18 August, 2016

#BookReview :: How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry

Everyone has a story . . . but will they get the happy ending they deserve?

Emilia has just returned to her idyllic Cotswold hometown to rescue the family business. Nightingale Books is a dream come true for book-lovers, but the best stories aren't just within the pages of the books she sells - Emilia's customers have their own tales to tell.

There's the lady of the manor who is hiding a secret close to her heart; the single dad looking for books to share with his son but who isn't quite what he seems; and the desperately shy chef trying to find the courage to talk to her crush . . .

And as for Emilia's story, can she keep the promise she made to her father and save Nightingale Books? 


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I am a total sucker for books. So when I discovered a book about a bookshop, I just had to read it.

‘Nightingale Books’ is more than just an independent bookshop in the town of Cotswold.  Julius Nightingale opened the store as a single dad to Emilia. It had been more than just an income source then and it meant a lot to Emilia who has inherited it after her father’s death. Filled with her childhood memories and stories, Emilia tries to overcome her financial struggles to keep the shop running. But the store also means a lot to the locals – their stories are somehow entangled with Julius, his recommendations and Nightingale Books. Will Emilia be able to keep her promise to her father and save the bookshop?

I have always felt that independent bookshops have a different kind of charm. They are usually less organized but with friendly owners/employees, it becomes a sort of an adventure to find new reads. ‘Nightingale Books’ sounds just like my kind of a bookstore where the owner is thoroughly involved and often interact with customers at a personal level. I wish Julius wasn’t a fictional character and that I could meet him in person. It was like this fictional character’s death touched me personally! He managed to turn his business into a way to make reading interesting; a way to meet people and to get to know them. Through the bookstore we meet a wide cast of characters that are all very quirky and have their own stories to tell. It was entertaining to get to know them and their stories individually all the while learning more about Emilia and her story. The bookshop really brings these people together and with how they try to help Emilia, it is evident that Julius had really managed to touch all their lives.

The writing style is delicate and the language used is simple. Together they help you settle into the book easily. And while you get to know each character, the pages keep turning on their own accord. You reach the end before you realize and it leaves you with a happy and satisfied smile on your face. A note of warning though – once you have familiarized yourself with Nightingale books, you will never see your local bookshop in the same light again. 


Review Copy received via Netgalley


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