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The Bookshop on the Corner

(The Bookshop #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,322 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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 enga
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Carina UK (Harlequin)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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, Sa
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
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 ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*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 th
Samantha Tonge
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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 t
Louise Seraphim Reviews
**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 eleme
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Review posted on my blog

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
Katey Lovell
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 c
Amanda ChocolatePages
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 t
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
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 to
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 inten
Yvonne Morgan
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, kindle, romance
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.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
One star for potential that was unmet. This book read like a first draft, which was a disappointment.
Jennifer Waugh
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A light hearted, sugar coated romance.
Sam Still Reading
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of heartwarming stories
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: loved the other Gingerbread Cafe books
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 fil
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 li
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes

I kindly received The Bookshop on the Corner in exchange of an honest review by the author via Netgalley.

In the Bookshop on the Corner we get to meet Sarah Smith, owner of the only Bookshop in a little town called Ashford. Books are everything for Sarah. She reads them, sells them and looks out for hidden treasures. The only thing Sarah does is spent time with her local friends and lose herself in a good romance book. She kind of lives in her own litt
Char (1RadReader59)
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a very sweet little short story. The story line is near and dear to me over the last 5 years or so before getting sick I was a multitasker. Never had time or got enjoyment from reading could stop or slow my brain enough.
Raising a family and all just never allowed my mind to quiet itself enough. When I became ill that all changed it was all I could do but read. To escape my room, my mind, my illness and my fears that was yet to be diagnosed.
So, reading so many books and talking with a
Love Reading Romance
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Smith has been living her life, traveling to faraway places and falling in love with handsome men on a daily basis, but all through the books that line her little shop in the small town of Ashford. That’s until Ridge walks into her shop, built like a Harlequin hero and with the banter to match. But Ridge is a big city journalist, and Sarah doesn’t trust his motives.

So. I freaking loved this book. I laughed. I cried. And all in the space of the few hours it took for me to fall in love with
Eliza Leone
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cheesy and cliché with good intentions.

Recommendation: If you're looking for a light, romantic, quick read this may be one to pick up. If you're looking for a complex and earth shattering love then perhaps you should pass right by the Bookshop on the Corner.

Sarah is a small town bookshop owner who spends more time with her nose in her books than anything else. Ridge is a fancy reporter from New York writing an article about Ashford. When the two of them meet sparks instantly fly and Sarah may ha
Talor Pickering
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Bookshop On The Corner By Rebecca Raisin is possibly one of my favourite romantic reads of the year so far, yes that is a really big statement but the reason behind this is because of what you get from this book, you have strong female characters, delicious men that are as delicious as a double chocolate, caramel sundae. Not only do you get a fabulous love story but you get some really funny moments that are truly memorable I will share with you my favourite lines below.

The story is all abou
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
With a name like "The Bookshop On The Corner", I just HAD to read this!
Sarah Smith runs a second hand bookshop in Ashford, a small town in Connecticut, America. Her best friends own shops in the same little street. It's a very close community. So when Ridge, the New York reporter with charisma, style and chiselled good looks comes to town for a story, he is the very antithesis of everything Sarah knows and is comfortable with. It very quickly becomes clear that this handsome and suave young man
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

Being an avid reader and book lover, the title of this book instantly caught my attention. Definitely a title that I think will capture all book lovers interest.

The Bookshop on the Corner tells the story of Sarah who runs a bookshop in a small Kent village. She is a serious bookworm and loves getting lost in romance novels. She's quite happy with her lot in life and having the same routine everyday, but the only romance she is get
Natalie TBGWP
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Hmm, I really don't know were to start with this one. In having proper mixed emotions over it. You see I liked it, but there were a few things that niggled at me constantly throughout. I'm a fan of Rebecca Raisin and I loved her Gingerbread Cafe series, so obviously with The Bookshop on the Corner being set in the same small town as that I was again excited to be there. The description of the town Ashford always has me wanting to be there, it reminds me of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. I can' ...more
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