The Bookshop on the Corner

The Bookshop on the Corner

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062567529
0062567527
Branch Call Number: FIC COLGAN, JENNY
Characteristics: xiv, 332, 19 pages ; 24 cm

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LauraSteinert
Oct 06, 2018

Colgan has a theme: woman becomes redundant (Fired, Dumped, or otherwise out of work) uses her severance pay to start her dream business, finds love. I enjoy her books and encourage others to read them because they are sweet, hopeful, and talk about the need for friends and community. Usually about a 6 or 7 hour read, but the time flies because I become engrossed in the story and allow myself to float along with the character as she discovers friends, learns to trust her community, and discovers she can stand on her own--as long as she remembers she is part of a community.

dustbunny53 Sep 28, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Now I think that Scotland may be my next travel destination.

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TheresaAJ
May 15, 2018

Nina Redmond, a bookish librarian, is laid off from her job in Birmingham. In a moment of bravery, she buys an old van in Scotland that she converts into a traveling book store. When she lands in Kerrinfief, Nina slowly realizes that it's her fate to be here. As she becomes involved in the village and surrounding countryside, Nina also begins to blossom. Although there's the predictable romance with the handsome, local farmer, Colgan portrays all the charm and warmth of the Scottish countryside and its people during a particular enchanting summer. This book is best suited for that sorely-needed vacation read when all belief can be suspended.

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bookscoutshawna
Apr 20, 2018

So cozy and cute! This book set me on the path to read ALL of the Jenny Colgan books!

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SFBookAddict
Nov 20, 2017

I wanted to read something light and fun, found this book by chance at a rarely visited branch and it was the perfect choice. A great escape and wonderful story about dedicated librarian Nina whose beloved library is reorganized, the books discarded and she's out of job trying to figure out what to do with her life. Her crusade to rescue books and make them available to those who don't have access to a library and bookshop is a brilliant solution and such a worthy cause. It's not easy starting a new life, and I admire the heroine's courage and resourcefulness to pursue her heart. I also love the author's digs about libraries becoming more like coffee shops and less temples of books. I loved this book --- it made me happy and hopeful. I was more interested in how Nina goes about executing her plan than her romances. I agree that the book's title doesn't coincide with the plot. Still, it is definitely worth reading. I plan to check out author Jenny Colgan's other books.

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24158oo226o634
Oct 22, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't all light and feathery humor, but neither did in bog down in dark and dreary. I actually enjoyed this better than 'Bakery'. Don't know if that's because I'd Bakery first and knew something of her writing or it's just a better book to me. I have to admit being smitten by the idea of the van o' books. Happy sigh.

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jsejordana
Oct 21, 2017

Adorable and fun little read, particularly good as assistance during a droughtlander.

Gina_Vee Oct 15, 2017

This was a great book. It's definitely one you can get lost in (the good kind of lost). I can't wait to read her other books now!

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.

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ArapahoeDagmar Feb 19, 2018

Favorite quote from this book:
"Nina sat back down and started reading aloud from "Up on the Rooftops", and the twins quieted down immediately - not because they could follow the story, but because the soothing cadence of somebody reading always had a transformative effect on babies; Griffin's theory was that children were evolutionarily engineered to listen to stories, because it stopped them from wandering off into the woods and getting eaten by hairy mammoths."

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