- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062467255
- ISBN-13: 978-0062467256
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (430 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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.
About the Author
Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.
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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Nina is a librarian whose library is downsizing and going digital. She brings carloads of excessed library books home every night after work. What will she do with these books? What will be her next job? She goes to Scotland to look at a van for sale in the hopes of starting a mobile book shop. Will a job be all she finds or will she find romance and a place to call home? This was a good, quick read with aspects of romance and humor in, as well as homage to books that bibliophiles will love.
This is a perfect easy read. Heartwarming with a clear message, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And the main characters love of books really shines through, which as a book-obsessed person myself, I could completely identify with.
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.
Forced to step out of her comfort zone, Nina travels to Scotland, buys an old van, and installs shelves and stocks them with books, and begins her new venture as a mobile bookshop owner. Before long, her life is changed in ways she never imagined.
It'd be a challenge to describe this book without using the word "charming". If you're looking for a "feel good" light read, and don't mind if it's a bit corny, this might just hit the spot. Four stars.