Thursday, 16 June 2016

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry. As soon as I heard the title of this book I was eager to get my hands on a copy and then when I first see the cover I was in love before I even started the story!

Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for booklovers. 
 But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous - but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention the loyalty she owes to her customers. Sarah Basildon, owner of stately pile Peasebrook Manor, has used the book shop as an escape from all her problems in the past few years. But is there more to her visits than meets the eye?
 Since messing up his marriage, Jackson asks Emilia for advice on books to read to the son he misses so much. But Jackson has a secret, and is not all he seems... And there's Thomasina, painfully shy, who runs a pop-up restaurant from her tiny cottage. She has a huge crush on a man she met and then lost in the cookery section, somewhere between Auguste Escoffier and Marco Pierre White.
 Can she find the courage to admit her true feelings?

How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the second book I have read by Veronica Henry, as soon as I saw the cover and read the title I knew this was going to be a perfect book for me. The book is set in the town of Peasebrook and at the heart of the storyline is a welcoming independent bookshop called Nightingale Books and this bookshop links the vast amount of characters in this book. After her father died the running of the shop has fallen into his daughter Emilia’s hands but will she keep the bookshop running or was that just her father’s dream?

 There are a lot of characters to get to know in this book with introductions still being made at the half way point which I found strange having already met so many characters I didn’t feel the need to meet anymore especially so far into the book but each of the individual storylines helped to bring more depth to the storyline although personally I didn’t feel like Thomasina’s storyline was needed and unfortunately I think her character won’t be one that I will remember and I wish the time was used more on Emilia and the bookshop which was the part of the storyline that really held my interest.

Romance, friendship and community spirit bring an uplifting feel to what started off as a poignant read with the characters being struck with grief after the loss of the much loved and respected Julius.

We never like to come to the close of a book and leave the characters behind but Veronica Henry has rounded off each of the characters storylines perfectly not leaving us hanging. I really enjoyed this book because Emilia has the job that all us bookworms could only wish for so it was a treat to watch her show her passion for books and then day to day running of a bookshop.

1 comment:

  1. Yay for no hangers in the story! I love it when a story finishes and doesn't leave you wondering what happened to half the cast of characters.

    Dena @ Batch of Books