Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

How to Find Love in a Bookshop
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.

In spite of the chick lit cover (which, to be honest, I kind of love), this one keeps up just fine with works that received a more literary slant, like The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.  I loved the cast of characters Henry creates and the way she brings them to life on the page.  She has quite a bit going on here, but she manages to keep it all running smoothly and integrates each part into the whole in a clever way.  

Entertainment Value
I loved, loved, loved reading this one.  It's got everything I could ask for - a little bit of romance, the charm of an English village, cozy autumn nights, and loads of books and book references.  Add in the food and music descriptions and the whole thing is just perfection.  It's perfect for book lovers of all sorts.  

I highly recommend this, particularly to those who loved A.J. Fikry, but also to anyone who loves happy endings and cozy nights by the fire.  This is an absolutely perfect fall read and it's got all sorts of warm fuzzies to boot.  Read it wrapped up in a snuggly blanket and fall in love with the whole village of Peasebrook.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What I Read in August

August was another fast and busy month, but filled with lots of good times with family and friends.  I was finally able to meet the newest Clark, my brother David's little son Wesley.  He's as precious as I knew he would be.  We spent a weekend at a cabin in Virginia, hiking and movie watching and just relaxing with family.  Of course I also had various book club adventures, and got to do some fun things with church friends. It wound up being my best reading month of the year so far as well. 
Here's what I read:

My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood
Comics for a Strange World by Reza Farazmand
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Ink in Water by Lacy J. Davis
Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Williams
A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror by Becky Siegel Spratford
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
It's Messy by Amanda de Cadenet
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
Pandora's Lab by Paul A. Offit
Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
Spinning by Tillie Walden
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
The Moth Presents: All These Wonders edited by Catherine Burns
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

What did you read in August?