How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
This is an enchanting novel. I laughed, I cried – I loved it.
Julius Nightingale is only 23 years old, with a baby daughter and mourning a wife who died in childbirth, when he purchases a building in the idyllic Cotswolds village of Peasebrook and opens a bookstore. Thirty-two years later, his daughter Emilia flies home from teaching English in Hong Kong to sit by his bedside as he dies.
Determined to keep open the bookstore that her father loved, and which provided the only home she has ever known (they lived upstairs from the shop), Emilia resigns from her Hong Kong job and takes over the bookstore she has inherited.
Her father was an old-fashioned bookseller who loved books, and whose customers loved him, but the store is in financial trouble when he dies. Emilia discovers this gradually … and also discovers friends both old and new who are willing to help her transform the bookshop to help it survive. On this journey, several people connected to the bookshop in various ways find love, including Emilia.
This is a heartwarming story, perfect for a day when you need a comfort read. If you like novels set in English villages with characters you’d like to be friends with, you might want to give this book a try. I loved it.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry, Penguin Random House Publishing, August 2017, 348 pages.
Full disclosure – I received a free digital advance copy of this book from FirstToRead.com in exchange for my honest review. (And yes, I was very surprised at how much I loved the first book I received from this program.)