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The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
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it was amazing

I have never taken much notice of the moniker - Chick-lit. Ever heard of Bloke-lit? No, neither have I. But the label Chick-lit probable puts off a lot of men from reading them and that's a pity. I came across Jenny Colgan's work through the pages of a Rosie Hopkins story and I was hooked. This latest offering from Jenny is just as enjoyable. I love books (don't we all?), I love people who love books and I have a certain envy of those who own and run a bookshop. So, how about a mobile bookshop?

Nina Redmond is 29 years old. The library where she works is to be closed, like so many, and Nina finds herself facing a bleak future in Birmingham where she lives. The library services are to be compressed into the centre of town where they would become a 'hub' with a 'multimedia experience zone'. Ugh! Not for Nina who is caught looking at adverts for large vans for sale, by her friend Griffin. A mobile bookshop? Why the hell not? There are thousands of books available as the library is closing. The snag though is that the van that really catches Nina's eye is in Scotland...

And thereby lies the tale of another delicious read from Jenny Colgan. What's not to like about a bibliophile selling books from a van, following her trials and tribulations and her love life, as it is, in the Highlands? Curl up in front of the fire with a cup of tea (OK, a single malt felt more appropriate) and enjoy this story that makes you feel warm inside.

I loved it.
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March 3, 2016 – Started Reading
March 3, 2016 – Shelved
March 7, 2016 – Finished Reading

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jendlo I ❤️ this review!


Mike Sumner Thanks jendlo!


Bibliothekerin I agree; I wish there was no such label as “chick-lit” (or “chick flick” for films). It’s pejorative and dismissive, implies that reading a book that discusses feelings makes the reader a “wuss” (or “pansy” or whatever (fill in the blank with put-down du jour). As if a man’s masculinity is in question should he choose to read anything with that mentions the “L” word (love) or the “R” word (romance). Glad to hear that there are men secure enough in their masculinity that they don’t care what others think. ;)


Mike Sumner Thank you Bibliothekerin - very well put.


Toni Aliskowitz Sometimes a nice story is enough. It makes me sad when I read reviews that pick it apart as "fluff" or that the idea is implausible. This is the kind of story I need when reality is just too much. Which is the POINT of the book...that books are marvelous and special things.


Mike Sumner Amen to that, Toni.


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