How to Find Love in a Bookshop
by Veronica Henry
Many of you know by now how drawn I am to certain titles and premises (Paris, anyone?). Well, bookshops are another, so it’s no surprise I checked out this book. I picked it up just the other night and read it in one sitting. It was adorable, endearing and engrossing. There were lots of characters and I got completely swept up into all of their stories and wanted to know what was going to happen to each one of them. I was hooked by the first page, which I think is a mark of a well-written book. I think I especially enjoyed this story because it was so sweet and endearing. The characters were relatable and most of the book took place around a bookshop . . . how much better can it be?
The story follows Emilia, the bookshop owner’s daughter. She loves books and her father, and comes rushing home from overseas when her father’s health fails. He passes away and she decides to keep the bookshop running even though it is a huge endeavor. She has multiple speed bumps that come her way, including massive debt and a flood, but she is determined to persevere. There are quite a few other story lines as well from new mom, Bea, who misses her former designer job; to Jackson who has recently separated from his girlfriend, but wants to reconnect and build a family with their son; to Thomasina, a shy cook and baker trying to build her life and may just be falling in love; to Sarah, who had a special connection with Julius and wants Emilia to know; to several other characters as well. Spoilers: Emilia is able to rebuild and brand her father’s shop and is successful. She also falls in love with Marlowe, who also knew and loved her father. Sarah becomes a mother of sorts to Emilia (who lost her own mother in childbirth), and all the couples that come in and out of the story end up with happy endings!
Summing it up: I loved this simple, heartfelt story and highly recommend it!
Some memorable quotes:
“After all, a town without a bookshop was a town without a heart.” – Julius
“And she knew, from all the books she had ever read, that life was complicated, that love sprang from nowhere sometimes, and that forbidden love wan’t always something to be ashamed of.” – Emilia
“It was an unusual situation, thought Emilia, but then — what was usual? The whole point of life was you couldn’t ever be sure what would happen next. Sometimes what happened was good, sometimes not, but there were always surprises.” – Emilia