Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner: A novel by Jenny Colgan

Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Fiction
Buy: Kindle | Paperback 


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 was a charming read.  I loved how Nina went from a mousy unsure woman to a confident entrepreneur. The shy bookworm, Nina preferred books to people until she moved to Scotland to start her own bookshop inside a van she can barely drive.  Now she finds herself putting down the book and building a life in this small friendly town.

This book really shows what you can do with a dream and desire. Everyone thought Nina was crazy when she decided to move to a remote village in Scotland where she knew no one and try to start her own business, but she showed that sometimes risks pay off.

This was a great book to lose yourself in and I'm sure almost every avid reader will find themselves in these pages.  Makes me want to grab my passport and run off to Scotland and live on a farm. Beautifully written and fun well developed characters Colgan really takes you on a journey.  I may have to find another one of her books!