Published by Hachette UK on June 16th 2016
Genres: Fiction, General, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Women
Everyone has a story . . . but will they get the happy ending they deserve?
Emilia has just returned to her idyllic Cotswold hometown to rescue the family business. Nightingale Books is a dream come true for book-lovers, but the best stories aren't just within the pages of the books she sells - Emilia's customers have their own tales to tell.
There's the lady of the manor who is hiding a secret close to her heart; the single dad looking for books to share with his son but who isn't quite what he seems; and the desperately shy chef trying to find the courage to talk to her crush . . .
And as for Emilia's story, can she keep the promise she made to her father and save Nightingale Books?
How To Find Love In A Bookshop is literally the perfect book for book lovers. I mean – come on, is there anything better for a bookworm than a book that features a bookshop? It’s like nirvana for us book nerds. So, of course, as soon as I heard about Veronica Henry’s new book I had to read it. I had to wait a little while, as I was second in the queue to get it from my library (grrrrr) but it came! It arrived! And it was just as fantastic as I expected from a book with a bookshop in it. I highly doubt there could be a bad book with a bookshop in it, it’s just physically impossible. The only disappointment? That Nightingale Books is not a real book shop because it sounded absolutely divine. Like how I feel about Waterstones, but better so the fact I can’t go and visit this book shop makes me so sad, and I would be so, so interested in where Veronica got her inspiration for Nightingale Books.
How To Find Love In A Bookshop features many characters, but the recurring theme is the fact that Julius Nightingale meant something to all of them, and as such so did Nightingale Books, none more so than his daughter, Emilia, who is left to pick up the pieces after his death, but she’s not alone! Because like I said, Julius was important to so many people – the staff at Nightingale Books, Thomasina, who is so shy, but so sweet, Sarah, who was very close to Julius, everyone Julius met he touched and that’s the feeling you get from this book, it’s so warm. so homely,
I knew as soon as I started it that I was going to enjoy this book and it was to my eternal sadness that we only see a little bit of Julius himself, because what we do see of him shows that he was a great, great man and I would have loved more of him, but from what we saw of him he really was a tremendous man. I imagined myself going into the shop when he was alive and getting fabulous recommendations from him – and even from Emilia, and everyone else who worked there, it seemed like the greatest place to work, ever, and Julius’s spirit is always there, he’s always in the background. You really could lose yourself in this book, and imagine yourself living in Peasebrooke, and going to Peasebrooke manor, or having dinner A Deux with Thomasina.
I really, thoroughly enjoyed How To Find Love In A Bookshop. It was an absolute delight, from start to finish. I cared about all of the characters, I rooted for them, I wanted the best for them. This is by far my favourite read from Veronica and I love how her books are so thoughtful and warm, I got the warm and fuzzies numerous times while reading and that’s just the best feeling in the world. This was such a great read, I loved and devoured it very, very quickly.