The bookshop on the corner A novel

Jenny Colgan

Book - 2016

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 st...orytelling. 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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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Love stories
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes "P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More..."
"Previously published in the UK under the title, The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After, by Little, Brown Book Group in 2016"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xiv, 332, 19 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780062467256
0062567527
9780062567529
0062467255
Main Author
Jenny Colgan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

All Nina has ever cared about is helping people find the right book. When she's downsized from her job as a librarian in Birmingham, England, she decides to open up her own bookshop, a bold move that ends up changing her whole life. It begins with an old bakery van she finds in a small Scottish village, which she converts to a bookstore on wheels. She then moves into a converted barn on a Highlands farm and begins selling at local market days, getting to know the villagers through their reading tastes. She even finds romantic options, with both a charismatic train conductor who passes through town and a gruff but caring farmer. Colgan's latest shares many themes with her popular Little Beach Street Bakery (2015) and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery (2016): a heroine who strikes out on her own, a picturesque setting, and charming small-town dalliances. Most of all, though, this cheering tale celebrates the many ways books bring people together. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

For young librarian Nina Redmond, nothing brings greater satisfaction than placing the perfect book in the hands of eager readers. To her dismay, her library in Birmingham, England, is downsizing and changing its focus. This presents petite, timid Nina with an opportunity to follow a dream of creating a bookstore on wheels. Relocating to the Scottish Highlands is an uncharacteristic act of daring for her. Driving an unwieldy mobile bookstore and living in a modernized remote barn introduces her to a world of small towns and stunning wide open spaces, along with a community of hungry readers. Nina blossoms as she matches books with both the young and old, all while engaging in two romantic flirtations. Who will win her heart, Lennox, a brusque sheep farmer working through a bitter divorce, or Marek, a lonely Latvian train engineer who leaves her romantic notes? VERDICT Colgan's latest (after Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery) gently acknowledges the UK's recent library funding problem as well as the new roles libraries are assuming. Scotland is a bonny setting for this funny, winsome novel that will appeal to fans of Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop.—Gloria Drake, Oswego P.L. Dist., IL. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A "literary matchmaker" who takes joy in pairing readers with perfect books moves from the city to a sleepy village where she becomes a bookmobile driver and rediscovers her senses of adventure and home while searching for a happy ending of her own. By the best-selling author of Little Beach Street Baker. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop. Nina 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop. Nina 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.