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  • Feel good

    This is a charming easygoing read about the eponymous Libby Quinn who decides to take a chance and open a bookshop in honour of her much loved grandfather. This focusses on the the work required to bring the dilapidated building at Ivy Lane she has bought at auction into a cosy bookshop and flat and on Libby’s relationship with the other residents on Ivy Lane. There are some great characters of all ages and the plot is gentle and great to just escape into. This is a very cheery book which focuses of all the characters positive traits making it a very feel good book.

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  • Uplifting escapism at its finest!

    The time you spend reading my review should really be spent reading this book. It's pure escapism at its finest and couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I've read nine books in the last week, many of them were romance. Not one of those books compares to this one. It was so easy to read and had a really calming effect on me. I can't remember the last time a book made me feel that way! Libby's recently lost her grandfather who instilled a love of reading to her from a young age. One of her most treasured photographs is of them both sharing a story when she was young. Together they dreamed of opening a book shop on Ivy Lane. When her grandfather passes, Libby is determined to make their dream a reality and to have it completed for its grand opening on her grandfather's birthday. Libby makes a fantastic protagonist who is on a mission. Despite having friends and a partner who don't understand her passion project, she is relentless in making sure it succeeds on time. Along the way the relationships she has with her partner, the community around her and her friends develop. It proves that the ones who are meant to be in your life will always be there and we always get to see each other's true colours eventually! I need to read more books by this author! When I finished this I was left desperately hoping this was part of a series, there were so many parts I loved about the Ivy Lane community that I wasn't ready for it to end. This is definitely a recommended read! You need to get yourself a copy.

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  • A lovely heartwarming read

    Once upon a time, there was a girl named Libby who loved to read books with her Grandad Ernie. Their dream was to own a bookshop, but tragedy struck and her beloved Grandad Ernie died. Libby carried on and threw all of her time and energy chasing her dream and following her own happiness. Until Noah, the handsome and kind pub owner with the dodgy sense of humor offered his much-appreciated help and captured her heart. Libby is one determined and brave woman buying a building unseen and working day and night for the grand opening of her bookshop in ten weeks. With her parents’ unwavering support along with her new and wonderful friends on Ivy Lane, Libby is finally able to finish her bookshop and make her Grandad proud. Noah’s story is tragic. He is orphaned at a young, impressionable age and placed in foster care where he meets his foster sibling Jo who is co-owner of the pub. His good nature and willingness to help people in his community are commendable and he receives my favorite character recommendation. As for Jess, Libby’s best friend, and Ant, Libby’s ex-boyfriend, I thought they were a bit shifty and selfish, especially how they treated her when not volunteering to help to get her shop ready. But to each their own. What a lovely heartwarming read. I could relate to the love of reading books at an early age and wished I had a Grandad Ernie to show me the way. Also, using book titles as chapter names is a clever and nice touch. If you enjoy a pleasing tale with a young and undaunted heroine, a handsome hero, and a colorful collection of wonderful supporting characters, please give this book a try. Thank you to Ms. Kennedy for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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  • A fun romance in a small English village

    Although this was plenty predictable, it was still a very enjoyable read about a woman aiming to achieve a dream that she shared with her beloved grandfather - to open a bookstore in her little town. Libby will put everything into achieving that dream even if it costs her all her savings and her boyfriend. But lucky for her, there’s a hot pub owner across the street who seems quite willing to help her out. One thing I liked about this is that there is no bad guy. The boyfriend is a good guy - just not the right guy for her. She has a fight with her best friend, but they’re both good people who want to make up and move on. There are lovable, quirky people on the street where her shop will be and they just want to be friendly and helpful. Her parents are loving and supportive. I realize how rare it is to have a novels where there are not bad characters, just decent people trying their best. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

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