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bookshop on the corner book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After life throws a curve ball at Nina’s professional career, she finds herself carving out a new path. On an impulse, Nina purchases an old van and transforms it into a mobile bookshop. Nina sets out with a new career in a small Scottish town, making connections with people through book recommendations and exploring new romantic relationships in Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner.

Nina was a character I could easily identify with; I’ve held jobs at two different bookstores, a library, and now I freelance edit for independent authors. Stocking a small van with books that I’m passionate about and sharing them with eager readers seems like it would be rather enjoyable. I don’t know that this concept would work so well here in the United States, where with just a click of the button we can have a new book downloaded to an e-reader device, but it worked beautifully in this foreign setting.

In great books there are also great love stories, and Jenny Colgan captured that spirit by presenting Nina with two men that greatly appealed to her. While I personally didn’t express an interest in either of her potential suitors, other readers might find themselves rooting for the mysterious Marek or the gruff Lennox.

There’s quite a bit of humor in this book, but there are also darker story arcs, one particularly involving two young children who stumble upon Nina and the Little Shop of Happy Ever After and develop friendship and trust with her. Nina did exactly what I would have been tempted to do if I encountered the same situation. I loved those two children and how literature came to be an important part in their healing and growth, giving them a way to escape their sad circumstance even just for a moment.

While the romance in this book didn’t quite work for me, I’m not deterred from reading more from Jenny Colgan. I’m looking forward to discovering her previous works and will keep an eye out for any upcoming releases.


Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.