Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Book Store on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (forthcoming 2016)

The Book Shop on the Corner by New York Times Bestselling author Jenny Clogan is a lot of fun, a novel about a young woman who leads a reading centered life and also has sex with a Scotish Farmer with six pack abs, in his barn.  She was a librarian in Birmingham, England but government cut backs caused her to be laid off from a job she totally loved.  The thing she liked most about being a librarian was finding books that are right for library patrons.  She is kind of a "book matchmaker".  Nina all her life loved books.  When the library closed down they were throwing out thousands of books.  She knew libraries and book stores all over The U.K. were closing down.  

Nina finds an ad for a vehicle that used to be a food van.  The van is up in Scotland.  Nina has a few months severance pay so after a bit of country Scotish pub drama and humor, Nina owns a van.  She, with the help of her roommate and some new friends, fixes up her van, stocks it with books and begins driving it all over Scotland, selling books.  She is very good at finding the right books for her customers.  She meets some men, befriends a troubled teenage girl, and has her share of romantic drama.

This is a fast easy to read book.  The characters are well developed.  I liked it mostly for the descriptions of the books.  Nina as a reader and a book matchmaker was very convincing.  

I was given a review copy of this book. 

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Meet Me at the Cupcake Café, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland. (From Goodreads)

Mel u


Suko said...


This sounds like a fun book for book lovers! I've long been fascinated by bookmobiles. Your new blog header is good looking. I've finally posted on my blog (a few photos). Have a relaxing weekend.

Mel u said...

Suko, thanks so much for the kind words in the header pic.