The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I’m a sucker for a Jenny Colgan story – that wonderful mix of heart, story, characters and even romance that just transports me into another world.  That, to me, is the key to a story: immersing myself in a story so thoroughly that no effort is required to block out the ambient noise and movement around me. That is what this book did for me

The Bookshop on the Corner

Read  Consumed, Devoured this book in one sitting. If you are a book lover and read as voraciously as I do, you know that is a special moment.  And, who wouldn’t love a story with a heroine who finds herself and grabs her dreams all in one?

Nina is a bookworm, preferring books and stories to people, the outdoors, paperwork or dating. When her library branch in Birmingham is being closed for redundancy and realigned to better centralize and appeal, she’s facing a crisis.  Interviewing for the job she loves, matching books to readers in just the right way, she finds herself out of place, words and eventually a job.  The closing means she’s busy rescuing the discarded books and filling her flat with books, much to her roommate’s dismay. Never particularly confrontational, the petite Nina has spent her life in an almost apologetic manner: soft-spoken, hiding under her clothes, truly only coming to light with her nose in a book.

When a large van, perfect for a mobile shop appears on the internet, Nina hops a bus to the wilds of Scotland to take a look.  And here is where the story just jumps into wonderful.  North of nowhere, Scotland, Kirrinfief is typical of many small communities with a tiny mainstreet and hardscrabble living: farms, a pub, perhaps a school and a postman…but little else.  Their nearest library closed years before, and whether or not they know it, the people are dying for a good read to while away the long winter hours.

What emerges is the growth of Nina – finding her dream and voice in a place that doesn’t crowd her, doesn’t look over her tiny size and lose her in a crowd. With plenty of assistance from friends old and new, she’s brought into the community and becomes an integral cog: story hours for little ones, favored genres to others, gently encouraging those who haven’t read before to try it, even directing a little boy back to school. Nina fits and she’s never been happier.  Perhaps there are moments and descriptions that feel clichéd or stereotypical – but let’s be honest, there’s a ring of truth in many clichés and stereotypes, and the characters who become important to the story do develop into fully formed, living on the page people.

It’s so hard to write a review for a book that grabs you and drags you willingly into the story and setting. Book lovers who grew up reading everything they could touch will see a little bit of Nina in themselves.  And what are we as Bloggers if we don’t find that book that feels like we could be that character – and share it widely? Grab this book. Now.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Title: The Bookshop on the Corner
Author: Jenny Colgan
Also in this series: The Bookshop on the Shore, 500 Miles from You
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Romantic Elements
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062467255
Published on: 20 September, 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 368
Audio Length: 12 Hours
Rated: five-stars
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“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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Jenny Colgan

Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She is now working on her next novel.

She is married with Andrew, a marine engineer, and had three children, Wallace, Michael-Francis, and Delphie. She mostly lives in France, with frequent visits to London. She occasionally writes for The Guardian newspaper, as well as a TV series.

Her Doctor Who novel Dark Horizons is published under the name J.T. Colgan.