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The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane

(Rosemary Lane #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,885 ratings  ·  191 reviews
**Take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a very special little cookbook shop is about to open its doors…**

In the beginning…

Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn’t an issue that ‘Cooking with Aspic’ can’t fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled ‘Rustling Up Dinner When Your
Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 14th 2016 by Avon
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Claire Robinson
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "Recipes are for sharing." Stars!

I am a big fan of Fiona Gibson/Ellen Berry’s books. She always manages to take average day-to-day life and add a little something special to it. The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane did just that, it put me right in the middle of a Yorkshire family and told me their story.

I would say that if you are expecting a book about a shop, then this isn’t really the case, the story mainly focuses on Della, her husband Mark and their teenage daughter Sophie, and the lives they
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Della's mother passes away, she wants nothing more than her cookbooks. There are hundreds of books and therefore she needs to find a solution how to store them, and that's when she gets the idea to open a bookstore. Her daughter Sophie is excited about the idea, but her husband Mark is not very fond of the idea. With Mark being rather distant and spending a lot of time away from home and Sophie going to university, Della decides that it's perfect time to open the shop and to spend more time ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, kindle, 2016
It wasn't until I reached the end of the book that I realised that Ellen Berry is Fiona Gibson whose books I really like. I loved every page of this one, too! I've read a couple of books recently where the characters are around my age (50's) and find that you can really empathise with them and it makes a lovely change to read about 'slightly' older characters!

Della has just lost her mum and most of the care towards the end of her life fell to her and her siblings are also expecting her to clear
Bev Taylor
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
roxanne is the successful fashion editor of a popular magazine

then a new boss is brought in who wants to change the format and she is not happy. even more so when another person is bought in effectively to take over her job and sideline her

she is in love with photographer sean but decides to up sticks and move back to yorkshire for a 'sabbatical' on the advice of her editor

she thinks she will be bored out of her brains but things have changed and she soon finds herself sucked into the village
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I've got mixed feeling about this book, I think due to the sheer quantity of "shop" books that have been released in instant years, I was expecting a certain feel to the story, or at least that I would get to know a shop very well. I was aware this was to be a cookbook shop and I was intrigued by the idea, but yet it seemed to take forever for the story to get onto the shop at all, almost as though it was an afterthought to what the main story was, which felt more like Della's marriage.

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Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Della has just lost her mom after looking after her for many years, something her brother and sister left her too… and it looks like they will leave her to sort the funeral and their moms house. Della has a loving family but Sophie, her only daughter, is leaving for uni. How will Della and Mark (hubby) cope with a life with only them two? Della soon finds out when she brings home the hundreds of cook books her mom owned.

This is a story of empowerment and growth. Where things flow and each
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved this book! Lovely setting, charming storyline, a protagonist to root for, and a modern happily ever after. Just an all round feel good story.

The story revolves around Della, a reliable working mum, who just lost her mother after being her carer during a terminal illness. Della is that woman. The one who puts herself last. She takes care of her husband, her daughter, her home, her mother and pretty much everything else that needs doing. She goes above and beyond at her little
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Being a huge book lover, this book instantly appealed with it having bookshop in the title. What turned out to be quite different is that the books in question are cookbooks.

The death of Della's mum brings a lot of change for Della. Cooking and recipes was a big part of Kitty's life so Della can't bare to get rid of all the wonderful cook books, which there is an awful lot more than any average person would have. All her family think she is mad when she decides to open a book shop solely selling
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Very sweet and infused with this unique English feel, The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane had me up the late in the night. So I guess it couldn’t be that bad. Basically, this book spoke to me because it’s about a fifty-year old woman who finds her happiness through independence. No doubt, it was very light and cute, and overlooked the deeper grieving process of coming to grips with the dissolution of a marriage, but it had its moments for sure. I especially liked Della, the main character, and how she ...more
Suzanne Waters
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
As much as I enjoyed reading this book it was very predictable in places.
It starts off really well and you can almost guess what’s coming.
The ending was rather hurried and a little too much.
Still a good read though.
Hemavathy DM Suppiah
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely little coming of age story. It’s never too late for an adventure.
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Very pleasant reading, bit of a romance and not at all intellectually challenging. A 50-year old plus inherits her mother's house, and with it it's 950 plus cookbooks. As she has such fond memories of thess books and her mother's love for them, she does not want to part with any and moves them to her house. Her louse of a husband is not a sympathetic character and objects. She comes across an empty shop in town and decides to open a cookbook shop on Rosemary Lane in the small English village. ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The bookshop on Rosemary Lane was just delightful.
It is the first novel by Ellen Berry.
I really loved this book including the cover.
Adorable characters, charming storyline and a happy ending that gives you all the feels.
An enjoyable easy Christmas read that I recommend adding to your reading list.

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A bit disappointing...
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love, fiction, chick-lit
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you like Fiona Gibson's novels, you will probably like this - she's the same person!
Ben Goose
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Light and fluffy holiday read. Perfect by the pool...!
Jan 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
i enjoyed this book; it was a quick read; however, i expected more on the bookshop and less on the relationship issue, which took up the first 70% of the novel. still, it was a good read and i liked the MC very much.
Anita Johnson
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Della's life is in a bit of a rut now that she has turned 50 and everyone else seems to be moving on to new adventures. Her beloved daughter, Sophie, can't wait to start art school; her grumpy husband, Mark, is always playing golf when he's not being a busy podiatrist, and her job at a castle gift shop is beyond humdrum.

The one thing that gives her pleasure is the collection of 962 old cookbooks that her mother, Kitty, had amassed over the years. Although she has a brother and sister, she was
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

Novels with the word "Booskhop" in their titles are trending guys, trending, and it is lovely, because can there be a greater setting to a book then a bookshop? That is, if the above mentioned bookshop appears in the story at all! Ellen Berry, or rather as we know her better, Fiona Gibson, has decided to locate her latest release in a bookshop as well. In fact, this book is the first in the planned for three novels series, and it is a very promising beginning. I hope that the next books are
Charmaine Saliba
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A hear-warming novel, it narrates the story of Della. After the death of her mother, she had inherited more than 900 cooking books. She loves cooking, even though had put it aside, too busy with her life. Now that her daughter is leaving for college, Della is feeling like her life was slipping away from her. What is Della going to do with her life? Will she continue living her life as she always did or finally will make a leap of faith and start a new chapter in her life?
It is a fast-paced novel
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another oh-so-delightful read from the Avon imprint of HarperCollins UK! The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane is the first book written by 'Ellen Berry' ... though you may have come across Fiona Gibson's books before and they just happen to be the same person. (Speaking of Fiona Gibson -- if anyone knows of somewhere in the US where I can buy a digital copy of Mummy Said the F-Word I would be very happy indeed!) Anyway, I knew that I was going to request this on NetGalley as soon as I saw the gorgeous ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
What could be better for an avid reader than a story about a bookshop? Make it a bookshop filled with cookbooks and you have the delightful story by Ellen Berry, The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane. The book begins with Della rushing to her dying mothers side. She has been the sole caregiver to Kitty Cartwright despite having a brother and sister close by and a family of her own. But they are too busy with their lives to give more than lip service and criticism. Sophie, her daughter, is moving to an ...more
Suze Lavender
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Della inherits her mother's hundreds of cookbooks. She has to do something with them and decides she wants to open her own cookbook shop. Her husband Mark isn't enthusiastic at all. He's distant and moody and Della worries about not spending enough time together. When their daughter goes to university it will just be the two of them. It's time for a change and starting a bookshop is exactly what Della needs. She doesn't get as much support as she should have, but she's determined to make her ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publishers and netgalley for this review copy.

This book is about Della, her husband Mark and her daughter Sophie. She is a middle aged mum, working in a gift shop in a castle. We meet Della just before her mum dies. After she dies, Della can't bear to part with her mum's collection of over 900 cookbooks. She takes them home, much to the annoyance of her husband Mark. She then decides to open a bookshop to sell them all. It's a big risk, but with the support of Mark, Della thinks
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: matron-lit
A trite little story, strung together from cliches. Middle-aged woman struggling with empty-nest syndrome and the recent loss of her mother, wonders why her husband is so distant and what she will do with the more than 900 vintage cookbooks her mother left her. Brilliant idea! She will start a bookshop with them ! Even though everyone, her buzzkill husband first and foremost, predicts disaster and bankruptcy.

No problem ! With some courage, one or two good women friends and a lick of paint, the
Nicola Clough
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thaws a excellent book from start to end and very well written. Just shows how lives can change and we adapt and cope with new situations which is what happens with this book. Della has lost her mum kitty and she loved nothing better than to cook and has loads of cook books and Della is unsure what to do with them all when it suddenly hits her she could open a book shop with them. She leaves her job at the castle to open the shop her daughter Sophie goes to collage and her husband leaves her can ...more
Donna Irwin
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. Heroine Della was much nearer to my age than most main characters and I really identified with her, In fact, stood in Boots looking at her Estee Lauder lipstick one lunch hour, wondering if it would give me confidence like it did her!
Della has just lost her mother and inherited her cook books and she decides to quit her job and open a book shop with them. Her husband troubles make her even more determined to give up her job and fulfil her dream (aided by that lipstick!)
Claire Watson
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane. This is the first book I have read by Ellen Berry and was pleased when NetGalley and Avon provided me with an advanced copy as on reading the description I knew this would be a wonderful read. I read this in a day whilst on holiday and found it to be a truly heartwarming and uplifting story.

Della lives in the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge and following the death of her mother decides to open a bookshop selling only cook books. The story follows Della's
Sarah Lee
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice little read from Ellen Berry. The main character Della, is a little downtrodden which i didn't like although she came good at the end. I could see how the story was going to unfold from the beginning and it seemed to take till the end of the book to get going and then it ended. Worth a read but probably won't read it again.
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