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The Bookshop on the Corner

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Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

160 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 17, 2014

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Profile Image for Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽.
1,880 reviews22.8k followers
April 22, 2016
This Kindle freebie was a disappointment. Fluffy and sugary sweet escapism, for non-critical romance readers only. Shy small town bookstore owner is implausibly swept off her feet by a handsome reporter from the big city. I thought the bookstore setting would give this story more heft, but if this lightweight novella had been any longer I would have DNF'd it.

Eyebrow-raising quote: "To avoid any conversation about the highly illogical set-up I groveled in my bag for more gifts." I've never seen "groveled" used as a synonym for "rummaged" or "grubbed about," so points here for creative English.

Content advisory: Nothing explicit, but there's some innuendo and implied sleeping over, thus disappointing both the readers who like sexytimes and those who want squeaky clean romances.
Profile Image for Cora Tea Party Princess.
1,323 reviews806 followers
February 8, 2016
5 Words: Bookish, sweet, love, reading, friendship.

I freaking loved this. It was an easy and thoroughly enjoyable 5 star read, which I'd recommend to anyone who has ever gotten lost in a book. I've picked out so many lines, so many fantastic, wonderful quotes. I think I probably highlighted half of this. Easily.

“Time cleaning was less time reading, so I usually just did the minimal amount, and left it for another day, a day that would never come.”

I could relate so much to the main character, Sarah. She was wonderful to read. She's exactly the type of character that I think every bookworm would love to read, she's so familiar. And I loved the romance between her and Ridge, although it was a little creepy how he just showed up. And I loved how everything with Sarah related back to the books she loved so much.

This is a happy story of love when you least expect it, with a little but of turmoil thrown in for good measure. It's set in a wonderful little town filled with wonderful characters who I want to read more about.

I will absolutely read more of Rebecca Raisin's work. AWESOME. I want to go to Ashford. I'm off to read the Gingerbread Cafe books now!

I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.
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1,655 reviews120 followers
October 6, 2018
So I read The Little Bookshop on the Seine before this one, so I already knew a little about Sarah and Ridge. But I still wanted to see how it all started. This was such a delightfully charming book. And Sarah was so relatable. There was a time when I spent all of my time reading (okay, not much as changed about that) and there was a time when I constantly compared the men in my life to the heroes of my books. I loved Sarah and her love of books. I just wanted to savor every single word. I loved her chemistry with Ridge. Their relationship may have been a little on the cheesy side, but it was still perfect. Love this author and these characters.
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294 reviews123 followers
June 16, 2014
I was given an copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review which I am more than happy to give.

Having read Rebecca's previous books based around the Gingerbread Cafe - Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe & Chocolate Dreams at The Gingerbread Cafe I was already hooked. Rebecca has a writing style that draws you into the story, her descriptions are so bold and vibrant you can vividly imagine not only the people and places but the tastes and smells, mmmmm. Rebecca is one very clever lady, she delivers almost enough but not quite - leaving you desperate from more, ensuring her next book will once again make it to the top of the reading pile.

This story was based around a little bookshop owned by Sarah Smith and reading about her and the bookshop was like stepping straight inside a novel. The bookshop is more than just a job for Sarah it's her whole world, she spends more time there than anywhere else - going to work hours early just so she can sit amongst the books and read. She loves romance books and loses herself in every story so deeply when a tall, dark, handsome stranger turns up on her doorstep she's totally unprepared and finds it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Weirdly, reading the story was more like watching a play, it was like stepping inside a novel, with Sarah's friends tweaking the story to maximise the romance. I think every female in the town fell a little bit in love with Ridge and was egging Sarah on - giving her confidence when she needed it - never really expecting anyone to live up to one of her fictional 'Harlequin' heroes.

But, Rebecca didn't just introduce us to the lovely Sarah who's quiet and unassuming but she also introduced us to Missy, Sarah's friend, who runs the hairdresser/beauty salon in town. Missy is the opposite of Sarah she's bold and vibrant with a slightly wacky/out-dated image. She's so full of fun I couldn't help but smile when she was around. She breezes in and out of the story like a colourful whirlwind that leaves you glowing and warm inside.

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about CeeCee and Lila from the cafe not being at the centre of the story, I'm so attached to them but Sarah and her friend Missy have firmly made their mark on my heart too. The Bookshop on the Corner is closely vying for top spot and quite rightly so. It hasn't detracted from Gingerbread Cafe novels but enhanced them. What would make this even more perfect would be a merging of the two businesses into one premises. I could clearly see myself sinking into one of chairs in the window and losing myself in a book whilst sipping on my gingerbread coffee that CeeCee had brought over, whilst she subtly checked up on the gossip.

This is a book that you will read in one sitting, like the cover it's seriously delectable. It only leaves me to say once again Becs I loved it, loved it, loved it - how can you top this?! And as you know I loved the personal touches you included in the book that for me was just perfect - the icing on the cake.
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613 reviews109 followers
June 18, 2014
*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

We are back in Ashford and I couldn’t be more excited!!! This little sweet town in Connecticut is just full of love and history, I love it.

This time we are following Sarah Smith’s story, a woman with an ordinary name and the love of books. She lives and breathes the books she reads and her little bookshop on the corner is her life. It was amazing how I felt instantly related to her, the way she was thinking, her loves for books and then she started her own book blog. I think we could be soulsisters.
All she wants is a guy like her book boyfriend: caring, protective, handsome, sweet… But that’s only reserved for romance novels right? It can’t really happen.

Well, Ridge, a very good-looking guy from New York, turns up at her shop. He’s a reporter writing a piece on Ashford. This guy is hot and he seems to be very interested in Sarah. Sarah however is not sure about it. He eventually asks her out and the go on a beautiful picnic. These sounds were so wonderful, full of sparks and butterflies ;) They talk and talk about everything: books, traveling… Would she go traveling with him and leave her bookshop behind?

I loved the way he was always teasing her about her books and he read her blog, that’s so sweet. I especially adored the one including the genres, transferring it to their relationship…
For him everything was about her and he went for it. Can I have a guy like this please? BOOK BOYFRIEND

Their relationship might has developed a bit fast, but that was totally fine, because I instantly felt that these two were meant for each other.

In Missy, Sarah has a great best friend. I love how Missy is looking out for Sarah, encouraging her in every way! She has a sweet little thing to share as well…

As you all know we’re in Ashford, so this little town is probably familiar with some of you. Remember, Lily, CeeCee or Damon? Well, we get to read about them again here, which is great! I loved their story and didn’t want to leave it, it’s amazing the Rebecca created this connection. Now I really can’t wait for the next Lily and Damon step!!!
Oh and CeeCee is just hilarious: Spacebook and Tweeter!!!! I’m still laughing ;)

Now, let’s quickly come back to Sarah and her loves for books. Her morning ritual with reading in her shop is so sweet and when he was passing by, running…
It’s great that she decided to share her passion on a blog, I mean who can understand that better than a book blogger.

Of course also the drama has a place in this novella. What about the article about Ashford that is published? Did Ridge really write that? I just hoped for them to sort everything out…

Rebecca’s writing is perfect, a brilliant storyline full of details. It’s sweet, romantic and just so remarkable!!!
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Author 4 books145 followers
June 7, 2014
You can find my review of The Bookshop On The Corner as well as many others over at http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/

In The Bookshop On The Corner, Rebecca first introduces the reader to Sarah Smith, owner of the only bookshop in her tiny little town Ashford, Connecticut. I instantly took a liking to Sarah, not only for her obsessive passion and love for all things books but because I could relate to her in so many wonderful ways. Sarah has always stayed in Ashford, never daring to venture too far out into the big, wide world, completely happy with her nose stuck in a good romance book, her eyes flirting with the dreamy words printed onto the pages. Sarah looked upon her bookshop with a maternal and affectionate love, often referring to the books inside as her 'babies', which is something that I do on a day-to-day basis! At any time when the talk of adventure or change would crop up, Sarah would retreat back into her fictional world, perfectly happy with her lot.

"Change was so alien to me, it was almost another language. I was a staunch fan of the 'if it's not broke - don't fix it' mentality." ~ Sarah

It was hard for me to not read about Sarah and not see myself in her personality and characteristics. I guess you could say that she was a little child-like in some aspects, again, like myself. Sarah found the fictional world within the pages of a book a million times better than anything that reality had to offer. She dreamed of the dashing, heroic men that she read about in the piles and piles of books stacked up in her bookshop, she dreamed of the passionate, heart-pounding love that only fictional characters would ever be lucky enough to have. Put simply, Sarah Smith was a dreamer, living in her fictional world, drinking coffee and just living her (albeit fairy-tale like) never-changing life. I do believe that Sarah and I would be the best of friends if she was a real person. We're so alike it's uncanny. Another point that I feel I need to touch upon is that Sarah decides to start up a blog. Yes! A real, true-to-life blog. HOW AMAZING IS THAT? See?! We've got to be related! I absolutely LOVED the added blog aspect, it gave me a little thrill to know that I was also a blogger. Rebecca thought of everything, she really truly did. I was just astounded.

Another character that I took a particular liking to in The Bookshop On The Corner was one of Sarah's closest friends Missy. One word came to my mind when Rebecca first introduced Missy to me and that word was 'diva'. Not diva in a bad way, but diva in a sassy, curvaceous, exhilarating way. I just loved the way that Rebecca described Missy.

"Her form-fitting scarlet dress lit up the sepia-toned shop. She was all bouffant auburn curls, and thick Hollywood-esque make-up, and the type of person that made you smile just by setting eyes on her."

Missy is also the owner of The Sassy Salon that sat on the corner just opposite The Bookshop On The Corner, so I was instantly given an image of this chatty, gorgeous woman who was loved by everyone and always had something exciting to talk about, no matter how dreary or grey the weather was outside. I really adored the way Missy seemed to brighten up Sarah's life. I mean, Sarah was clearly not depressed or sad about her lot in life, but whenever Missy entered the shop she seemed to leave a ray of sunshine and sparkle in her wake, and Sarah seemed to smile constantly. The relationship between these two was what every girl should have. Missy was Sarah's go-to when she needed advice, and a lot of the time Missy would hand out advice and comments whether Sarah asked her to or not, but not in an over-bearing way. Just in a way that said, "I'm your girl, and I'll be here for you no matter what." Missy was bursting to the brim with personality and goodness, and such a wonderful addition to Rebecca's characters.

Rebecca also uses one of my favourite techniques in The Bookshop On The Corner. If you have read any of her previous novels and met Lil and CeeCee then you will see more of them when you read The Bookshop On The Corner. I absolutely LOVE when authors do this. I don't know about you but when you read a fantastic book and then have to say goodbye to the characters it can sometimes leave you feeling a little lost and sad. I find myself with an urge to catch up with them and see what's going on in their lives. In The Bookshop On The Corner, this is the perfect chance to do that. Lil and CeeCee from the Gingerbread Cafe appear in the story on more than one occasion and I was delighted when I heard their names being mentioned. In The Bookshop On The Corner, The Gingerbread Cafe is right opposite Sarah's haven and every now and again, she'll glimpse through the window and catch Lil and Damon canoodling. Sarah, Missy, CeeCee and Lil are a close, tight-knit bunch of friends and their chats over gingerbread milkshakes and all matters of yumminess really warmed my heart. Seeing characters from previous novels getting on with their lives just makes it all seem so much more real and magical, and I enjoyed it to no end.

Another thing that I felt a strong desire to comment on was Sarah's bookshop itself. I want to work there so badly. It's like a book lover's paradise. Its not one of those pristine, modern, grey interiors, but aged, enchanted and sprinkled with fairy dust. That is honestly how I felt about Sarah's bookshop. Rebecca's descriptions of the book shop were impeccable, describing to me a place that I have always wanted to visit but never knew existed.

"I turned back to the inside of the shop to watch shards of muted sunlight settle on piles of books, as if it were slowly waking them. The haphazard stacks seemed straighter, as if they'd decided when I wasn't looking to neaten themselves up, dust their jackets off, and stand to attention."

Never before have I seen books be brought to life like this. Rebecca instilled a true fascination within Sarah's character that made her look upon the hundreds of books in her shop as though they were real people. I felt like I was in a dream-like state because of the way Rebecca drew me in with her delicate and quaint descriptions. Everything about Sarah's bookshop sang to me. It's exactly how I would choose to have my own bookshop if I ever had that opportunity. Books stacked to heights taller than me, books lying gracefully here and there. It was a pure delight to be invited inside of such a beautiful, ethereal place.

Rebecca could not have chosen a more perfect moment to introduce Ridge to Sarah. Ridge Warner was heavenly in every sense of the word. Tall, dark and brooding, Ridge is a New York reporter sent to do a piece on Sarah's tiny little town of Ashford after he visited during the Chocolate Festival. (You can read about the chocolate festival in Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe) Bizarrely, Ridge was exactly how Sarah imagined her book-heroes to be; absolutely delectable, just like the sweet treats from The Gingerbread Cafe. I loved him. Loved, loved, loved him! He was charming, very dashing and every inch the disarming fictional book-boyfriend. Rebecca kept me guessing from the moment that Ridge entered the scene. I was excited to see where the story was going to go from here, and I was not disappointed.

The Bookshop On The Corner is written with the same fluidity that can be found in all of Rebecca's previous titles. Her smooth, perfectly structured sentences allow for a pleasurable read. No hitches, no plot-holes and not a single thing that I would change, The Bookshop On The Corner is a staggering addition to Rebecca's creations. Every nook and cranny was brought to life in Sarah's little bookshop, every fleck of dust commented upon, every book alive and breathing. I am gob-smacked at the amount of creativity and phenomenal imagery that I have found in this title. Rebecca has left no stone un-turned, creating the perfect small-town woman just dreaming of her own happy-ever-after. I found an immense amount of pleasure in reading The Bookshop On The Corner. In fact, I read it in one sitting and slept peacefully once I was finished. Rebecca sprinkles her stories with such charm and delicacy that I feel like I'm bouncing on big, fluffy clouds.

Becca's Books is giving The Bookshop On The Corner a befitting rating of five glorious cupcakes. This story is every book lovers dream. Rebecca has brought the hidden depths of a book lovers mind to the surface and unearthed all of our bookish secrets that normally we would keep to ourselves. This story couldn't be anymore perfect if it tried. I am in love with Rebecca's characters, the heart-warming connection between them all and the intertwined lives within the tiny town of Ashford. Rebecca, a huge well done to you! The Bookshop On The Corner was remarkable.
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2,217 reviews435 followers
January 8, 2020
This was a very sweet prequel novella to the first full length book of a new series. I loved the character of Sarah Smith and the way she thought of the books in her bookstore. Ridge Warner was also a great character, and I enjoyed watching the tender romance between the two. I'm really looking forward to the rest of their story!
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1,563 reviews34 followers
September 30, 2017
A week ago I read The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, and loved it, while looking for a sequel I found The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin and decide to read that as well. This is all part of the authors short stories set in Ashford, Connecticut, Lil and Cee Cee from Gingerbread Cafe both appear along with a new character Missy and first person point of view narrator Sarah Smith. It was a pretty nice story but not nearly as good as the Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, but I'll be reading the sequel to see what happens to Sarah.
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498 reviews25 followers
June 7, 2014
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review**

Well, this is the 2nd time this year I have been sucked into the picture perfect Ashford. The quaint town where not only can you find Lil and CeeCee at the Gingerbread Cafe. Supplying the delicious, sweet treats that had me practically drooling on to my iPad last time. Now we get to lose ourselves in Sarah Smiths bookstore. Chocolate and books are pretty much up the top of my favourite things list, so I'm now in my element moving on to Sarah's story.
Stepping in to the Bookstore is like stepping through the wardrobe and finding Narnia beyond the coats. It's another world within the walls of Sarah's Bookstore. Nothing like any Bookstores you find today when trawling shops. These are the magical gems that pop up once in a blue moon. All of the books in Sarah's store say so much. Not only do they tell their tales, they also talk of the people who once owned them. Sarah has an amazing way of knowing so much about a book, she can picture it's life before it was sitting on her shelf.

"Maybe a customer would stumble across one of them today, run a hand lovingly across their covers, before selecting a book that caught their attention. Though my theory was books chose us, and not the other way around."

Just reading about this amazing bookstore with it's perfect setting and timeless inhabitants, would of been enough to keep me going for the entire story, but it's made all the more enticing in the form of Ridge. Just like the most coveted of book heroes. He's gorgeous, charming and incredibly interested in Sarah. Sarah has always been content in her life with her books and their dreamy, romance. She didn't want for anything else, when she had her books to keep her company. Yet she is starting to realise, maybe she should be wanting more. Her chance at a happy ever after. Not living vicariously through others. Perfectly timed, in walks Ridge. To bring out a hilarious amount of banter in Sarah, she never even knew she had in her. The rest of their story will most definitely have to be experienced personally, I wouldn't want to spoil it.

"Right, a book on, er....." It was a gift of mine to be able to garner what book a person was looking for just by their dress, and their mannerisms, but this guy had me stumped. All I could imagine was that little man crease thing, right where his jeans hung. Note to self: stop dropping gaze to his nether regions."

I absolutely love how when I read Rebecca's books, I seem to lose time. Her books are such a delightful, easy read. I get absorbed in to the book and when I look I'm almost finished. I do find myself never wanting them to end, and wish they were longer. The characters and settings are truly addictive. If it's not chocolate and sweet treats it's books. How could anybody not become glued to the pages. It's made more perfect by seeing some familiar faces from the previous books. The lovely Lil and CeeCee from the Gingerbread Cafe, with their wit and yummy treats to keep the light hearted atmosphere going. Also someone we get to see more of is Sarah's best friend, bubbly hairstylist Missy. A loyal and sweet friend who joins the others in wanting Sarah to find her Happy Ever After.
I loved this tale with Sarah and her Bookstore and can't wait to see what comes next for the town of Ashford.
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566 reviews34 followers
January 28, 2015

Review posted on my blog http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014...

The Bookshop on the Corner was pure perfection. Sarah Smith is a massive lover of romance novels and pretty much lives her life through her books. Although she’s a little envious that her friends seem to be happy and settled, she knows no man would compete with her dreamy book boyfriends.

Sarah is a character so many readers must be able to relate to. She adores her books, she blogs about books and she can even find you the perfect book just by looking at you… I had to connect with her because she pretty much was me! I think so many readers will see themselves in Sarah’s shoes throughout this book and I must say, when New York journalist Ridge is on the scene, it definitely didn’t feel like a bad pair of shoes to be in! She runs a gorgeous bookshop too which is pretty much where any reader would love to spend their lives.

Ashford, like Rebecca’s previous Gingerbread Café books, is the setting in The Bookshop on the Corner and love the whole area. Friendship and fun is what that town is all about and Rebecca’s stunning writing makes it my dream location to live in. I honestly don’t think I’ve read any author build up settings like we get in the Gingerbread Café series. It’s beautiful and really takes you on a journey into a place you just don’t want to leave.

I also loved how, though this can be read as a standalone, several fabulous characters from the other books returned. CeeCee, Lil and Damon are all back and we also get another great, easy-to-like character in Sarah’s best friend, Missy. Sarah, Missy, CeeCee and Lil are so warm and inviting. Their friendship brightens up this whole story – from their support of each other to their jokes and their teasing and full-on entertainment. They’re so heart-warming and really charming to read.

Truly, I took a few days away from real life (Sarah would be proud) to read Rebecca Raisin’s novels and they all completely blew me away. The Bookshop on the Corner was my favourite by far and I do believe it probably can’t get any better… but I am more than happy to be proved wrong come the next novella in the series later this year!

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1,334 reviews118 followers
February 7, 2021
I feel SO frustrated about this one. I started The Little Bookshop on the Seine and made it through just ONE CHAPTER before I realized there was more to the story. I found this little connected story, so I paused the full-length story so I could read this prequel novella. The further I got into it, it was clear the author's other series are connected to this one too, but this wasn't indicated accurately on Amazon, Goodreads, or the author's website.

The characters carry over from story to story in big ways. They're not just mentioned here and there and given a scene or two-they play huge roles in the story.

Authors often put recurring characters in different books and series, and I get that. But in both of the books I have read or started by this author, there are enough holes to make me feel like I'm missing something. I HATE THAT. I tried to avoid that feeling by pausing the first book I started to read this novella, and then by the end of the novella, I felt THE SAME WAY. It feels like there are inside jokes going on that I'm not a part of, and I just don't want to be a part of that anymore.

I refuse to keep reading backward to get to the beginning of these characters stories and to avoid holes. I just feel like that's too much work for me and this could be avoided by simply numbering the books in the author's larger world adequately.
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Author 22 books274 followers
June 14, 2014

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book from NetGalley.

What a cosy read! I'm loving the Gingerbread Cafe series and this third book didn't disappoint. Old favourites Lil and CeeCee appear once again, with glamorous, kindhearted hairdresser Missy. And now we follow the life of Sarah, the unassuming bookshop owner, who loves her small-town existence in Ashford. Whilst wistful about meeting a man to match Harlequin's romantic heroes, she doesn't foresee her future as a singleton bookworm changing - not until hotshot New York journalist Ridge arrives.
Raisin writes with a real warmth that makes this book feel like a cosy reward, after a hard day - a bit like one of the flavoursome, steaming drinks sold by Lil and CeeCee. The writing is beautiful at times, full of appealing imagery. The characters are distinct and ooze compassion and humour.
This story is a real treat for bibliophiles who will enjoy Sarah's descriptions of her wonderful shop and books.
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1,061 reviews112 followers
February 1, 2016
Maybe my expectations for this novella were too high after I saw the title and read the first paragraph, but the only thing I liked about it were the descriptions of the books and the bookshop. For a bookworm like me, the author captured the love for books and their magic perfectly.

Other than that, the story is full of annoying stereotypes and prejudices, with an unbelievable romance, a heroine who transforms into a big pile of goo at the mere sight of a guy, and said love interest who's just too perfect to exist. I was actually really disappointed that once the love interest enters the story, everything else was forgotten. Perhaps it's because I don't read Harlequin-like romances but I do enjoy a good "chick-lit" from time to time and this was just too silly and unreal for me.
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675 reviews3 followers
July 6, 2020
3.5 stars. Sarah lives in a small Connecticut town where everyone knows everyone. When a NYC reporter comes to write a story about the town and falls for quiet, bookish Sarah. Beginning of the series.
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707 reviews15 followers
October 5, 2020
Приятна книжка за уикенда. Лека и ненатоварваща.
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Author 27 books87 followers
July 1, 2014
It is fair to say I am a huge fan of Rebecca Raisin and had been waiting (im)patiently for the release of The Bookshop on the Corner for months!

The plot is simple- Sarah is a bookworm who owns a quirky second hand bookshop in Connecticut. She is passionate about romance novels, but never finds a man who compares to the book boyfriends residing in the fiction she adores. Then sexy, confident Ridge Warner, a journalist from New York, turns up on her doorstep- has Sarah finally found someone who can compare to the men in her books?

I found it easy to relate to Sarah. She is a book lover, a dreamer, desperate for her own happily ever after -actually, she is very similar to me! I couldn't make my mind up about Ridge and didn't immediately fall for him, but enjoyed the development of the relationship between him and Sarah none-the-less. Naturally, the course of true love never did run smooth, and at one point I was fuming at Ridge-honestly, my blood was full on boiling!

Books themselves play a huge role in this story. As a book lover, the descriptions of the bookshop were delightfully tantalising- I want to go there and sit in the reading room, losing myself between the pages of a well thumbed book. There were pangs in my heart as I thought about everything I love about books and why I will never, ever read purely on electronic devices. Each individual book has a personality, and is so much more than just a physical object. Raisin describes that beautifully. I also adored how book blogging was portrayed as a community pastime, which is exactly how my own experience of it has been.

If you have read and enjoyed Rebecca Raisin's previous books Christmas at the Gingerbread Café and Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café then The Bookshop on the Corner offers more of the same in terms of charm, lovable characters that you will genuinely care about (including updates on Lil, Damon and CeeCee- YES!) and heart stopping old-fashioned romance.

This is a delightful story which put a smile on my face and a spring in my step- full of hopes, dreams and most of all, my one true love- books.

A gorgeous read.

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238 reviews32 followers
October 24, 2015
This book was just comfort reading at it best, curled up on my sofa with a cup of tea and a supply of chocolate I just devoured it.

The main character Sarah is just a darling, I want her to be my best friend. She works in a bookshop, loves her books, her friends and her village. The book is based in the village of Ashford, which is where Rebecca Raisin’s other books of ‘The GingerBread Cafe’ are based. I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they are on my tbr list. The books all speak of the same characters as far as I know, so I am positive that they will all be fab books too.

Anyway, back to this book, it is short story based around Sarah and her friends. Sarah is contented with her life and her bookshop, believing that she has her romance in her books, but then comes along Ridge. Wow, now he is my new book boyfriend!! ♥ ♥

The descriptive work of Rebecca Raisin really puts you in the life and heart of Ashford and Sarah. The way Sarah speaks of books, it was so captivating. This is a book that I think all booklovers will relate to.

“….my theory was that books chose us, and not the other way around.”

“Some stories consumed you, they made time stop, your worries float into the ether…”

Sarah even starts a book blog! Now you see why I want her to be my best friend, I’d even move to Ashford!!! ♥ Sarah’s blog gets a lot more followers faster than mine, she gets over 3000 followers within a month!!! Wow, she must be good. I would like to read her blog too. The way she speaks of her blog, you can tell the Author is a fan of bookblogs too.

“…a community of bookbloggers who were supportive and funny, and felt like real friends”

There are so many quotes I would like to tell you from this little tale, it is wonderful, captivating, takes you to another world of book loving heaven. Read it, love it and then come back and tell me you agree its fantastic and Rebecca Raisin is an Author who can transport us to a land of enchantment and bliss….with the addition of a new book boyfriend!! ♥
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1,078 reviews27 followers
May 27, 2015
I loved, loved, loved this book. Having never read anything by this author, I was happy to come upon it through NetGalley from Carina UK. Thank you to you for this great read!

What did I love about it? First and foremost, it's about a bookstore and, of course, I can't pass that up Secondly, I loved Sarah. She was delightfully introspective and very much an individual. The story was so interesting I couldn't put it down. And, the best part is that I smiled through the entire reading of it!

I intend to read the rest of this author's books to see if they are as good as "The Bookshop on the Corner." I suspect they will be wonderful and I'll be lost in a haze of happy reading!
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1,117 reviews76 followers
July 11, 2015
Got off to a good start, but surprised me a bit with a certain expression the shop owner used several times about a love interest. Kinda seemed out of place to me, but that is just my opinion. It's a pretty sweet, cozy type romance with a few innuendos but no descriptive love scenes. It had strong friendships and I liked that. I liked all the book and book shop talk too. Readers who enjoy this genre will enjoy this book. Pretty good for a kindle freebie.
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192 reviews14 followers
August 21, 2015
This was my 1st read by Rebecca Raisin and I can tell you now it will not be my last...I fell in love with the characters and what is there not to like about a storyline set in a book shop....really enjoyed everything about this book ....if there was a slight negative.. It would be that it was a little to short.... could have kept on reading about Sarah,Ridge and The Bookshop on the Corner for at least another 200 pages at least.....Totally Recommend
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87 reviews
February 5, 2017
Bookshop owner Sarah falls for handsome journalist Ridge and what follows is a sweet romance set in an idyllic village.
Meh..... all a bit sweet and fluffy for my liking but the writing was decent and I would like to read more about Sarah and Ridge so will give the next book in the series a try.
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67 reviews
July 14, 2015
This book was nice enough. Just nothing more.

The characters were nice but nothing special.

The story was nice but nothing special.

It was nice.
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124 reviews3 followers
November 12, 2015
One star for potential that was unmet. This book read like a first draft, which was a disappointment.
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313 reviews13 followers
January 18, 2022
If you are looking for a fast, cute romance read, then you need to read The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

Meet Sarah Smith, owner of a sweet little bookstore in Ashford, Connecticut. Sarah is addicted to romance novels: the gorgeous men, their swoon-worthy moments, the drama, and all the warm fuzzy feelings they give you. Really, what’s not to love? When Sarah realizes that all her close friends are in relationships, and she’s not, she begins to yearn for her very own love story. Just when she thinks there is no hope of her finding love in her tiny town, the handsome Ridge Warner, a New York reporter, walks right into her store (looking just like a guy off a cover from her romance novels). Sparks fly between these two right from the beginning. Sarah is hesitant to believe that Ridge has any romantic interest in her. She thinks he is only paying attention to her for a story he is trying to write. Sarah will have to learn to trust Ridge with her heart, or she may miss out on that once-in-a-lifetime love story.

This was such a fun, adorable, fast read, and I fell in love with the little town of Ashford and the people that live in it. I also realize that I will never get sick of reading romance books that center around a bookshop. I think it is because I often feel this instant connection with the main character (who is usually the bookshop owner). I knew from the first chapter that Sarah was a book kindred spirit and that I could spend hours talking books with her. This connection made me fall in love with this book even more.

There is plenty of romance in this book, especially between Sarah and Ridge. Be prepared for some deliciously cheesy moments between these two that will leave you feeling oh so happy. Ridge is the perfect book boyfriend, and it was super cute watching him try to win Sarah’s heart over. I found myself quickly turning the pages to see what he would do next. This book doesn’t try to break that standard romance novel mold, but I found I was ok with that. You read this book when you want just to enjoy some fluffy moments and a cheesy happy ending.

The Bookshop on the Corner is a fabulous romance novel that is a nice, easy read for anyone looking to escape the world for an afternoon.

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2,109 reviews47 followers
February 11, 2022
Every book needs some conflict, something to keep the story moving forward. unfortunately it didn't show up until the final chapter here, and then was quickly swept away. Otherwise we have only a cliched bookstore owner, (who couldn't possibly live on what that store brings in), and a couple of friends having some conversations till a hot guy shows up and falls instantly in love with her. That's it, sadly. There's just nothing here.
325 reviews2 followers
April 4, 2020
This is actually a prequel to The Little Bookshop on the Seine but someone let me know so I read this first. It is the story of how Sarah and Ridge git together and is a pretty formulaic romance novel. It was, however, a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon in this scary time.
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323 reviews
October 28, 2020
I'm only on Chapter 5, and I have already laughed out loud three times.

This is brilliant!
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1,423 reviews65 followers
June 18, 2014
Rebecca Raisin has done it again! With the third instalment of the Gingerbread Café series of novellas, the reader is transported to the cosy setting of Ashford, Connecticut. Ashford is one of those towns that is truly special with its community spirit and wonderful range of niche shops (including Lil and CeeCee’s gingerbread concoctions). It’s a place I’d really love to visit, if only it existed!

It seems that Ashford is becoming more popular in the fictional world as the quiet, romance-book filled life of Sarah Smith, owner of the bookshop near the Gingerbread Café (on the corner in fact) collides with New York City journalist Ridge. Ridge has come from the big city to do an article of Ashford. After the chocolate festival (portrayed in the previous book, Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café), New Yorkers have been taking notice of this tiny town full of delectable treats and gorgeous items. Sarah’s bookshop is no exception. It’s a cosy place where one can curl up and read or feel the draw as a book picks you as its next reader. Sarah supplements her income with online orders and a thriving book blog, but her life is quieter than a library. She’s never had that dramatic romance and when Ridge enters her life, she’s sceptical of his plans. Sarah lacks confidence in herself – can her friends help her to see that she deserves her happily ever after?

Once again, Raisin’s writing talent is evident in this story. The character of Sarah is perfectly drawn – her fears, concerns and happiness are all very realistic. Plus, Sarah’s imagination was lovely to read – about the books dancing off the shelves at night, the pull of the book that’s just right for you…it’s just magical. Her ability to turn the mundane into something special with a dusting of sparkle makes this book a read full of hope, happiness and beauty. There are elements of Cecelia Ahern here – Raisin has the same touch with making the characters feel real, almost as if they were sitting beside you, telling their story.

Ridge is the classic hero with a dollop of extra sweetness – it’s clear that he’s willing to go the extra mile (or more) for Sarah. I would have loved to read more of his adventures in the Aussie Outback – perhaps there’s room for a sequel? (Hint hint!) I also liked meeting Sarah’s best friend Missy – she’s not quite CeeCee (who holds a special place in my reading heart) but she’s definitely dynamic, warm-hearted but with a secret pain. She’s a great contrast to shy Sarah, who is someone I’m sure most readers can relate to.

Although a quick read, The Bookshop on the Corner will leave lasting memories. It’s a perfect book to snuggle up with in winter or to read on a lazy beach day.

Thank you to the author and Carina UK for the eARC.


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177 reviews
July 8, 2014
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina UK (Harlequin)
Publication Date: 17th June 2014


Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!


I am such a huge fan of Rebecca's books and as soon as I heard that she was bringing another one out I just screamed with joy, the cover is ever so beautiful, looks very colourful and if it came out in paperback..it would stand out on shelves definitely!

If you have read Rebecca's previous books then you will know we meet Sarah briefly but this book is all about Sarah, Sarah Smith is addicted to romance novels, she just wants to meet her very own book boyfriend, she owns her bookshop and the only one in Ashford, Connecticut.

Love could be just around the corner when a New York journalist Ridge Warner steps into her bookshop...will she let her self fall in love with a hunky man and believe you can get that happy-ever-after in real life too!

I loved everything about this book, I totally loved reading about Sarah and her bookshop but also being able to catch up with Lil and CeeCee too. Sarah reminded me of myself the way i love reading a good book with a lovely book boyfriend for you to fall in love with and also a dream of mine is to maybe have my own bookstore in the future. Reading the detail of Sarah's bookshop was great, I could just picture it with it homely feel and also having the smell of books would just be totally amazing.

The Bookshop on the Corner is a feel good read may have you smiling, laughing and be in your own dreamland. It is such an easy read and you will be wanting more from Sarah and Ridge again.

For any huge bookworms out there are going to love this new book by Rebecca and by the end of the story, you'll want to buy your very own bookshop and curl up with lots of books surrounding you.
Thank you Rebecca for writing a fabulous story and The Bookshop on the Corner deserves this 5 star rating! *****
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