First off, there is no “bookshop on the corner.” Nina Redmond is a librarian in Birmingham, England whose job has been eliminated when the library system downsizes. Nina decides to follow her dream of starting a bookstore. But, she has very little money so she settles for buying a big van and turning it into a mobile book shop. Nina is unlucky in love, but somewhat lucky in the bookselling business. What Nina has going for her is her love of books.
First published in England as The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After, Jenny Colgan’s romance novel is competently narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis. Normally, I don’t read (or listen) to novels like this, but I was drawn in by Nina’s love for books. Yes, at times the plot gets a little soapy, but the various characters and the occasionally humorous plot keeps things moving. If you’re in the mood for the adventures of a romantic book-lover, check this novel out. GRADE: B