Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: The cover of this book immediately drew me in. Any book lover knows the joy that a bookshop brings and to find a book about a book store is a treat. I loved the many references to various books throughout the story.
This is definitely an “escape” book, I left my current location when reading this and found myself in the little English town with the colorful cast of characters, enjoying each moment.
The characters were each very developed and the reader gets to know them all. Although there are a lot of characters, it was fairly easy to keep track of them all. I adored the main character, Emilia. She grows a lot through the story as she is not only grieving a loss but also taking ownership of a failing business, all the while trying to keep a promise that she made.
This was a delightful and very fun contemporary story. I would recommend this to anyone who loves books about books.
My only issue with the story was the adultery that was included. I never like reading about adultery and wasn’t a fan of that story line.
I received this book from Blogging for Books to review.