The Bookshop on the Corner [book review]

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.

Synopsis via Goodreads

I have some issues with this book, don’t get me wrong, it was a good book and a cute story, but I feel like it could’ve been better.

First off, I just need to say how I relate to Nina with my love for books.  There really is nothing like suggesting a book to a patron and having them come back and tell me that they loved the book!  That is one of my favorite parts of my job – reader’s advisory.  And that is what Nina loves to do in this book.  So when she starts over and runs a mobile bookshop in a town that no longer as either a bookshop or library, she’s pairing off people with books left and right with great results.

I feel that the story kind of takes a turn after the ordeal with Marek.   The author takes that mess and throws Nina right into another prospective relationship and that is where the focus of the story is taken off the mobile bookshop.  Nina is still working it, of course, but it seems like she loses her passion for it for some time while her thoughts are constantly on the new relationship.  The relationship itself also feels like it was rushed because it happened later in the story.  I think if it had gone slower and the author left it as a potential relationship that would happen after the end of the story, it would’ve been better; let the readers play with the idea at the end instead.

Overall, I’d rate the book at 2.5 stars.  I liked it, but I just felt like I was just reading it to get done with it rather than really wanting to know what happened in the end.  Though the concept of the book makes me want to own my own little bookshop someday.

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