[Book Talk] The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

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Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
Read: November 2016

Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts

This was so good! When I think about books I love to read, this is it. It’s the kind of book that I want to live in, with the main character, Nina, deciding to go and follow her dreams of opening up a bookshop in a new place, just starting her life over and doing something she never thought she’d be able to do.

I loved all the characters, the setting (Scotland!), the books … it was definitely romanticized, but in such a good way. The only misleading thing is that there is no actual bookshop “on the corner” which I thought was a little weird – I mean, why call the book that when it’s not true? – but it was still such a fun and cute read.

And there was romance! I loved the romance. It was a bit predictable, but still so great to read. This book really made me a fan of Colgan’s writing and I plan to read more of her stuff soon!

Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

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wedding nightTitle: Wedding Night 
Author:
Sophie Kinsella
Date(s) read:
May 13 – 15, 2013
Genre:
Chick Lit
Source:
Library (Hardcover)

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Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

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I simple ADORE Sophie Kinsella. When I’m feeling down or maybe a bit bored with my reading, I know that one of her books will pick me up. No, they’re not literary classics, but they’re FUN — and sometimes we need that in our reading!

This book really was no different than some of her last ones. It was just a fun, fun read and exactly what I was looking for. One thing I love about the characters in Sophie’s books is that you come to care about them — you feel for them, even if they’re making stupid mistakes. And while you’re caring, you’re laughing, because you really can’t NOT laugh while reading one of these books.

I loved that this book was written with two narrators, Lottie and Fliss, two sisters. It was also great that it wasn’t solely about Lottie, but also about Fliss and her search for romance and love.

Of course, it’s not like this book is realistic AT ALL, but that’s so not the point. One thing that you have to remember when you go into reading a book like this is that no, it might not happen in real life, but isn’t that why we read books like this? The setting was a perfect escape and the characters provided heart and a bit of comedy. I FLEW through this book and I’m so happy I could get my hands on it (big thanks to the ladies I work with, who lent it to me before it got on the shelves!).

Sophie Kinsella will always be one of those “must-buy” authors on my list because her books are just the perfect read for a dreary day, or even for a sunny day on the deck or at the beach!

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BOOK REVIEW: Forgotten, by Catherine McKenzie

RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2012
AUTHOR LINKS: WEB / TWITTER / GOODREADS / FACEBOOK
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Canada
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: Purchased
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When everyone thinks you’re dead, how do you start your life over again?

Emma Tupper, a young lawyer with a bright future, sets out on a journey after her mother’s death: to Africa, a place her mother always wanted to visit. But her mother’s dying gift has unexpected consequences. Emma falls ill during the trip and is just recovering when a massive earthquake hits, turning her one-month vacation into a six-month ordeal. 

When Emma returns home, she’s shocked to find that her friends and colleagues believed she was dead, that her apartment has been rented to a stranger and that her life has gone on without her. Can Emma pick up where she left off? Should she? As Emma struggles to recreate her old life, everyone around her thinks she should change – her job, her relationships, and even herself. But does she really want to sacrifice everything she’s working so hard to gain?

MY REVIEW

I am quickly falling in love with Catherine McKenzie, a Canadian author who I just found earlier this year (ok, I didn’t find her, but she’s a new discovery for me who now has her own shelf space in my home library). Continue reading