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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Bookshop on the Corner

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Warning - This Review Contains Spoilers - Spoilers Section Will Be Warned Ahead Of Time

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2


"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."


 

The Bookshop on the Corner is a fiction novel by Jenny Colgan and is the first entry in the Scottish Bookshop series.


First and foremost, this book misled me. I went into this wanting to read about Nina and her moving bookshop, and what I got instead was mostly a melodramatic romance. Now, I am not against romance in books, but in this case, it was not really what I wanted the focus of the book to be on. There are spoilers ahead, so if you don't want any spoilers, you can stop reading before the spoiler section.


Overall, I came for a story about books and got some bad romances instead. I also do not know what the 2nd book is going to be about. I know that there is a small area where you can expand the story, but I feel like this could have been wrapped up completely and be a standalone.


Spoilers Ahead

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The way the romance progressed was also something I was not overly fond of. You have Nina's first romantic interest, who turned out to be married and wasn't at all bothered by the fact that he cheating because he was lonely. For a second I thought that Nina was going to entertain the idea too, which would have not been okay.


Then there was Nina's second love interest, her landlord, who you knew for the entire book that she was going to end up with him. My issue with this relationship was that it missed a step. It went from Nina constantly complaining about him (for absolutely no reason) to them confessing their desire for each other. It was too insta-love for me and that is never a good trope to have.




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