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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

How to Find Love in a Bookshop...#BookReview

About the book:
The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart.

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers--a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father's death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.

There's Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there's a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage--she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings.

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future--and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

I love it when a book envelops you and wraps you up warm and cozy while you read it. Then, when the last page is turned, it squeezes for a moment as if to say, "Thank you for reading me" and gently releases its grasp and lets you go.

I adore a bookshop where I can browse and select title after title to peruse before choosing something to take home. If that shop has someone in it who loves to talk and share books, even better.

Nightingale Books is that shop. The stories of Julian and Rebecca and Sarah; of Alice and Jackson and Emilia; Thomasina and Jem and everyone else are a little bit magical. Their lives intertwine and are brought together by books and the haven that is Nightingale Books.

Perhaps it was a bit predictable to some, but this story captured me and I savored every turn of the page, wondering what would happen next.

How to Find Love in a Bookshop was a joy to read. Truly. I believe in magic. I believe in the magic of people and the magic of kindness and the beautiful magic of books. Nightingale Books is a place I will return to again.

Read 10/19

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5/5 Stars


  1. This is such a great post. My kids roll their eyes but I insist we visit indie bookstores in whatever place we go to. Some people go to local breweries? I go to local bookstores.

  2. Sounds such a good read. Thank you for the review.