Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Bookshop on the Corner

The Bookshop on the CornerAuthor: Jenny Colgon
Info: William Morrow Paperbacks, copyright 2016, 368 pages

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.

~Goodreads Description

Nina is a librarian who is no longer a librarian.  Lay offs leave her wondering where her life is going to take her at the same time that her roommate is demanding she do something about the piles of books cluttering up their apartment.  Solution - Scotland (which, as I discovered this summer, is ALWAYS the right solution to a problem).  Nina's big dream of connecting the right book with the right reader leads her to purchasing a van and transforming it into a mobile bookstore.

This might be my new dream (which my boss does not approve of) - a quaint town in Scotland (preferably in the Highlands), a van full of books, and a community of readers eager to get their hands on their next favorite story.  That's the part of the book I enjoyed.  Nina wasn't really a go-getter.  She was timid and nervous, and yet she found the courage to strike out and try something new.  She went looking for her best life, and she found it in an unexpected place.  I just kind of love that.

The romance - it was a bit predictable and very rushed toward the end of the book.  Part of me wishes it wasn't there, at least the one that stuck.  It would have been far more interesting watching Nina's fierce independence happen on her own, but so it goes.

This was the perfect summer read, especially a summer that took me to Scotland.  I'm already dreaming of a return trip and looking for another read that is sweet and suited for book nerds just like this one.

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