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- Print Length: 364 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2016
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019WVTM4W
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Losing myself in Jenny Colgan's beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages.-- "Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author"
With a keen eye for the cinematic, Colgan is a deft mistress of romantic comedy; Nina's story is laced with clever dialogue and scenes set like jewels, just begging to be filmed. A charming, bracingly fresh happily-ever-after tale with playful nods to the Outlander series.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Colgan's latest gently acknowledges the UK's recent library funding problem as well as the new roles libraries are assuming. Scotland is a bonny setting for this funny, winsome novel.-- "Library Journal"
Narrator Lucy Price-Lewis creates a comfortable atmosphere as she brings these characters to life...Price-Lewis moves easily from British accents to Scots brogues. She gives Nina a believable mix of confidence and uncertainty as she finds a new path.-- "AudioFile"
A lovely novel...The plot is believable and is a joy to read...Jenny Colgan thinks outside the box and creates a memorable book.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 stars)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of novels in several series, including the Rosie Hopkins series, Cupcake Cafe series, Little Beach Street Bakery series, and Polly and the Puffin series, as well as numerous stand-alone novels.
Lucy Price-Lewis is an audiobook narrator and voice-over artist who hails from Wiltshire, England. In addition to having narrated over forty audiobooks, she is the director of Chatterbox Audio.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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The main girl and her work struggles and being introverted were relate-able. But I didn't care for either of the guys the she was interested in.
Both are essentially cheating to be with her. The first has a girlfriend and son back home that he fails to mention to her. She blames herself for not asking, which is ridiculous because there was no way for her to know she needed to. He's at fault for pursuing her without telling her. But he gets excused because he's lonely and apparently misunderstood the culture as a foreigner. The second is still married, though separated not yet divorced, at least he's honest about that. But she rightly dislikes him for treating her badly for most of the book, then suddenly realizes he's secretly sweet and cares about her. I'm sick of guys that treat women fairly horribly, but somehow are given a pass because they're socially awkward and don't know how to be polite and kind. Just no. Both of them turned me off badly.
None of the other characters had any real believable depth.
I could feel Nina's dream to have a bookstore so that everyone would always have lots of them to read. Loved her idea of the over-large van with books for everyone of any age. Also have felt the longing many times to move to some place New and find the perfect place preferably near the water and open spaces and feel like I've come home.
So you can see I definitely related to this character. Enjoyed the other characters as well as the descriptions of Scotland. Great storyline and very entertaining. Very good ending.
If you can skim over the first many pages, if you don't quite connect, the story will come together and I believe that you'll really enjoy it. I recommend you read this book.
*Note: There are a few bad typo's in my review which for some reason my Kindle had a mind of its own and despite trying to correct them 3-4 times my Kindle won out because I gave up trying to change them back to what I was typing. My apologies.
The main character, Nina, is a librarian who doesn't have a job as much as a calling. When the library where she works becomes more of a media center, shifting its focus away from books, Nina finds herself questioning her desire to work in this new environment and, quite honestly, whether she would be able to. Can she make the transition to a job that isn't at all what she loves to do? After all the dust settles, Nina's no longer working at the library and must figure out her next step. That ends up being the conversion of an unused van into a bookmobile and finding a more rural setting in Scotland that would greatly benefit from more easy access to books.
I enjoyed this novel quite a bit as it was largely charming - both the setting and the protagonist - and some of the secondary characters where quite enjoyable to read about. Entertaining and an easy read, it was still more than "fluff" which allowed it to keep my interest. The opening pages were very good and I was "all in" for the first half of the book. Some very well written passages and quite a bit of wit early on. I didn't care as much for the second half as it veered off into more of a romance than I typically care for.
The first portion rated 5 stars and the second portion a 3 (due to the romance-y bent) so the average comes out to a 4. I liked it well enough that I will be looking at other books by this author when desiring a fun, light read that is largely uplifting without being sugary sweet.
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I can even see the Love Affair she had with a 'Midnight Train-Driver' passing through. But then she starts a Relationship with the Divorcee Farmer whom she's Renting her Barn Convertion off. Well you can guess the Sickley Sweet ending - which turned to (let me Vomit) Mush !! # I'd love an Author for ONCE to have an ending where - the Girl stays Independent, Single & Happy to be so !!
Having enjoyed Jenny Colgan's work so far as easy reads I preordered the Kindle version before a summary was published. I forgot all about it but was happy when I saw the title in my kindle library. Unfortunately after a couple of sentences I noticed that this is exactly the same book I had already read, apparently published under another title. Why the author chose to do that, I don't know. I feel cheated as I could not get a refund. Very disappointed.
When the branch of the library where Nina is employed is shut down, Nina finds that there isn't much call for librarians in this new social media age. In her search for reinvention, she remembers her dream - a book shop of her own. Following her adventures as she adjusts her expectations to make it happen, you are pulled into her story.
Colgan's characters quickly become your friends and before long you are just as invested in their lives as Nina becomes. Watch the adventure unfold as Nina moves to a new town and painstakingly makes her dream a reality. You won't be able to put it down!
I heartily recommend this great read!
[I received a copy of this book from the author, for an honest review of the book. The opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.]
Also, if you are following the societal issues in Britain, some of them are touched on (deftly, but not ignored)
This is a book that is staying on my bookshelves for a re-read.