The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel

The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel

by Jenny Colgan

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062467263
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 5,584
File size: 831 KB

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

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The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful scenic descriptions without being overly wordy. Her love of sharing books is infectious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was an absolute joy from beginning to end! Sometimes you're lucky enough to find a book that reminds you why you love books. This one made me smile :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured it. Great read for people who love books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good light read that I couldn't put down. . I'm fromthe US but love Scotland and the Highlands ( been there twice ) so I could picture myself in the book and enjoying the journey of tree main character. Wish I could live in Scotland and for that reason I always seem to choose books set in the UK (and Ireland, love it there too.) I'm a senior citizen who loves books , thus I enjoy books about books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me laughing and full of anticipation for love to happen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Satisfying story of books and a found love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story of a woman whose life changing decision gives her happiness where she least expects it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading the book, it was like I was there. I wish there was a second instalment. The story ended somewhat abruptly. I want to know if Surinder will move near Nina, if Nina ever hears back from Malek. This was a beatiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Grab this book. Now Read Consumed, Devoured this book in one sitting. If you are a book lover and read as voraciously as I do, you know that is a special moment. And, who wouldn’t love a story with a heroine who finds herself and grabs her dreams all in one? Nina is a bookworm, preferring books and stories to people, the outdoors, paperwork or dating. When her library branch in Birmingham is being closed for redundancy and realigned to better centralize and appeal, she’s facing a crisis. Interviewing for the job she loves, matching books to readers in just the right way, she finds herself out of place, words and eventually a job. The closing means she’s busy rescuing the discarded books and filling her flat with books, much to her roommate’s dismay. Never particularly confrontational, the petite Nina has spent her life in an almost apologetic manner: soft-spoken, hiding under her clothes, truly only coming to light with her nose in a book. When a large van, perfect for a mobile shop appears on the internet, Nina hops a bus to the wilds of Scotland to take a look. And here is where the story just jumps into wonderful. North of nowhere, Scotland, Kirrinfief is typical of many small communities with a tiny mainstreet and hardscrabble living: farms, a pub, perhaps a school and a postman…but little else. Their nearest library closed years before, and whether or not they know it, the people are dying for a good read to while away the long winter hours. What emerges is the growth of Nina – finding her dream and voice in a place that doesn’t crowd her, doesn’t look over her tiny size and lose her in a crowd. With plenty of assistance from friends old and new, she’s brought into the community and becomes an integral cog: story hours for little ones, favored genres to others, gently encouraging those who haven’t read before to try it, even directing a little boy back to school. Nina fits and she’s never been happier. Perhaps there are moments and descriptions that feel clichéd or stereotypical – but let’s be honest, there’s a ring of truth in many clichés and stereotypes, and the characters who become important to the story do develop into fully formed, living on the page people. It’s so hard to write a review for a book that grabs you and drags you willingly into the story and setting. Book lovers who grew up reading everything they could touch will see a little bit of Nina in themselves. And what are we as Bloggers if we don’t find that book that feels like we could be that character – and share it widely? Grab this book. Now. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Travel story, love story, a "starting over@ story and a book-lover's dream
Anonymous 4 months ago
GG19 7 months ago
Really enjoyed this story. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous 12 months ago
csmmom More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. This has made it to my top favorite books of all time. I loved this story and the characters. Each character played such an important role to the story. I did listen to this and the accents that the narrator used were impeccable and just added to the loveliness of the story. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the other books that this author has written.
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Great book.
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Jani8 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book! Nina Redmond is one of the most delightful characters I have read in a very long time. The fact that she is a librarian helps. I wanted to be one and my daughter is one. But she loses her job and goes for her dream, that of having a bookstore in a van. It would be kind of like a bookmobile, but you buy the books. She goes to Scotland to find a van and though it scares her, she buys it. She already had a ton of books when the library she worked for (and closed) gives her a big start. Her talent is finding the right book for the right person. There is so much to feast on in this book, from the Midsummer’s Eve party to the poetry exchange from a train engineer, a fabulous cottage that looks like it’s been done by a London Interior Designer to all the different types of men around there. It is a charming book, yet it has a lot of grit and real life in it. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
delightful book but I am a sucker for books about books! and Nina has a Gruffalo - my favorite kid books
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
I came across this book when I was asked to review it and I was not disappointed. It’s a lovely little story, full of fun and hope about a bookish girl who has a dream of owning her own book store. Along the way, she finds help where she least expects it as well as love. There are all the classic elements of a romance involved but The Bookshop On The Corner is also a coming of age novel about a young woman who finds out who she is and where she should be in life. There are books to buy and sell, customers to cajole, and trucks to drive with hilarious and unexpected results. In the end, it all works out in a quirky and fun way. There’s something for traditional romance lovers as well as those who want some more serious fare. The romance heat is low on this one so it will appeal to everyone. It’s a delightful book and I recommend it highly! Rating: 4 stars **I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review**
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
What would you do if the very job you loved doing were suddenly eliminated? Add into that the possibility that any future openings in the line of work was slim at best and you are one of a hundreds applying for one of two openings? How would you decide what direction you would pursue knowing you had bills to pay, not to mention rent to your roommate? Would you simply walk away from the life you knew to pursue a dream you've always had, despite how ridiculous it sounds to everyone else? That is just the questions running nilly-willy through Nina Redmond's head when her job at the local library in England is eliminated in an effort to downsize and reduce costs. Now all the other employees are also in the same boat and there is only two positions available for more than a couple hundred people applying and on top of that they are looking for someone young who can multi-task and deal in a variety of tasks in this new multi-functional job position. While Nina definitely has the passion and true love of everything to do with books, she doesn't believe this is the job for her. She envisions a job where she matches the perfect book with a reader and running her own business. But just what can someone do to make that happen. If she doesn't figure something out soon, her roommate, Surinder is about to kick her out of the building they share due to the overstock of books she has recently acquired over her time living there. So she does what any good natured book lover does, she answers an ad for a old van she hopes to renovate into a mobile bookstore and take it around England in hopes of creating her dream job. Only problem is that the van is located in Scotland and despite all her best intentions, she can obtain any of the permits necessary in England to make this happen. So she packs up what she can in her small car and heads to Scotland to start over again despite all the best intentions of her friends well meaning advice. I received The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Being a huge book lover, I was immediately drawn to this book as I could envision doing this myself in some degrees. I love Nina's adventurous spirit to leave it all behind and begin a new future for her in Scotland. The authors insight and descriptions of a small farming town is just perfect for a virtual escape and I love how Nina can pick out just the right book for any reader or non readers in some cases. Any book lover will appreciate this book and I believe it garners a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion. This is my first time reading any of Jenny Colgan's novels but will be checking out the others she gives readers a sneak peek at in the conclusion of this novel.