The Bookshop on the Corner


The Bookshop on the Corner

By: Jenny Colgan

Published: 2016

# of pages: 332

Challenge: Full House


Official description:

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.

My opinion: I just can’t get over the fact that this book is titled The Bookshop on the Corner when it is NOT about a bookshop on a corner!  And the cover has a picture of a bookshop building window!  This book tells a cute story about a woman who leaves her secure life to start a business selling books out of a van.  Why isn’t book van/bus in the title?  Or even the name of her business – The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After?  The van was described as being beautifully decorated.  Why isn’t that on the cover?

But I’ll leave that behind (reluctantly) and finish my review.  I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half.  It wasn’t anything special, but it was an easy, mindless read that was perfect for my plane trip home from California to North Carolina.

The main character, Nina, is a little whiny, but that’s part of what makes this book more realistic.  I kept thinking of how much I would love to run a successful business selling books in Scotland.  And maybe I would truly love it and wouldn’t complain, but only because I’ve lived a little more and in hindsight would value that lifestyle more.  But Nina is right in the middle of things and doesn’t feel complete with “just” a book selling business in a beautiful region.  But don’t worry, Nina is on a journey that doesn’t end when she physically arrives at her destination.  By the end of the book, she feels complete and experiences her own happy-ever-after ending.

Throughout the description of her journey there were some weird and out of place things included.  I felt as though the author had lots of ideas and rather than fully developing them, decided to just stick them in here and there.  Not all of it made sense.

I would recommend this book to adults looking for a quick, easy read.

Why I gave this book 3/5 stars: Cute story, but it wasn’t developed well.  Also, the title bothers me!

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