#NewReview~~How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
How to Find Love in a Bookshop
by Veronica Henry
“Absolutely delightful.” —People
The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart
Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.
There’s Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage—she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings.
Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future—and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.
Nicole’s 4 Blush Review
One of my favorite kinds of books to read are the ones that take place in a small town and are centered around a local business. I enjoy the cast of characters that usually live in these small towns and how their lives intertwine and intersect. Veronica Henry’s How to Find Love in a Bookshop is exactly this kind of book. Set in the small English town of Peasebrook and centered around a small book store, How to Find Love in a Bookshop shows us how small towns and their inhabitants can affect the day to day world in big and small ways.
Having inherited her father’s bookshop, Emilia Nightingale finds herself thick in her grief, a teetering business, and the decisions that go with settling her father’s estate. The big question for Emilia is whether or not to stay open. Faced with her father’s messy bookkeeping, a property developer who is just itching to get Emilia to sell the property and a town full of people who see Nightingale Books as more than a bookshop. They see it as a sanctuary of sorts.
While the book does revolve around Emilia, there are several other little stories that are just as interesting and important. It’s these stories that I loved the most. I love the snippets of them as they center on Emilia. I love how her decisions have a ripple effect on the townspeople around her. Honestly, this book’s style reminded me a bit of the movie Love Actually, in that each story is individual, but they all seem to connect to the others in some way.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop has plenty of romance, a little bit of small town drama and that hokey feeling you get when all of the ends tie up nicely at the end of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already added it to my bookshelf of coveted re-reads. It’s stands ready for the next time I just want to escape to a small town.