My bookish delight

A review of How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I'm guessing that it's no secret to most of you readers that librarians are drawn to books about books. Tell us a book is set in a library or book store, we're there. Tell us a book is about all the books someone else has read, we're there. We're pretty easy that way. In the case of How to Find Love in a Bookshop, the draw was well worth it. This is a warm, delightful book with interesting characters and just enough drama to keep me turning the pages.

Emilia Nightingale is grieving the loss of her father, Julius. She returned to the small town of Peasebrook to care for him and when he dies she takes on his greatest passion, Nightingale Books, the book shop that he loved. But while her father never let it show, the shop is struggling financially. And if Emilia can't get things going in a more positive economic direction she may have to sell out to the developer who wants the land. As Emilia struggles with her grief and the stresses of making a go of the book shop, she comes to know the regulars to whom the shop is more then just books. It's a place of refuge, connection and yes even love for them.

Though the description here makes it sound like this is pure sugar, that is not so. The inhabitants of the town lead complicated lives and struggle with their wants and desires and the vagaries of life. Add in all the talk of books and reading and you've got a gem of a book. If you enjoyed another bookish novel, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, then you'll want to check this one out.