The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner is centered around an introverted librarian named Nina bookshop on the cornerRedmond, who has found out some awful news – her library is closing down.  Nina, described by her friends and coworkers as timid, is an avid reader, and great at suggesting novels for even the pickiest of readers.  However, she doesn’t feel like there is a place for her passions in this world centered around technology and television.

In an impulsive act after losing the only job she has ever truly felt at home in, she decides that she wants to have a bookstore where she can share her love of literature with others.  She even finds a van that fits everything she would need in a bookshop on wheels.  The downside is she has to travel from Birmingham, UK to a small town called Kirrinfief, Scotland.

Through a spontaneous move from her cozy life in Birmingham to this small town, a midnight romance with a foreign train driver, a reserved young girl’s interest in books, and a stoic but interesting grumpy landlord farmer, Nina blooms into the an outgoing woman living her dream in a mobile bookshop.

If you are a fan of books like Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen or Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, then I highly recommend reading this selection!  The author has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you are there with her character, feeling the way the character does and traveling along with her.

(Amanda Sanson, Central Library)

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