April 30, 2018

Book Review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.

There’s Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage—she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings.

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future—and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

All the diamonds in the world are nothing in comparison.  Books are more precious than jewels.

Every once in a while, I just crave a novel about or set in a book store because 1) I know it’s going to celebrate books and speak my language and 2) I sometimes pine for the days when I used to work in a book store and the close friendships I formed there. Book people are the best people there are.

"'It must happen to you all the time,' said Sarah. 'People telling you how much a book has meant.'

"'Yes,' said Julius. 'Its why I do what I do.  There’s a book for everyone, even if they don’t think there is.  A book that reaches in and grabs your soul.'”

So of course when I heard the title of this book I immediately perked up – I just had to read it. I thought I knew what it was going to be like and how it was going to go – but in the most pleasant way, it surprised me. With a title like that, you think it’s going to be all meet-cutes in a small town but in actuality, there are some sad moments.  Unrequited love, tragedy, and messy details of real life. But there’s also enchantment and, yes, happily ever afters, some of which were unexpected. 

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 wasn’t always something to be ashamed of.

Not only did this novel satisfy my itch for novels set in bookstores, but it also spoke to my love for food and makeovers. If that combination sounds appealing – then you MUST read this book!


  1. I loved this one, too!!! I'm planning on reading Everything You Need to Know About Rocket's soon because it's based on a true story. Have you heard about it?

    1. The Rockets title intrigued me so I looked it up. While it sounds like right up my alley, there is a very disturbing review in Goodreads about the author’s friend trolling reviewers. If I read it, I might just not post anything about it to avoid being harassed.