How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry

Book is due to be published: 16 June 2016

Emilia Nightingale’s life has been turned upside down.  She is trying to deal with grief whilst also keeping a struggling business running.  Unsure of what she wants in life Emilia is leaning on those around her whilst she makes it through each day, until in the end she can decide what it is she wants and how she is going to get it.  Read as she comes up against problems, finds out secrets, makes new friends and discovers what, and who, she loves.  At the same time follow the lives of those around her, as they deal with lifes ups and downs.

Veronica Henry is a British script-writer and author of Romance fiction.  In the past she has worked on the The Archers and for various TV shows, and also written for Heartbeat and Holby City.  This is her 16th book and her last book, High Tide, was a Top 10 bestseller.

HowToFindLoveInABookShopHow to Find Love in a Book Shop is focussed on Emilia Nightingale who is dealing with working through grief and keeping a business running.  You follow her story as she finds her way through her struggles, and also follow the stories of various other characters linked to the bookshop.  The bookshop is in a small but active village and seems to be an important part of residents lives.  One particular quote that stood out to me was “… a town without a bookshop was a town without a heart” and you really do get the impression that this bookshop and owner, are at the heart of this small town/village.

I absolutely loved reading this book, in fact I read it in just two sittings as I couldn’t put it down.  There is some sadness woven through it, but not so much that the book is depressing.  In fact, Henry manages to get the balance of sadness/hope/happiness just right.  All the characters are so likeable, well with the exception of one, and you do find yourself really rooting for things to work out for them.  Two of my favourite characters in the book (other than Emilia) were Thomasina and Dillon, I loved following their stories and seeing how things unfolded.  You see the struggles that are happening in the lives of all the characters, and you can’t help but care and hope that they manage to find their way.  The characters are also really easy to relate to, when you read the book they feel like real people.  I really enjoyed following the journey of Emilia, at the beginning she’s trying so hard to ‘find herself’ and work out what it is she wants, and at the end you feel as though she’s made that discovery and understands and knows herself so much better.

Henry also dotted short lists of books throughout, where each list was linked to a different character in the book.  This was a really lovely touch and I enjoyed reading all of the lists.  They all felt like recommendations and it has definitely helped me expand on my list of future reads!

This is very much a book for someone who likes to read Romances but doesn’t want too much drama.  Just a storyline that flows at a good pace and branches out as it goes.  I found it so easy to follow, even though it flitted between characters, it was extremely well structured.  I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends and I would be surprised if this is not another Top 10 bestseller like Henry’s last book.

(Thank you to Orion Books and LoveReading for my pre-released copy of the book.)