heart, and one that can be happily devoured in one sitting.’ - Louisa’s Reviews on Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

If you love Christmas, romance and HEA then you will love this sweet novella.This one gets an A.!’ - Clue Review on Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

Product Details

  • File Size: 2226 KB
  • Publisher: Carina (June 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**

Well, this is the 2nd time this year I have been sucked into the picture perfect Ashford. The quaint town where not only can you find Lil and CeeCee at the Gingerbread Cafe. Supplying the delicious, sweet treats that had me practically drooling on to my iPad last time. Now we get to lose ourselves in Sarah Smiths bookstore. Chocolate and books are pretty much up the top of my favourite things list, so I'm now in my element moving on to Sarah's story.
Stepping in to the Bookstore is like stepping through the wardrobe and finding Narnia beyond the coats. It's another world within the walls of Sarah's Bookstore. Nothing like any Bookstores you find today when trawling shops. These are the magical gems that pop up once in a blue moon. All of the books in Sarah's store say so much. Not only do they tell their tales, they also talk of the people who once owned them. Sarah has an amazing way of knowing so much about a book, she can picture it's life before it was sitting on her shelf.

"Maybe a customer would stumble across one of them today, run a hand lovingly across their covers, before selecting a book that caught their attention. Though my theory was books chose us, and not the other way around."

Just reading about this amazing bookstore with it's perfect setting and timeless inhabitants, would of been enough to keep me going for the entire story, but it's made all the more enticing in the form of Ridge. Just like the most coveted of book heroes. He's gorgeous, charming and incredibly interested in Sarah. Sarah has always been content in her life with her books and their dreamy, romance. She didn't want for anything else, when she had her books to keep her company.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story! June 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Sarah Smith is a friend of Lil, the owner of the Gingerbread Café. She has a bookshop in Ashford. Sarah lives for her romance novels. When she needs some more customers she starts writing a blog and because of it sales start to go up very quickly. Sarah has her wonderful friends Missy, Lil and CeeCee, but something is still missing in her life, love. It might be standing on her doorstep in the form of a journalist named Ridge, but she does need to let him in before anything can happen.

I loved Sarah's Bookshop on the Corner. I could totally picture the place complete with the cozy reading space and all the lovely, fluttering books. Books are meant to be treasured and Sarah's shop brings them wonderful new homes. Sarah is living in her own world, which is filled with romance novels. A lot of book lovers are like her, especially the ones whose whole life evolves around books. That made her very believable and extremely endearing. I love how Rebecca Raisin tells her stories, I could almost see myself walking around in the village and I want to visit the bookshop and the café so badly. The characters are all warm and welcoming. I liked Ridge, the mysterious man who suddenly entered Sarah's life. He's a real romance hero. I appreciated the nice twist at the end as well. Rebecca Raisin's novellas are absolutely fantastic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 22, 2014
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I love Rebecca's ability to make you feel you are in Ashford. She makes you become one with the characters, their loves and their passion for living in a caring and sharing community. I was bought to the oldie world town of Ashford meeting Lil and Cee Cee in Gingerbread Cafe - was hooked and left wanting more of this town and it's people. Then there was Chocolate dreams and the fun of easter - where we first meet Sarah and the love story of Lil and the newcomer Damon. Now Sarah and her book friends had me right there in the dusty store with that cosy reading corner enjoying and developing her bookstore so that not only the local community enjoyed her books but all who have a love of reading. All she wants is a guy like her book boyfriend and along comes Ridge to tick all the boxes and the girls Missy, Lil and Cee Cee give their full approval and encouragement that true romance is not just in her books it can happen in life. Love the twist at the end and am looking forward to more of Ashford and the coming years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a sweet story!! June 20, 2014
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Sarah Smith reminded me a lot of myself. I have always wanted to open a small bookstore and this story has refueled my passion to do so as well as given me a few ideas! I fell in love with the characters and the town and even though it was a short story, I felt the great connections between friends and the welcoming atmosphere when Ridge joined the group. Really made me miss small town life!

I absolutely ADORED this novella and am greatly looking forward to going back and reading the first two Gingerbread Cafe stories (see below for series list)! It is not necessary to read the prior books as this one focuses primarily on a different couple's story.

Thank you to Rebecca for such a sweet story and to CarinaUK for publishing!

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking loved it! <3 <3 <3 July 12, 2014
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Sarah Smith has been living her life, traveling to faraway places and falling in love with handsome men on a daily basis, but all through the books that line her little shop in the small town of Ashford. That’s until Ridge walks into her shop, built like a Harlequin hero and with the banter to match. But Ridge is a big city journalist, and Sarah doesn’t trust his motives.

So. I freaking loved this book. I laughed. I cried. And all in the space of the few hours it took for me to fall in love with Sarah, Ridge and the little town of Ashford. Although short in length, The Bookshop on the Corner is full of all the good things. I was swept away by the colorful cast of characters, delicious romance, the emotional turmoil, and especially Rebecca Raisin’s wicked sense of humor.

This is very much a small town, sweet romance. There’s no sex, but all the sexual tension. It also contains some of the funniest lines I’ve ever read. I absolutely killed myself laughing, for example, when Sarah fell onto Ridge, only to have the following thought:

“Do not lick the man crease — you do not need to taste it.”

^^Officially my favorite line of 2014.

Sarah is my book-soul-sister. I think many readers will relate to her. She’s a bit of a Catherine Morland – lost in her book world and completely unaware that her own adventure is just about to begin. She has a special relationship with the patrons of her shop, understanding the way books can touch people’s hearts, but as her friends keep reminding her, she has to learn to look outside her books… especially if a romance hero turns up on her doorstep.

Ridge might be a big city guy, but his sweetness separates him from the pack of the many traditional heroes no doubt lining Sarah’s own bookshelves at home.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too much of a holiday resd no in depth analysis of characters or relationships
Published 4 months ago by Ines
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this story
I love this story. I think it's the way the books are talked about you can feel every word, I love all books so this book will be a go to book for me loved it!
Published 5 months ago by sonja
3.0 out of 5 stars bit of a raunchy romantic comedy
This was a pleasant enough quick read, but it lacked substance and was way to fanciful for my taste. Just okay.
Published 5 months ago by book lover
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and charming romance!
This is a very sweet and charming romance set around a bookshop. The author has a very engaging writing style, her descriptions of the bookstore conjure up wonderful images (I want... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JES
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful
This was an amazing feel good book. A nice quick read that you wont want to put it down. I know I didn't, until it was completely finished. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is a "feel good" book that makes you want to move to that little town!
Published 8 months ago by Suzanne Anzalotta
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and romantic
This is a really sweet, romantic novella about a born bookworm who finds her hero. I haven't read the rest of the Gingerbread Café series, but this book certainly sets the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Demelza Carlton
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Source: Free copy via NetGalley and Carina UK

I savored The Bookshop on the Corner the way I enjoy chocolate truffles. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Naida M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Easy read with a beautiful story and delightful characters.
Published 9 months ago by Linda Westbury
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan sadly..
I really wanted to like this story, being an adorer of quaint book stores. While the scene was set for an interesting story, the plot and characters where sadly lacking in... Read more
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More About the Author

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

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