The Bookshop on the Corner

The Bookshop on the Corner

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Meg Donohue, Sophie Kinsella, and Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop."Losing myself in Jenny Colgan's beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages."—Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Summer SecretsNina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion... and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginning to feel like home... a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780062467263
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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A laid-off librarian buys a van and turns it into a bookshop in the most charming version of Scotland you can imagine. This is warm and funny and will make you wish you could travel right now, this very minute, to Scotland- but of course, you can't do that.

A laid-off librarian buys a van and turns it into a bookshop in the most charming version of Scotland you can imagine.

Can Nina successfully remake her life in small town Scotland by running a mobile bookshop?

multcolib_alisonk Jun 30, 2016

This book falls back on stereotypes about librarians and, I suspect, Scotland; a lot of the characters are one-dimensional, and the author often relies on cliche...and even so, I really enjoyed it. It was a great escape, especially if the idea of starting a mobile book shop sounds like a good jus... Read More »

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Oct 11, 2020

This was such an easy and fabulous read. It had everything I wanted a little bit of romance, a little bit of comedy, a sassy best friend, a hot farmer, and lots of books. Nina is a city girl that works at a library, but once the library closes she decides to spend her severance on a quirky van to save the books from the library to make a mobile bookshop. She ends up moving to the country where there are less permits and more opportunities to get involved in the country. Real cute read, but nothing ground breaking.

VaughanPLDaniela Jul 30, 2020

If you’re looking for an escape, this whimsical, charming read will transport you to a sleepy village in Scotland, where a young woman named Nina follows her dream of opening a mobile bookshop. Along the way, she’ll make some unlikely friends and even take a chance on romance. This is the perfect lighthearted read for lazy summer days.

Jun 19, 2020

A quick and fun read, but things fall together a little bit too perfectly. Scotland sounds gorgeous though!

Mar 21, 2020

This was truly a great escape from the news of today! This time, I escaped to Scotland where a young girl was getting dumped from her library job that no longer needed her services due to technology. She turned the bad news into good by purchasing a used van and turning it into a traveling bookshop. Recommended to bibliophiles everywhere.

Sep 02, 2019

Nice story love story. Bookshop in a van. Small farming town. Train

Jun 13, 2019

2016; William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins
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This is such a sweet story...a great read on rainy weekend or a beach read. It is not your standard romance story but more of a journey of finding yourself and your place home. It reminded me a bit of Chocolat, except it is books and reading versus sweets and eating. I was hooked right away when poor Nina lost her library job, and she decided to take a chance on her passion. It is something I would love to do, but am not that gutsy at all. I relate to Nina when it comes to reading and books. I write book reviews and love recommending as I love when someone gets excited over a story like I do. Matching a book to a reader is one of the best feelings. I also love "rescuing" books, and find it hard to part with them. The setting of a small village in Scotland was so picturesque, I want to live there. And, can I say, how great is it to have an Indian character in a book about books! I do wish Surinder was a reader and the main character but still great to have her as the best friend and without all the stereotyping. I enjoyed listening to this on audio a lot!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

May 25, 2019

Easy, fun, charming book. The plot is simple enough, but it has enough twists to make it interesting.
I loved the setting and the characters, and of course the books!
It was exactly what I needed, a simple and uplifting book.
My only quibble is with the title since the book is not on the corner...

JCLKariE May 02, 2019

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan pulled me in immediately. Colgan’s breezy, witty writing style made this novel a joy to read. The novel captures so many emotions just right. Nina’s many issues with her huge van make me chuckle; as do her mishaps with love. The lush descriptions of the beautiful Scotland Highlands and the friendly locals makes me want to visit and see it for myself.

Mar 30, 2019

First book I've read from Jenny Colgan - love love loved it, couldn't put it down. Made me want to go visit Scotland even more since it's part of my heritage.

Jan 23, 2019

Another good read from Jenny Colgan. Set in the Scottish highlands - makes you want to move there! Very enjoyable :-)

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ArapahoeDagmar Feb 19, 2018

Favorite quote from this book:
"Nina sat back down and started reading aloud from "Up on the Rooftops", and the twins quieted down immediately - not because they could follow the story, but because the soothing cadence of somebody reading always had a transformative effect on babies; Griffin's theory was that children were evolutionarily engineered to listen to stories, because it stopped them from wandering off into the woods and getting eaten by hairy mammoths."


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