☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
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?
The residents of Peasebrook are like planets drawn into the gravitational pull of the Nightingale Bookshop. They’re distinct and disconnected for now, but their orbital paths are soon to cross.
Julius Nightingale studiously chose Peasebrook for the location of his bookstore. His choice probably had more to do with financial success than it did on trying to have an impact on a small community. However, he became the trusted friend and confidante of his customers. After his passing, his daughter, Emelia, finds herself in the same position. She appreciates but doesn’t understand the generosity of her customers. Just like her father, she, and Nightingale Books, provides the community with so much more than reading material, and the residents would do anything to keep the shop open. While they are busily helping Emelia and memorializing Julius, the residents’ paths start to cross one another.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop is a book for book lovers. It is about books and people who share the love of books. It is also about love—love between parent and child, love between friends, and yes, love between spouses and lovers. The beginning of the book is a little chaotic–a bit like I imagined the bookshop to be under Julius’ management—with chapters introducing the various characters and their relationship with the bookshop. You have to wade through several of those chapters before author Veronica Henry begins to pull the storylines together, but once those planets’ orbits begin to cross, the Ms. Henry’s novel really takes off.
The characters range from cheese monger, lady of the manor, gadabout boyfriend, stay-at-home, to gardener, et al. The bookshop in some way impacts each of the motely cast, and many have a hand at keeping Nightingale Books going. As they lend a helping hand to Emelia, their lives cross and they find or rekindle love. The leisurely pace of the story allows for great character development. The ending is conveniently wrapped up in each of the potential couples finding love, but the story is no less charming for it. Whether intended or not, Ms. Henry’s novel gives readers a reason to frequent a brick-and-mortar bookstore and engage in a conversation with another booklover. You never know what could result from the encounter!