I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Victoria Connelly’s The Book Lovers series. This series is a set of four standalone stories centred around the Nightingale family in a small town in the English countryside. The family adore books and have dedicated their personal and working life around them. Each book can be read as a standalone story as they focus on one of the Nightingale family members however, the characters lives do develop from each story and crop up in future stories. I would highly recommend reading the books in order to gain a complete reading experience of this gorgeous set of stories. The books in the series in order are:
Book 1: The Book Lovers
Book 2: Rules For a Successful Book Club you can read my audio book review here
Book 3: Natural Born Readers
Book 4: Scenes from a Country Bookshop
I have the pleasure of sharing a review of Book 4: Scenes from a Country Bookshop.
Scenes from a Country Bookshop written by Victoria Connelly, publisher Notting Hill Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
To buy link: https://amzn.to/3eXTKok
Love can sometimes be really complicated…
Josh Nightingale has always been married to his books. Happy to run his bookshop in the small town of Castle Clare, he’s never really had time for romance and truly believes that he’s never going to fall in love. But, when April Channing opens a new shop opposite his, everything changes.
Sweet and attentive one moment, abrupt and aloof the next, Josh really can’t understand April at all. What exactly is going on? Josh is pretty sure that the answer can’t be found in a book.
Join the Nightingale family once again for this deliciously heartwarming novel, the forth in The Book Lovers series, by the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and A Weekend with Mr Darcy.
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I really enjoyed returning back to The Book Lovers series and reading Scenes from a Country Bookshop, I intend to read the other two books I haven’t yet read in the series before the summer is out.
There were moments of idyllic delight whilst reading Scenes from a Country Bookshop that had you all wistful for a life surrounded by books and art but then the author changes the scene and your emotions become heightened with the unfairness of life. A truly beautiful story that I devoured.
Josh Nightingale loves his job running the bookshop in Castle Clane he’s happily committed to his bookshop and relationships have never been in his game plan. However, when the vacant shop across the road is opened the new owner catches his eye. Josh is endearingly shy and his gentleman ways are so refreshing to read about.
April Channing has just moved to the area and is so excited about her new venture opening up her shop. April has an air of bohemia about her and her style of dress is unique but reminiscent to the artists of The Bloomsbury Group. When she meets Josh she is delighted to find a mutual interest in the love of arts and literature and a friendship soon blossoms. However, April is holding back a few secrets in her life that she is fearful of revealing and having her heart broken.
Scenes from a Country Bookshop is such a lovely read. I enjoyed the interactions within the family group and with the older members of the community. Josh has a wonderful friendship with an elderly customer and I enjoyed this partnership as much as the other character interactions. Victoria Connelly has cleverly woven a story within a story and I found myself captivated and touched by both.
Delightful, poignant and beautifully romantic.
About the Author
Victoria Connelly is the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.
With over one million sales, her books have been translated into a dozen languages. The first, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria flew to Berlin to see it being made and even played a cameo role in it.
A Weekend with Mr Darcy, the first in her popular Austen Addicts series about fans of Jane Austen has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of several romantic comedies including The Runaway Actress which was nominated for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Best Romantic Comedy of the Year.
Victoria was brought up in Norfolk, England before moving to Yorkshire where she got married in a medieval castle. After 11 years in London, she moved to rural Suffolk where she lives in a Georgian cottage with her artist husband, a Springer spaniel and her ex-battery hens.
She’s written about her experience of country life in three volumes of autobiography: Escape to Mulberry Cottage, A Year at Mulberry Cottage and Summer at Mulberry Cottage.
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You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and at facebook.com/victoriaconnelly