About The Bookshop on the Corner
• Paperback: 368 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 20, 2016) “Losing myself in Jenny Colgan’s beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages.”—Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Secrets 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.
I'm going to be honest here - I went into this book fully expecting to really like it. I mean it's a mobile bookshop - how could I not? Than when I opened the book I was greeted by a delightful introduction written by the author about all the possible places to read and their challenges and advantages and then I was pretty sure that not only was I going to like the book but that Jenny Colgan falls on my "kindred spirit" list. And my initial thoughts were so right. Not only did I like this book but I LOVED this book and I loved it right from the beginning. I clicked with Nina right away which surprised me as she definitely starts out a bit on the nervous side but I loved her love of books and her feelings that there is the right book for everyone jst waiting to be found. And really it only got better. The only thing I enjoy more than a bookish book is a book about someone who finds their place in the world and figures out what really makes them happy and really this book does both gloriously.
Basically this book was total and complete comfort reading. It is the bookish equivalent of the very best comfort food eaten in front of a cozy fire while wearing the softest comfiest clothes and wrapped in the warmest of blankets all while rain falls on on a metal roof overhead. And I also want to move it Scotland.