The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Posted September 16, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Genres: Literary Fiction, Romance, Womens Fiction
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062467263
Purchase at: Amazon
Format: ARC
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Minx's Rating:

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.


This is a story about a librarian gone rouge. When the big bad takeover is looming Nina Redmond takes a wild risk and decides to take her dream of owning her own little book shop to a whole new level. She develops an idea for a mobile bookstore that goes from location to location sharing the joy of books with people of all ages, backgrounds and reading levels. How could I not want to read this book? I love the premise, too cute! What book lover does not dream of having their own little book something??

Unfortunately for Nina she put herself in a position that was almost over her head. All her original ideas were detoured as she had to make risky choices in order to obtain her dream that she had left everything for. Now she is in a new town having to strike out on her own and build a business model that most of her friends are calling her crazy over. Can she juggle a budding business, nay-sayers and romantic interests from different walks of life?

This story is adorable. I really enjoyed reading it. My biggest issue was that I felt that there were parts where the story was heading in a direction then all of a sudden we are at a new point and I was like “wait, where did we go?” I just felt that there should have been more descriptions or explanations at certain points. Other than that it was an absolutely adorable read and I highly recommend to all book lovers!

About Jenny Colgan

Author Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan was born in Scotland and has lived in London, the Netherlands, the U.S. and France. She eventually settled on the wettest of all of these places, and currently lives just North of Edinburgh with her husband Andrew, her dog Nevil Shute, and her three children: Wallace, who is 11 and likes pretending to be 19 and not knowing what this embarrassing ‘family’ thing is that keeps following him about; Michael-Francis, who is 9 and likes making new friends on aeroplanes, and Delphine who is 7 and is mostly raccoon as far as we can tell so far.  

Things Jenny likes include: cakes, far too much Doctor Who, wearing Converse trainers every day so her feet are now just gigantic big flat pans; baths only slightly cooler than the surface of the sun and very very long books, the longer the better. 

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