Wednesday 9 July 2014

Review ~ The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

Title: The Bookshop on the Corner.
Author: Rebecca Raisin.
Publisher: Carina.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Release Date: June 17, 2014.
Source: Bought.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK

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!

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!

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK

1 comment:

  1. Another fantastic review of a fabulous book! I love that you're having this day!


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