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Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile— Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.


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Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile— Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

30 review for The Bookshop on the Corner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Shout out to this fabulous book in my latest YouTube Video all about my favorite bookish books (and while I attempt a little baking in the background). Thanks for watching and happy reading! The Written Review: This book spoke to my soul Because every day with a book is slightly better than one without, and I wish you nothing but the happiest of days. Nina Redmond is my favorite kind of main character - she feels like a best friend. A very bookish best friend. The best possible ki Shout out to this fabulous book in my latest YouTube Video all about my favorite bookish books (and while I attempt a little baking in the background). Thanks for watching and happy reading! The Written Review: This book spoke to my soul Because every day with a book is slightly better than one without, and I wish you nothing but the happiest of days. Nina Redmond is my favorite kind of main character - she feels like a best friend. A very bookish best friend. The best possible kind of best friend. Nina is was a librarian. Her job was her everything. She spent every waking moment, caring for all of the little library books, curling up with a new novel every night and most importantly, helping people find the book that they needed the most. Books were her everything. for Nina, whenever reality, or the grimmer side of reality, threatened to invade, she always turned to a book...They had mended her heart when it was broken, and encouraged her to hope when she was down. But all that vanished. All that comfort and security from her library job - snuffed out. And Nina is just reeling and the midst of her panic, she comes to a realization (with the help of her friend): Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can't fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets. So, armed with an unwieldy old van and far more books than one can imagine, Nina sets off to explore the countryside - selling her books at farmers markets and festivals, all the while blossoming from a shy, timid librarian to the woman she was always meant to be. I absolutely adored this story. The romance was so well done - it was one of those romances where you fall in love with the way they're falling in love. And the books (so many books!) just cinched the novel for me. I want to go out and check out every last book from the library that Nina suggests. As an aside, I loved the way the author dedicated the book. There is no dedication in this book because the entire book is dedicated to you: the reader. To all readers. Because this book is about reading and books, and how these things can change your life, always, I would argue, for the better.... The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - A book that involves a library or bookstore Audiobook Comments An absolute pleasure to listen to - thank you Lucy Price-Lewis. You are a fabulous reader. The 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - A book that involves a bookstore or library YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Bookshop on the corner by Jenny Colgan is a 2016 William Morrow Paperbacks publication. The title alone was enough to catch my eye. I love 'books about books' and this one will truly resonate with people like me, who live and breathe books, no matter what genre you prefer. When Nina loses her beloved job at the library, she finds the courage to start her life over using her expert skills of matching people with books. She buys a van and moves to Scotland and becomes a successful book seller. The Bookshop on the corner by Jenny Colgan is a 2016 William Morrow Paperbacks publication. The title alone was enough to catch my eye. I love 'books about books' and this one will truly resonate with people like me, who live and breathe books, no matter what genre you prefer. When Nina loses her beloved job at the library, she finds the courage to start her life over using her expert skills of matching people with books. She buys a van and moves to Scotland and becomes a successful book seller. But, the journey is fraught with setbacks, adjustments, and a flood of personal turmoil as she settles into a small Scottish community and begins spreading the love of books and reading with the folks who live there. Nina’s character slowly blossoms, as she faces a few hard knocks, and meets those challenges with more fortitude than she thought possible. Her adventures are often hilarious, sometimes poignant, but her kindness and honesty touches an entire community, as well as the heart of a certain gentleman, making her a true inspiration. This ‘feel good’ story naturally appealed to the book lover in me. Nina and I, could be two peas in a pod, and I instantly related to her, often smiling and nodding when her exuberance for books popped off the page. While I took great pleasure in watching Nina tirelessly spread the gift of books to her isolated community, the story evolves into something more, proving that people can work together to resolve problems if only they would try to see things from a perspective other than their own. It’s also about having the courage to pursue your dreams, for not settling or giving up, no matter how bleak things seem at the time. All the characters are slightly quirky, and are well drawn, with compelling stories of the their own, adding much depth, charm, and warmth to this delightful tale. This is a quick and easy read, is very light hearted and witty, and is sure to lift your spirits and solidify your love of reading and books and of course recommending them to all your friends, family and community. Overall, anyone will like this book, I think, but contemporary romance readers and chick-lit fans will definitely want to check this one out. 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    Full review now posted below! I love books with all of my heart. Most kids sleep with stuffed animals, but I slept with some book or another even before I could read them for myself. I was born with an intense love for words and the worlds that writers can craft with them. Because of that fervent adoration for all things books, I delight in finding books about books. Sadly though, more often than not the books-about-books that I pick up tend to leave me disappointed. There are a few exceptions, o Full review now posted below! I love books with all of my heart. Most kids sleep with stuffed animals, but I slept with some book or another even before I could read them for myself. I was born with an intense love for words and the worlds that writers can craft with them. Because of that fervent adoration for all things books, I delight in finding books about books. Sadly though, more often than not the books-about-books that I pick up tend to leave me disappointed. There are a few exceptions, of course; The Shadow of the Wind, The Neverending Story, and Inkheart being a few that made me so happy that my heart felt as though surely it would burst. But others, such as Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Fangirl, and this one, all left me feeling unsatisfied. The first set of books were truly odes to the power of books. Books were conveyed as important, friends to be treasured and revisited as often as possible. The second set of books I listed started out that way. But, eventually, books cease being viewed as treasures and are viewed instead as crutches, things only clung to by those who aren't truly living their own lives and thus have to live vicariously through the stories of others. I disagree with that view of books vehemently. Yes, books are a safe place to turn to when you’re lonely or in pain. I can logically agree that books are sometimes used as crutches to help us get through life. My problem with that line of thinking is this; what on earth is wrong with crutches?! I would rather have something to lean on that helps me walk steadily and securely through my life than hobble because I’m too proud to use a crutch. Besides that, in the words of George R.R. Martin, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Now, onto the actual book I’m supposed to be reviewing. The Bookshop on the Corner was really cute, especially through the first half. Nina, our main character, was faced with a huge change in her life, and she made the most of it by embracing her love of books and her dream of fostering that love in others by opening her own book shop. Her bookshop wasn’t conventional, and neither was the community she moved to in order to open it, but it suited her well. She had a cast of cute and sometimes crazy friends and patrons who for the most part were incredibly supportive. Nina’s favorite thing in the world was literary matchmaking, pairing a person with the perfect book for where they were in their life. That is, until love derailed her life. (Those of you who have read this, I hope you liked my pun there!) And that’s where the book let me down, where it shifted from a love story about books to just being a love story with a few books scattered here and there. And the love story was my most hated trope, a love triangle. Both guys were cute and all, I just can't stand love triangles for some reason. They make my lip curl. Also, I’ve become spoiled to the phenomenal writing found in fantasy nowadays, and the writing in this book fell flat for me comparatively. This story was light and cute and sweet, but it just felt like consuming empty calories.

  4. 5 out of 5

    emma

    I, as I have now extensively written about on this time-sucking website, am fixated on books about bookstores. They’re not the only thing I read. They’re not necessarily even my favorite thing to read about. But I can’t stop thinking about them, and I can’t stop picking them up. Surprisingly - or maybe not, since it’s me - this very rarely goes super well. This was a pretty good case. I don’t tend to like books about bookstores that turn out to be more about fluffy romance, but this one struck the r I, as I have now extensively written about on this time-sucking website, am fixated on books about bookstores. They’re not the only thing I read. They’re not necessarily even my favorite thing to read about. But I can’t stop thinking about them, and I can’t stop picking them up. Surprisingly - or maybe not, since it’s me - this very rarely goes super well. This was a pretty good case. I don’t tend to like books about bookstores that turn out to be more about fluffy romance, but this one struck the ratio very well. Mostly because the romance didn’t really come into play until the very end. There were also bonus good things, like: - all the beautiful Scotland scenery - scenes of our protagonist decorating a van, which fulfilled all my childhood Boxcar Children desires - lots of delicious food descriptions But, like the idea of the US government set forth in the Constitution (and maybe not in execution), life comes with checks and balances, and there were also bonus bad things...such as: - a weird temporary love triangle (or basically a beginning-of-the-book romance that was very strangely and painfully tossed away when it could have simply not existed) - FAKE BOOKS. THE BOOKS IN THIS BOOKSTORE DO NOT EXIST. WHY. WHAT IS THE POINT. But overall, I’m just grateful this isn’t https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... How to Find Love in a Bookshop. And that warrants three stars. Bottom line: Sure fine whatever! -------- things i love: - books - bookstores - books about bookstores

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ferdy

    Loved all the bookshop and book talk, and that's about it. Nina was a mousy bore and clumsy idiot to boot. The only parts where she was interesting was when she was trying to change her life and was in the process of moving to rural Scotland to sell books out of a van. As soon as the love interests came on the scene, Nina lost what little charm she had and turned into a pathetic, desperate, whiny, doormat who panted between a bitter, mean, divorced mess and a married creep. The romance ruined wh Loved all the bookshop and book talk, and that's about it. Nina was a mousy bore and clumsy idiot to boot. The only parts where she was interesting was when she was trying to change her life and was in the process of moving to rural Scotland to sell books out of a van. As soon as the love interests came on the scene, Nina lost what little charm she had and turned into a pathetic, desperate, whiny, doormat who panted between a bitter, mean, divorced mess and a married creep. The romance ruined what could have been a half decent book, I didn't want to read about a dull doormat chasing after a guy who spent half his time bitching at her and the other half the time ignoring her. The author should have concentrated on the heroine making a success of her bookshop/moving to a sleepy village with quirky characters part of the story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is a really lovely read and I cannot think of anything I didn’t like about it. It is the story of Nina, a Librarian who is made redundant from her job in Birmingham, who starts a new life for herself by buying a van in Scotland and transforming it into a mobile bookshop. The characters are all people you just cannot help liking and Nina herself is someone you would just love to be friends with in real life. I adored the setting in the Scottish Highlands which are beautifully described, espec This is a really lovely read and I cannot think of anything I didn’t like about it. It is the story of Nina, a Librarian who is made redundant from her job in Birmingham, who starts a new life for herself by buying a van in Scotland and transforming it into a mobile bookshop. The characters are all people you just cannot help liking and Nina herself is someone you would just love to be friends with in real life. I adored the setting in the Scottish Highlands which are beautifully described, especially the scenery although the Highland dancing and the Midsummer Festival celebrations were fantastic to read about. The author just made me want to cram a load of books into our camper van and head off up there myself to start my own bookshop! It is a story which just oozes romance of the non predictable kind – you are really kept guessing for quite a large part of the read as to what is going to happen. There is the lovely mix of misunderstandings and red herrings, which really kept my interest throughout. It is a definite curl up on the sofa read, one you can totally lose yourself in. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for the review copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I checked this book out from the library because it sounded kind of like my life. For me, everything changed when I had to leave my job at an independent bookstore and then when it closed down for good. I had a great memory for where each book was, often what it looked like, who wrote it, what series it was in, what order the series went in, authors' pseudonyms, and what books people might like if they liked this book or that. My favourite was giving recommendations, hel Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I checked this book out from the library because it sounded kind of like my life. For me, everything changed when I had to leave my job at an independent bookstore and then when it closed down for good. I had a great memory for where each book was, often what it looked like, who wrote it, what series it was in, what order the series went in, authors' pseudonyms, and what books people might like if they liked this book or that. My favourite was giving recommendations, helping people find just the right book for a friend in the hospital with depression or child about to become a big brother or sister. When I left to give birth it was a huge adjustment to be home all of the time with a baby who wanted to eat nonstop and would only sleep in my arms. My world shrunk by the day, especially once we got down to one working car. Now with my girl in Kindergarten, I am being told by doctors that I will never work again. So I thought this book might cheer me up, give me some inspiration, etc. And it did, at first. I could identify with Nina from the beginning, though not with her obsession with Heathcliffe and Christian Gray, who I consider to be dangerous criminals in need of locking up, not romantic heroes. Despite apparently having been around the block a time or two and in her 30s, Nina seems more naive and childish than I was as a 23 year old virgin bride. I completely understand her love of books and her huge hoard of them, of course--I have an entire room in my house dedicated to nothing else. But she is somehow able to sell all of her books once she realizes there's a profit to be made. What kind of real book fanatic could do that unless they were on the verge of starvation or something? So Nina loses her library job in Birmingham, spends everything she's got to buy a van in Scotland and of course ends up moving there, getting an amazingly designed, perfect apartment in a barn for next to nothing. Oh, and it comes with a tall handsome Scotsman who has a sweet dog and adorable lambs. But of course, he's also a jerk who doesn't like books or English city girls and never fails to be gruff or downright rude. The business takes off immediately because it's that kind of book, despite the fact that Nina names her mobile bookshop The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (which makes me want to puke), and everything is just peachy, except that Nina can't see the mysterious dark Latvian train engineer dude she's projected fictional characters onto often enough to suit her. But her landlord calls her over to deliver stuck twin lambs because she is the only one around with small enough hands. That just didn't seem likely to me. "I don't like you, you're useless, you're dangerous, but come over here and soap up and shove your hands up inside my ewe." Right. Basically, what I found annoying about this book is that no matter how awkward and idiotic Nina is, everything she does always works out. She loves literally everything about where she lives in Scotland--sorry, but there are down sides to everywhere. Her book recommendations, even when absurdly personal to the point of being potentially insulting, all turn out better than normal...it just goes on. It was still a pleasant enough read though, until about the last quarter. SPOILERS Naturally there is something wrong with the handsome sad foreigner--he already has a family back home. You begin to realize this is a weird retelling of Pride and Prejudice and he was Mr. Wickham. Which makes the landlord, Lennox, Mr. Darcy. *sigh* There's even a bunch of stuff about dancing and not dancing, and you also get to see that Lennox is nicer than he seems, though he still talks in a pretty unfriendly way. When Lennox's ex shows up and demands the farm, she is over the top, completely silly and out of place even in this unrealistic book. She even throws a rare priceless book of Nina's into the mud. So Nina offers to give up her lovely apartment in the barn and move in with Lennox, who she is now sleeping with nonstop. By this point that is pretty much all she does. They don't talk, they have nothing in common to talk about, but they "don't need to talk" because their connection is suddenly so deep. Yeah bloody right. To me this is the laziest trick in the book. And it furthers what I think is a dangerous myth, that sex is the same thing as true love. Also the one that if someone is rude, hurtful, and has nothing in common with us, they must be our soulmate. We're supposed to be happy because Nina gets to constantly have sex with her grumpy boyfriend who only reads the occasional agriculture magazine. Seriously, how long is that going to work out? It definitely doesn't seem like the kind of "happy ever after" Nina was looking for. Oh, and Nina ends up getting a new copy of the rare and priceless book the ex destroyed. And she loses the apartment but her best friend moves into it. So absolutely nothing is lost or sacrificed unless you count a diseased tree. Nothing whatever mars her happiness ever. I am thoroughly disgusted.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Margitte

    Okay, so you get The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, and then you get: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore #1 by Robin Sloan I just wondered what the hell happened? There's no comparison. This book is serious chick lit fluff, you know, a young jobless woman in distress, penniless and desperate t Okay, so you get The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, and then you get: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore #1 by Robin Sloan I just wondered what the hell happened? There's no comparison. This book is serious chick lit fluff, you know, a young jobless woman in distress, penniless and desperate to start over after losing her job in a library. She ventures off on an adventure and then steps in a Scottish sheep farmer who pulls her in behind a tree and 'take' her, oh how utterly exciting, and then the hunk and the cutie live happily ever after. How they met was kind of cute too. But there's the train, called The Lady of Argyll and a book bus for the remote small villages of Scotland. Add to that Men Central where there were none before, and you've got it made in lalaland of romance and love. In the heat of the moment, no pun intended, there were lots of goodies the young lady had stored which she could use to turn the old bread van into a cozy bookstore. Problem is, for someone living on a minuscule salary, it did not make sense to buy all these paraphernalia, beanie bags, fairy lights, fluorescent lights spelling "Books" and some more, and hoard it in a tiny apartment without knowing what to do with them. Did not make sense. Contrived. By this point in the book, I was kind of getting bored. It's hard to convince a experienced farm woman, like yours truly, that a big van, the size of a bus, or truck, will not break down, with expensive repairs, expensive new tyres, expensive engine repairs, expensive licensing and insurance (if you can get any on such an old vehicle)...AND EXPENSIVE FUEL CONSUMPTION. Old ones are the worst. Not toys for girls with a dream. So yes, THAT did not make sense as well. Oh well, this book was not meant to be so grounded in reality, so let's move on, shall we? It is a girlie fairytale after all. And it was okay to name this old hag on four gigantic wheels Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After with a chandelier inside to boot. But don't despair, it's a feel-good read for romance junkies. Probably a five star thrill. The books were great props for the romantic drama. That's all it was. Quite a drama it was, for sure. So with a huff and a puff the coupling dance was over, thank the almighty stars, and life could happily continue in the wilds of the great valleys and deep lochs of Scotland. For me too. Why do I suddenly feel so old? And grumpy? ***SIGH*** I liked the idea of a book van in Kirrinfief, and Scotland, and small towns and...and...and...well, a place to explore. Using this beautiful country with its eccentric, delightful characters to fill up the background of this story, was a very good idea in my book. And I will certainly love to know how to make the cucumber and green cabbage salad with fennel, orange, and oats. THREE STARS means OKAY! It was OKAY. Fun really. I'm in a good mood. And I LOVED the idea of a book van!!! I did mention that, right? :-))

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    This book was a fun fast read that was a love letter to book lovers everywhere. A book seller with a book van instead of a shop , a small quaint town , handsome guy , and tons of books equals a recipe for love . It was cute and fast if I hadn’t been so busy I could have read it in one sitting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Awww, I loved this book about a librarian getting laid off from her readers' advisory job and opening a "bookshop-on-wheels" in Scotland. A tad predictable but so what, it was a fun journey. I was a public services librarian for 42 years and a bookmobile librarian for of 17 of those years, so the thoughts about helping patrons find just the right books to read really resonated. The setting in Scotland was very appealing (as were the love interests!) and I'm ready to book a trip! The theme of rein Awww, I loved this book about a librarian getting laid off from her readers' advisory job and opening a "bookshop-on-wheels" in Scotland. A tad predictable but so what, it was a fun journey. I was a public services librarian for 42 years and a bookmobile librarian for of 17 of those years, so the thoughts about helping patrons find just the right books to read really resonated. The setting in Scotland was very appealing (as were the love interests!) and I'm ready to book a trip! The theme of reinventing your life in the book world reminded me of Anjali Banerjee's Haunting Jasmine, only without a supernatural element. Recommended for readers' advisory librarians and anyone else who loves a sweet comfort read featuring hunky men and appealing book descriptions. Added Note: I questioned the method that Nina used in obtaining her books from the closing library for use in her own business but maybe it's different in the U.K.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Malia

    This was a sweet, though not too sweet, story about a young woman at loose ends who dreams of her own bookshop (I could identify). The story is a little predictable, but I rather enjoyed it. I have been reading a lot of crime fiction, and this was a lovely break amid the murder and mayhem! Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com This was a sweet, though not too sweet, story about a young woman at loose ends who dreams of her own bookshop (I could identify). The story is a little predictable, but I rather enjoyed it. I have been reading a lot of crime fiction, and this was a lovely break amid the murder and mayhem! Find more reviews and bookish fun at http://www.princessandpen.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mike Sumner

    I have never taken much notice of the moniker - Chick-lit. Ever heard of Bloke-lit? No, neither have I. But the label Chick-lit probable puts off a lot of men from reading them and that's a pity. I came across Jenny Colgan's work through the pages of a Rosie Hopkins story and I was hooked. This latest offering from Jenny is just as enjoyable. I love books (don't we all?), I love people who love books and I have a certain envy of those who own and run a bookshop. So, how about a mobile bookshop? I have never taken much notice of the moniker - Chick-lit. Ever heard of Bloke-lit? No, neither have I. But the label Chick-lit probable puts off a lot of men from reading them and that's a pity. I came across Jenny Colgan's work through the pages of a Rosie Hopkins story and I was hooked. This latest offering from Jenny is just as enjoyable. I love books (don't we all?), I love people who love books and I have a certain envy of those who own and run a bookshop. So, how about a mobile bookshop? Nina Redmond is 29 years old. The library where she works is to be closed, like so many, and Nina finds herself facing a bleak future in Birmingham where she lives. The library services are to be compressed into the centre of town where they would become a 'hub' with a 'multimedia experience zone'. Ugh! Not for Nina who is caught looking at adverts for large vans for sale, by her friend Griffin. A mobile bookshop? Why the hell not? There are thousands of books available as the library is closing. The snag though is that the van that really catches Nina's eye is in Scotland... And thereby lies the tale of another delicious read from Jenny Colgan. What's not to like about a bibliophile selling books from a van, following her trials and tribulations and her love life, as it is, in the Highlands? Curl up in front of the fire with a cup of tea (OK, a single malt felt more appropriate) and enjoy this story that makes you feel warm inside. I loved it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    DeB MaRtEnS

    It is definitely a book about books - and hunky Scottish men in kilts - and becoming everything you ever wanted to become if you can take the risk, and just buy the damn van, move to Scotland and get on with The Little Shop of Happy Ever After. But not QUITE my style any more, I have to say, even though I did read the Cinderella story to the end, especially since part way I realized that it was a bit of a take on that lovely old tale, Parnussus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. Nina Redmond is a It is definitely a book about books - and hunky Scottish men in kilts - and becoming everything you ever wanted to become if you can take the risk, and just buy the damn van, move to Scotland and get on with The Little Shop of Happy Ever After. But not QUITE my style any more, I have to say, even though I did read the Cinderella story to the end, especially since part way I realized that it was a bit of a take on that lovely old tale, Parnussus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. Nina Redmond is a victim of Britain's branch library cuts - wee local libraries serving walk-in clientele within a neighbourly vicinity, from the stroller pushers to those with walkers. (I didn't know such places existed!). Found unsuitable for the high energy, high tech central system, Nina decides that she will operate a mobile bookstore. One thing leads to another - like the van is SO big for parking on Birmingham's city streets - and she ends up in Kirrinfief, Scotland. Scotland makes out very well in this book by Jenny Colgan, who extolls its beauty and raininess and its close sense of small town community. Add the farm fresh eggs, homemade sausage, smoked bacon, local baking... in very good taste, for sure. And, oh yes, its freckled charming Scottish men. So, love will out, everyone wins, kisses are fine... but the food made me drool. For that alone, a solid three stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4 “a book about books” stars I rather enjoyed this tale of taking risks with some romance thrown in along with some beautiful Scottish scenery. Nina has been working at the city library for years when cuts come along, and her job is eliminated. Nina takes a chance to pursue her dream of opening a bookstore. Discovering that she can’t afford to rent a building, she decides to take her dream mobile and ends up with a former bread delivery van that she transforms into a bookmobile. Nina ends up in Sc 4 “a book about books” stars I rather enjoyed this tale of taking risks with some romance thrown in along with some beautiful Scottish scenery. Nina has been working at the city library for years when cuts come along, and her job is eliminated. Nina takes a chance to pursue her dream of opening a bookstore. Discovering that she can’t afford to rent a building, she decides to take her dream mobile and ends up with a former bread delivery van that she transforms into a bookmobile. Nina ends up in Scotland, lucks into a great place to live, and some finds herself getting incorporated into the town life. I enjoyed some funny moments for her as she discovers how delicious food can be in this area, along with the quarterly highland dances. There are a few bumps along the road with her romance, but she ultimately ends up with the right man! She prides herself on finding the right book for everyone and her toddler story times are booming. Will Nina find her happily ever after or should she go back to the city? I was excited to see that this is #1 in a series and I will clearly seek out the next two because this one was such fun. Thank you to Book Club Girl/Harper Collins/Morrow for a copy of this one to read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Bookshop on the Corner is an enjoyable book that most book lovers will likely appreciate. I liked it overall but I've come to the conclusion that Jenny Colgan's fiction and I just aren't compatible for a long-term love affair. The author's message to readers at the start of this book was my favorite thing. Her love note to the art of reading and all the books in the world instantly got my attention and put a smile on my face. The story itself was likable but unfortunately not memorable or en The Bookshop on the Corner is an enjoyable book that most book lovers will likely appreciate. I liked it overall but I've come to the conclusion that Jenny Colgan's fiction and I just aren't compatible for a long-term love affair. The author's message to readers at the start of this book was my favorite thing. Her love note to the art of reading and all the books in the world instantly got my attention and put a smile on my face. The story itself was likable but unfortunately not memorable or engaging for me personally. It's worth a look though if you enjoy this author or the chick-lit genre in general. My favorite quote: “Dogs are tremendously good at showing you you don’t have to check your phone every two seconds to have a happy life.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    My_Strange_Reading

    #mystrangereading The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was beautiful. The writing was gorgeous, the story was precious and it just made my heart warm with the perfect message that came through. The message I took away: Books can transport us and give us an escape/safe place away from the world around us, but without real human connection we will miss out on life. It was such a beautiful tribute to how important reading is to everyone and how there is a story for EVERYON #mystrangereading The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was beautiful. The writing was gorgeous, the story was precious and it just made my heart warm with the perfect message that came through. The message I took away: Books can transport us and give us an escape/safe place away from the world around us, but without real human connection we will miss out on life. It was such a beautiful tribute to how important reading is to everyone and how there is a story for EVERYONE, but it was also a perfect reminder that we can't live in a fictional world forever. Scottish countryside. Midnight trains. Sassy friends. And a love story to boot. Enjoy book reader friends! ❤️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This was a wonderful, light summer read. Right from the start you realize that everything is probably going end well for everyone. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of Scotland and the books mentioned. This reminded me of another book, Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. I feel sure that Jenny Colgan was influenced by this 100-year-old novel about a spinster who buys a horse-drawn caravan to sell books throughout New England.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    3 stars Very light unrestricted comical read. I ended up enjoying it more than I ever thought I would. This is the type book you pick up when you are in a reading slump or need to clean your palette after reading a number of intense books. I think it started very slow and came off as a very fluffy romance novel, however there was just seemed to be a tugging thread that kept me returning to the page. In addition to being a light read in a very fanciful script, in retrospect I see a number of socie 3 stars Very light unrestricted comical read. I ended up enjoying it more than I ever thought I would. This is the type book you pick up when you are in a reading slump or need to clean your palette after reading a number of intense books. I think it started very slow and came off as a very fluffy romance novel, however there was just seemed to be a tugging thread that kept me returning to the page. In addition to being a light read in a very fanciful script, in retrospect I see a number of societal issues, hovering in the background, that the book did cover. Highlighted was child services, job loss and reinvention, divorce and new relationships, deportation and the strength of community, among others. Nina in the throes of losing her library job decided to buy a van and start a rolling bookstore. Little did she know that this escapade would lead her to a new community, a new culture and a new love. Though the road was rocky, Nina's good heart saw her through every obstacle to her prince charming and her "Happily Ever After" .

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liza Fireman

    I really didn't like this book. Nina was a mousy, clumsy, clueless woman. That is an insult for the women kind. And she is not even close to be a reasonable librarian or a book lover. This passage will tell you who Nina is. A desperate woman, who can't get anything right, not even driving a van. Every time she gets in she gets in trouble. “I . . .” Nina heard her voice break. “There was a deer . . . and I braked . . .” “A DEER! You nearly killed the bloody lot of us for a DEER? You STUPID BLOODY . I really didn't like this book. Nina was a mousy, clumsy, clueless woman. That is an insult for the women kind. And she is not even close to be a reasonable librarian or a book lover. This passage will tell you who Nina is. A desperate woman, who can't get anything right, not even driving a van. Every time she gets in she gets in trouble. “I . . .” Nina heard her voice break. “There was a deer . . . and I braked . . .” “A DEER! You nearly killed the bloody lot of us for a DEER? You STUPID BLOODY . . . What were you THINKING?!” “I couldn’t . . . I couldn’t think . . .” “No, that’s right, isn’t it? Not bloody thinking at all! LOOK, there’s ten bloody yards . . .” And of course, all the men treat her as such: “Are you sure you can handle it, a wee thing like you?” , or another example: “You’re too sweet. Too sweet not to help me, and too sweet to drive a truck.” The man doesn't even want to sell her his van: “I’ve changed my mind,” said Wullie when she parked carefully outside the pub. “It’s not for sale.”. So if you are looking to a sexist book, you have got it! Now, there is towards the end, when it becomes a cheap romantic romance. That is even worse more than the misogyny that exists throughout the whole book. It was by a vast margin the best kiss Nina had ever had. She kissed him back, furiously, realizing that up to this point in her life, kisses had always been a prelude, a tease or an exploration, a precursor to what might or might not happen next. This was not the case here. This kiss was several steps down the line from that; this was serious and purposeful, it was the real thing, and Nina felt the thrill go through her down to the bones. And that is just the beginning of a long long part of the cheap physical contact. Nina is in love and nothing else matters. The parts with the ex-wife are ridiculous. Another clueless woman, full of childish act and terrible behavior. Misogyny, did I mention? 1 star, 1 too much for this book. If you like books about books, read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin instead. She matches great books, and did a much better work about a book shop and people's lives.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is a charming book about second chances, in life and in love. And books. When Nina Redmond loses her job as a librarian, she gets the crazy idea of buying an old van and turning it into a mobile bookstore. She moves out of the city into a cozy Scottish village, determined to make a new life for herself. While selling her books, she is able to match the perfect book with each customer. But will she ever find her own perfect match outside of a book store? The story telling us delightful, told This is a charming book about second chances, in life and in love. And books. When Nina Redmond loses her job as a librarian, she gets the crazy idea of buying an old van and turning it into a mobile bookstore. She moves out of the city into a cozy Scottish village, determined to make a new life for herself. While selling her books, she is able to match the perfect book with each customer. But will she ever find her own perfect match outside of a book store? The story telling us delightful, told with wit and charm. There are a lot of quirky characters, with Nina being probably the most “normal” of the bunch. They are all beautifully portrayed. The village of Kirrinfief is almost a character itself, so vividly it is described. Who wouldn’t want to live there? (Well, one character in the book doesn’t!) The ending is fairly predictable, but that isn’t a problem. That’s what you read these types of books for. You start on the journey, pretty sure where you’re going to end up, but enjoying the ride along the way. And that’s OK. A fun, light read, and a recommended for what it is. Who wouldn’t love a book about a bookshop! And books. You had me at “books”!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Connie G

    The busy city of Birmingham, England closes some of their smaller libraries, and Nina loses her job. She's always had a dream of owning her own bookstore. Nina buys a van and opens a mobile bookstore in a small village in Scotland. She loves her new life in the Highlands, and opens herself to new experiences. This is an entertaining light read that romantics and book lovers will enjoy. 3.5 stars. The busy city of Birmingham, England closes some of their smaller libraries, and Nina loses her job. She's always had a dream of owning her own bookstore. Nina buys a van and opens a mobile bookstore in a small village in Scotland. She loves her new life in the Highlands, and opens herself to new experiences. This is an entertaining light read that romantics and book lovers will enjoy. 3.5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    That note to readers felt a bit like I was talking to myself.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I loved this book. It was one of those books that I hated to put down. Nina, is a enormous book lover and each book is special. Being a huge book lover myself, it was easy to root for Nina to be happy and successful. Nina loves to read and she buys a van and transforms it into a traveling bookstore. She moves to Scotland to start a new life after being laid off from her boring job. She takes a risk, moving to Scotland and creates her dream job. This is the first book that I have read by Jenny Co I loved this book. It was one of those books that I hated to put down. Nina, is a enormous book lover and each book is special. Being a huge book lover myself, it was easy to root for Nina to be happy and successful. Nina loves to read and she buys a van and transforms it into a traveling bookstore. She moves to Scotland to start a new life after being laid off from her boring job. She takes a risk, moving to Scotland and creates her dream job. This is the first book that I have read by Jenny Colgan, but it definitely will not be my last.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    4.5 stars A true delight to read...I enjoyed the time spent reading Bookshop on the Corner immensely! Book-lovers will devour it, with the talk about books and all things bookish. It's light, well-paced, and hits you in the heart. The characters are a joy to read: fun, quirky, full of personality. Loved the setting too, makes me want to jump a plane and move to a village in Scotland. We also get to witness lots of personal growth of our heroine. Highly recommended! Side note--I think a different b 4.5 stars A true delight to read...I enjoyed the time spent reading Bookshop on the Corner immensely! Book-lovers will devour it, with the talk about books and all things bookish. It's light, well-paced, and hits you in the heart. The characters are a joy to read: fun, quirky, full of personality. Loved the setting too, makes me want to jump a plane and move to a village in Scotland. We also get to witness lots of personal growth of our heroine. Highly recommended! Side note--I think a different book name would suit it better :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    It's so fluffy! Light, predictable, and funny in parts; the writing is not bad, but there is absolutely no depth or subtlety in the storytelling or the character development. At all. My mind wandered a lot as I read this and when I made it to the end, I was disappointed by the tidily packaged "happy-ever-after" that mimicked every ridiculous, too-quick resolution throughout the book. My most adamant criticism is the ridiculous U.S. branding of this book. It's so fluffy! Light, predictable, and funny in parts; the writing is not bad, but there is absolutely no depth or subtlety in the storytelling or the character development. At all. My mind wandered a lot as I read this and when I made it to the end, I was disappointed by the tidily packaged "happy-ever-after" that mimicked every ridiculous, too-quick resolution throughout the book. My most adamant criticism is the ridiculous U.S. branding of this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    4.5 stars Nina, a book-lover, a quiet girl and a librarian in the city who does not get up to much. Then when faced with losing her job due to technology over-taking library services she decides to move to the Scottish highlands and begin to live out her fantasy of having a mobile bookshop. I must say I rooted for Nina and her new lifestyle to work out. Gosh this is such a hard book to rate because I absolutely loved the premise of the storyline but I also felt the storyline lost it’s way a coupl 4.5 stars Nina, a book-lover, a quiet girl and a librarian in the city who does not get up to much. Then when faced with losing her job due to technology over-taking library services she decides to move to the Scottish highlands and begin to live out her fantasy of having a mobile bookshop. I must say I rooted for Nina and her new lifestyle to work out. Gosh this is such a hard book to rate because I absolutely loved the premise of the storyline but I also felt the storyline lost it’s way a couple of times, mostly the romantic parts in the middle of the book were a let down. Then again, I did read the ending I wanted. I like that Colgan’s writing was light and fun. It was very easy to get through and I did end up reading 100 pages in one-sitting when I only thought I was going to read a chapter. The setting in the Scottish highlands was so beautifully described and made me fall in love with Scotland, even though I have never been. A story about a book lover and the Scottish highlands, made for a sweet, delicate and light read. This book was perfect to read at night for hours on end by the fire place, curled up in a blanket with a cup of tea.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    3.5 stars... This was an easy feel good story about a late 20s girl named Nina. Getting laid off from her librarian job she sets out to live her dream of a van library far from the comfort of her home in England into rural Scotland. She lives out her dream, she gets lonely, she helps others and falls in love. Very girly indeed!! It was okay. I will say I like the author's sense of humor and wit in her writing. 3.5 stars... This was an easy feel good story about a late 20s girl named Nina. Getting laid off from her librarian job she sets out to live her dream of a van library far from the comfort of her home in England into rural Scotland. She lives out her dream, she gets lonely, she helps others and falls in love. Very girly indeed!! It was okay. I will say I like the author's sense of humor and wit in her writing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Myrna

    Good book about the main character following her dream. Good summer read about books, the Scottish scenery, and romance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Dual review with Swedish first and then English! SWEDISH REVIEW Ännu en fullträff! Efter att ha läst 2 böcker i Strandpromenadtrilogin så såg jag verkligen fram emot att läsa denna bok. Jag menar, bara titeln Den lilla bokhandeln runt hörnet är ju ljuvlig. frågan var dock, skulle denna bok vara lika charmig som Strandpromenadböckerna? Kan Nina charma mig lika mycket som Polly gjorde? Och hur ska en bok utan lunnefågeln Neil funka? Faktum är att Den lilla bokhandeln runt hörnet är en alldeles lj Dual review with Swedish first and then English! SWEDISH REVIEW Ännu en fullträff! Efter att ha läst 2 böcker i Strandpromenadtrilogin så såg jag verkligen fram emot att läsa denna bok. Jag menar, bara titeln Den lilla bokhandeln runt hörnet är ju ljuvlig. frågan var dock, skulle denna bok vara lika charmig som Strandpromenadböckerna? Kan Nina charma mig lika mycket som Polly gjorde? Och hur ska en bok utan lunnefågeln Neil funka? Faktum är att Den lilla bokhandeln runt hörnet är en alldeles ljuvlig bok, charmig men inte alls utan djup, precis vad jag hade hoppas på. Ibland kan feelgood böcker bli för sockersöta men Jenny Colgan vet precis hur man skriver en bok som blandar humor och allvar och jag kunde känna igen så mycket i denna bok. Både när det gäller läsandet men även att leva i ett samhälle där centralisering och nerskärningar är ett faktum. Jag gillar verkligen tanken på en bokbuss som får människor i en liten bygd att börja läsa igen. Jag känner igen drag i denna bok från Strandpromenadböckerna, t.ex. att Nina får uppmärksamheten från två olika män Precis som Polly fick i Strandpromenadböckerna. Men likheterna gör inget, jag har inte ens något emot triangeldramat, jag gillade både Marek och Lennox, de är som två motpoler, frågan är vem som Nina kommer falla för? Ja, det får du läsa för att finna ut. Den lilla bokhandeln runt hörnet känns som en perfekt sommarbok, den är lättsam, snabbläst men ingen man glömmer i första hand. Tack till Massolit Förlag för recensionsexemplaret! ENGLISH REVIEW Another hit! After reading two books in the Little Beach Street Bakery trilogy, was I really looking forward to reading this book. I mean, just the title The Little Shop of Happy Ever After is lovely. The question was, would this book be as charming as the Little Beach Street Bakery books? Can Nina charm me as much as Polly did? And would a book without Neil the Puffin work? In fact, The Little Shop of Happy Ever After is a very lovely book charming, but not at all without depth, just what I had hoped for. Sometimes feel good books may be too saccharin, but Jenny Colgan knows how to write a book that blends humor and seriousness and I could recognize so much in this book. Both as regards to reading, but also living in a society where centralization and downsizing are a fact. I really like the thought of a book bus that prompts people in a small village to start reading again. I recognize traits in this book from the Little Beach Street Bakery, such as That Nina getting the attention of two different men Just like Polly got in the Little Beach Street Bakery books. However, the similarities do not matter, I do not even mind the triangle drama, I liked both Marek and Lennox, they are like two opposites, the question is who Nina will fall for? You have to read the book to find out. The Little Shop of Happy Ever After feels like a perfect summer book, it's easy-going, fast-paced, but not at a book that you forget! Thanks to Massolit Förlag for the review copy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Britany

    Nina Redmond is on the cusp of losing her job at the library when they decide to close the library (the horror! Could you even imagine??) and so she decides to buy a van and create a book-mobile. This book was cute and the narrator was excellent. I really enjoyed the lighter vibe with plenty of hijinks and heartwarming moments. A little too heavy on the love story aspect that made this slightly unrealistic. I wanted more books, less sappy romantic plot lines. The book tree was by far, my favorit Nina Redmond is on the cusp of losing her job at the library when they decide to close the library (the horror! Could you even imagine??) and so she decides to buy a van and create a book-mobile. This book was cute and the narrator was excellent. I really enjoyed the lighter vibe with plenty of hijinks and heartwarming moments. A little too heavy on the love story aspect that made this slightly unrealistic. I wanted more books, less sappy romantic plot lines. The book tree was by far, my favorite part of this book- the little trinkets left by Marek and crew onto the branches of the tree. I wish I could see something like this in real life. Ultimately, a pleasant summer read that didn't use up too much of my brain space. Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis (Excellent!)

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