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RATING: 4 STARS
2016; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins
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This is such a sweet story...a great read on rainy weekend or a beach read. It is not your standard romance story but more of a journey of finding yourself and your place home. It reminded me a bit of Chocolat, except it is books and reading versus sweets and eating. I was hooked right away when poor Nina lost her library job, and she decided to take a chance on her passion. It is something I would love to do, but am not that gutsy at all. I relate to Nina when it comes to reading and books. I write book reviews and love recommending as I love when someone gets excited over a story like I do. Matching a book to a reader is one of the best feelings. I also love "rescuing" books, and find it hard to part with them. The setting of a small village in Scotland was so picturesque, I want to live there. And, can I say, how great is it to have an Indian character in a book about books! I do wish Surinder was a reader and the main character but still great to have her as the best friend and without all the stereotyping. I enjoyed listening to this on audio a lot!
***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***
Easy, fun, charming book. The plot is simple enough, but it has enough twists to make it interesting.
I loved the setting and the characters, and of course the books!
It was exactly what I needed, a simple and uplifting book.
My only quibble is with the title since the book is not on the corner...
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan pulled me in immediately. Colgan’s breezy, witty writing style made this novel a joy to read. The novel captures so many emotions just right. Nina’s many issues with her huge van make me chuckle; as do her mishaps with love. The lush descriptions of the beautiful Scotland Highlands and the friendly locals makes me want to visit and see it for myself.
First book I've read from Jenny Colgan - love love loved it, couldn't put it down. Made me want to go visit Scotland even more since it's part of my heritage.
Another good read from Jenny Colgan. Set in the Scottish highlands - makes you want to move there! Very enjoyable :-)
An easy, light read. Reminds me of the stories by Maeve Binchy. I like that it is set in the Scottish Highlands.
Colgan has a theme: woman becomes redundant (Fired, Dumped, or otherwise out of work) uses her severance pay to start her dream business, finds love. I enjoy her books and encourage others to read them because they are sweet, hopeful, and talk about the need for friends and community. Usually about a 6 or 7 hour read, but the time flies because I become engrossed in the story and allow myself to float along with the character as she discovers friends, learns to trust her community, and discovers she can stand on her own--as long as she remembers she is part of a community.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Now I think that Scotland may be my next travel destination.
Nina Redmond, a bookish librarian, is laid off from her job in Birmingham. In a moment of bravery, she buys an old van in Scotland that she converts into a traveling book store. When she lands in Kerrinfief, Nina slowly realizes that it's her fate to be here. As she becomes involved in the village and surrounding countryside, Nina also begins to blossom. Although there's the predictable romance with the handsome, local farmer, Colgan portrays all the charm and warmth of the Scottish countryside and its people during a particular enchanting summer. This book is best suited for that sorely-needed vacation read when all belief can be suspended.
So cozy and cute! This book set me on the path to read ALL of the Jenny Colgan books!
I wanted to read something light and fun, found this book by chance at a rarely visited branch and it was the perfect choice. A great escape and wonderful story about dedicated librarian Nina whose beloved library is reorganized, the books discarded and she's out of job trying to figure out what to do with her life. Her crusade to rescue books and make them available to those who don't have access to a library and bookshop is a brilliant solution and such a worthy cause. It's not easy starting a new life, and I admire the heroine's courage and resourcefulness to pursue her heart. I also love the author's digs about libraries becoming more like coffee shops and less temples of books. I loved this book --- it made me happy and hopeful. I was more interested in how Nina goes about executing her plan than her romances. I agree that the book's title doesn't coincide with the plot. Still, it is definitely worth reading. I plan to check out author Jenny Colgan's other books.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't all light and feathery humor, but neither did in bog down in dark and dreary. I actually enjoyed this better than 'Bakery'. Don't know if that's because I'd Bakery first and knew something of her writing or it's just a better book to me. I have to admit being smitten by the idea of the van o' books. Happy sigh.
Adorable and fun little read, particularly good as assistance during a droughtlander.
This was a great book. It's definitely one you can get lost in (the good kind of lost). I can't wait to read her other books now!
A good weekend or vacation read, but nothing life altering or something to keep you up past your bed time.
Nina lives in England where apparently libraries are being closed and 'media centers' are opening, but not to the same extent. This leaves library staff at loose ends desperate to find employment and save their books. Nina gets the idea to buy a van (more of a box truck) and open a mobile bookstore with all the books she is saving from the trash as her library closes. She falls in love with a van in Scotland, and upon purchasing the van falls in love with the area the owner of the van is from. She then learns how impossible it would be to park and operate her mobile bookshop in the more populated areas, so she moves to Scotland and essentially begins a new life.
A good story for book lovers, those who enjoy sharing books, or like novels about modern day Scotland and its communities. Along with Nina we experience the community and the scenery, and her passion for finding readers their perfect book. But as I mentioned above there is nothing to keep you glued to the book, no dramatic scenes you must finish before turning out the light, or cliffhanging chapters that will make you binge read.
Loved it, it checked all my boxes. Story about a librarian, bonny Scotland and a young woman taking life by the horns.
A welcome read that will be a good change of pace from serious fiction, mystery or historical fiction. Nina loses her job as a librarian and follows her dream to create a travelling bookshop in an old van. In the wilds of Scotland, she comes to love the setting and the people--but that landlord, what a difficult, though attractive fellow he is....will be sure to read more Jenny Colgan over the summer.
This book left me with mixed feelings. I loved the way that the main character revamped her life. I loved the snippet of Russian poetry that's included in the story. I loved the sprinkling of Doctor Who references. But I didn't love the way that life in Scotland seemed too good to be true. (I'm sure it's a great place, but no place is *that* perfect.) And I didn't love either of the so-called romances in the book; I found both of them disturbing rather than romantic. Overall I'd say that this is a flawed book that is still worth reading.
If you're a lover of novels, then you'll definitely appreciate Jenny Colgan's, The Bookshop On The Corner. It's well-written and is a perfect read for a rainy weekend at home. I'm definitely going to check out some of her other books.
If you are looking for a fun read for a beach vacation or a snowy day in the mountains, look no further. The main character, Nina, and the various situations she encounters will have you laughing out loud. A nice romantic comedy set in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.
This is a heart-warming book. As an avid reader, I could relate to Nina's passion for books and opening up her own traveling bookstore. With today's technology, the art of reading a "book" is becoming sadly obsolete. Good read.
What I loved about this book is that it's a story of a strong woman who completely reinvents her life in a bold and daring way. The setting is lovely and well-described (Highlands of Scotland). There is a bit of cheesy romance, but if you don't mind that it's worth a read.
I loved this charming novel about a librarian who changes her life and opens a mobile bookshop. A fun, romantic, and addictive read. The book is set in Scotland, which the author describes in dreamy detail (it's now on my travel bucket list). The romance and ending is predictable, but I enjoyed it anyway.
If you're looking for a light, romantic read to curl up with on a snowy day with a hot cup of tea, this might be for you. I will admit I found myself growing frustrated with Nina at times for some of the decisions she makes, and it felt like everything worked out a little too easily for her. Even so, it's an enjoyable romance and the backdrop of the gorgeous Scottish Highlands doesn't hurt either.
This book was a cute adventure for any romantic booklover. Set in the hill of Scotland, a woman takes a "Under the Tuscan Sun"-like chance and starts a book shop out of a van. She miraculously gets an adorable place to live, a love interest or two and finds the way back to herself and what she always wanted. It's THAT book, but if you are in the mood for THAT book, it's a good one to pick up. Especially for those of us that love everything book related.