The Bookshop on the Corner

The Bookshop on the Corner

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop.

Nina 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 :, William Morrow,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780062567529
Characteristics: 272, 19 pages
Additional Contributors: Colgan, Jenny


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SPL_Sonya Jan 22, 2019

A heartwarming, romantic novel.

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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.

Apr 20, 2018

So cozy and cute! This book set me on the path to read ALL of the Jenny Colgan books!

Nov 20, 2017

I wanted to read something light and fun, found this book by chance at a rarely visited branch and it was the perfect choice. A great escape and wonderful story about dedicated librarian Nina whose beloved library is reorganized, the books discarded and she's out of job trying to figure out what to do with her life. Her crusade to rescue books and make them available to those who don't have access to a library and bookshop is a brilliant solution and such a worthy cause. It's not easy starting a new life, and I admire the heroine's courage and resourcefulness to pursue her heart. I also love the author's digs about libraries becoming more like coffee shops and less temples of books. I loved this book --- it made me happy and hopeful. I was more interested in how Nina goes about executing her plan than her romances. I agree that the book's title doesn't coincide with the plot. Still, it is definitely worth reading. I plan to check out author Jenny Colgan's other books.

Oct 22, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't all light and feathery humor, but neither did in bog down in dark and dreary. I actually enjoyed this better than 'Bakery'. Don't know if that's because I'd Bakery first and knew something of her writing or it's just a better book to me. I have to admit being smitten by the idea of the van o' books. Happy sigh.

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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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