The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan book review

the little shop of happy ever after

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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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…

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc  in return for an honest review.

Oh my I absolutely and utterly adored this book.  I didn’t want it to end and now I’ve finished reading it I want to go back to the beginning and devour it all over again.  It was such a warm hearted story full of hope, romance and inspiration.

Nina is a book addict she’s just recently lost her job in a library in Birmingham and is feeling lost without being near and working with books.  For a long time Nina has had a vision of owning her own book shop.  She decides to go one step further when she sees a wonderful, charming van for sale in Scotland and dreams of turning this van into a mobile book shop.  On a whim and a dream this petite young woman from the city up sticks and moves to a tiny village in Scotland to transform a van into her ultimate dream job of a mobile bookshop.

Nina’s dream doesn’t go without hitches.  We follow Nina on her journey of making her dream a reality, of settling in a new country, of making new friends and new loves.

When you open a Jenny Colgan book you are guaranteed a book full of wonderful characters and I adored Nina and her head full of dreams instantly.  I also fell for her grumpy new landlord and loved hearing more about him and the banter Nina and Lennox shared.  Jenny had created such a wonderful setting for this novel, I loved the sound of the Scottish village.  I could picture the vast countryside with changing colours, contours and temperatures.  I felt like I was living out my own dreamworld with this story.  Which book fan doesn’t dream of working with books all day and spreading the love of reading?

I have to also point out the cover of this novel, the illustration on the cover was perfect.  Bright, cheerful, dreamy looking.  I love these illustrated covers of Jenny’s novels and the black and white images interspersed within the pages.

A gorgeous book I could devour again and again.  5/5*

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