The Little Shop of Happy Ever After

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After

Book - 2016
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Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly - dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books...not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing...
Publisher: London, Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group,, 2016.
London : HarperCollins, 2016.
ISBN: 9780751553932
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 20 cm.

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DBRL_KatieL Jul 10, 2017

A good weekend or vacation read, but nothing life altering or something to keep you up past your bed time.

Nina lives in England where apparently libraries are being closed and 'media centers' are opening, but not to the same extent. This leaves library staff at loose ends desperate to find employment and save their books. Nina gets the idea to buy a van (more of a box truck) and open a mobile bookstore with all the books she is saving from the trash as her library closes. She falls in love with a van in Scotland, and upon purchasing the van falls in love with the area the owner of the van is from. She then learns how impossible it would be to park and operate her mobile bookshop in the more populated areas, so she moves to Scotland and essentially begins a new life.

A good story for book lovers, those who enjoy sharing books, or like novels about modern day Scotland and its communities. Along with Nina we experience the community and the scenery, and her passion for finding readers their perfect book. But as I mentioned above there is nothing to keep you glued to the book, no dramatic scenes you must finish before turning out the light, or cliffhanging chapters that will make you binge read.

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heatherand
Jun 27, 2017

Loved it, it checked all my boxes. Story about a librarian, bonny Scotland and a young woman taking life by the horns.

samdog123 May 15, 2017

A welcome read that will be a good change of pace from serious fiction, mystery or historical fiction. Nina loses her job as a librarian and follows her dream to create a travelling bookshop in an old van. In the wilds of Scotland, she comes to love the setting and the people--but that landlord, what a difficult, though attractive fellow he is....will be sure to read more Jenny Colgan over the summer.

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Starpoem
May 06, 2017

This book left me with mixed feelings. I loved the way that the main character revamped her life. I loved the snippet of Russian poetry that's included in the story. I loved the sprinkling of Doctor Who references. But I didn't love the way that life in Scotland seemed too good to be true. (I'm sure it's a great place, but no place is *that* perfect.) And I didn't love either of the so-called romances in the book; I found both of them disturbing rather than romantic. Overall I'd say that this is a flawed book that is still worth reading.

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precious4
Mar 07, 2017

am disappointed this book is not available in the book format.

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abbi_g
Feb 20, 2017

If you're a lover of novels, then you'll definitely appreciate Jenny Colgan's, The Bookshop On The Corner. It's well-written and is a perfect read for a rainy weekend at home. I'm definitely going to check out some of her other books.

Katherine_A Feb 09, 2017

If you are looking for a fun read for a beach vacation or a snowy day in the mountains, look no further. The main character, Nina, and the various situations she encounters will have you laughing out loud. A nice romantic comedy set in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.

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thedeej12
Feb 06, 2017

This is a heart-warming book. As an avid reader, I could relate to Nina's passion for books and opening up her own traveling bookstore. With today's technology, the art of reading a "book" is becoming sadly obsolete. Good read.

Riddlereads Jan 24, 2017

What I loved about this book is that it's a story of a strong woman who completely reinvents her life in a bold and daring way. The setting is lovely and well-described (Highlands of Scotland). There is a bit of cheesy romance, but if you don't mind that it's worth a read.

cmlibrary_lmansfield Dec 29, 2016

I loved this charming novel about a librarian who changes her life and opens a mobile bookshop. A fun, romantic, and addictive read. The book is set in Scotland, which the author describes in dreamy detail (it's now on my travel bucket list). The romance and ending is predictable, but I enjoyed it anyway.

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