The Bookshop on the Corner

The Bookshop on the Corner

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062567529
Branch Call Number: FIC COLGAN 2016
Characteristics: xiv, 332 pages, 19 pages ; 21 cm


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“Despite losing her job as a librarian who liked to put the right book into a patron’s hands, Nina continues her mission by moving to rural Scotland, purchasing a van, converting it into a bookmobile,and taking to the road. The plot revolves around the romance of the road, the romance of books an... Read More »

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Sep 02, 2019

Nice story love story. Bookshop in a van. Small farming town. Train

Jun 13, 2019

2016; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins
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This is such a sweet story...a great read on rainy weekend or a beach read. It is not your standard romance story but more of a journey of finding yourself and your place home. It reminded me a bit of Chocolat, except it is books and reading versus sweets and eating. I was hooked right away when poor Nina lost her library job, and she decided to take a chance on her passion. It is something I would love to do, but am not that gutsy at all. I relate to Nina when it comes to reading and books. I write book reviews and love recommending as I love when someone gets excited over a story like I do. Matching a book to a reader is one of the best feelings. I also love "rescuing" books, and find it hard to part with them. The setting of a small village in Scotland was so picturesque, I want to live there. And, can I say, how great is it to have an Indian character in a book about books! I do wish Surinder was a reader and the main character but still great to have her as the best friend and without all the stereotyping. I enjoyed listening to this on audio a lot!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

May 25, 2019

Easy, fun, charming book. The plot is simple enough, but it has enough twists to make it interesting.
I loved the setting and the characters, and of course the books!
It was exactly what I needed, a simple and uplifting book.
My only quibble is with the title since the book is not on the corner...

JCLKariE May 02, 2019

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan pulled me in immediately. Colgan’s breezy, witty writing style made this novel a joy to read. The novel captures so many emotions just right. Nina’s many issues with her huge van make me chuckle; as do her mishaps with love. The lush descriptions of the beautiful Scotland Highlands and the friendly locals makes me want to visit and see it for myself.

Mar 30, 2019

First book I've read from Jenny Colgan - love love loved it, couldn't put it down. Made me want to go visit Scotland even more since it's part of my heritage.

Jan 23, 2019

Another good read from Jenny Colgan. Set in the Scottish highlands - makes you want to move there! Very enjoyable :-)

Dec 26, 2018

An easy, light read. Reminds me of the stories by Maeve Binchy. I like that it is set in the Scottish Highlands.

Oct 06, 2018

Colgan has a theme: woman becomes redundant (Fired, Dumped, or otherwise out of work) uses her severance pay to start her dream business, finds love. I enjoy her books and encourage others to read them because they are sweet, hopeful, and talk about the need for friends and community. Usually about a 6 or 7 hour read, but the time flies because I become engrossed in the story and allow myself to float along with the character as she discovers friends, learns to trust her community, and discovers she can stand on her own--as long as she remembers she is part of a community.

dustbunny53 Sep 28, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Now I think that Scotland may be my next travel destination.

May 15, 2018

Nina Redmond, a bookish librarian, is laid off from her job in Birmingham. In a moment of bravery, she buys an old van in Scotland that she converts into a traveling book store. When she lands in Kerrinfief, Nina slowly realizes that it's her fate to be here. As she becomes involved in the village and surrounding countryside, Nina also begins to blossom. Although there's the predictable romance with the handsome, local farmer, Colgan portrays all the charm and warmth of the Scottish countryside and its people during a particular enchanting summer. This book is best suited for that sorely-needed vacation read when all belief can be suspended.

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ArapahoeDagmar Feb 19, 2018

Favorite quote from this book:
"Nina sat back down and started reading aloud from "Up on the Rooftops", and the twins quieted down immediately - not because they could follow the story, but because the soothing cadence of somebody reading always had a transformative effect on babies; Griffin's theory was that children were evolutionarily engineered to listen to stories, because it stopped them from wandering off into the woods and getting eaten by hairy mammoths."


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