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  • Delightful and light romance in a lovely village f

    {Thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books for gifting me this ebook in exchange for an honest review.} Jude Crawley is nearly thirty years old and doesn’t know what to do with her life. Having had to take care of her ailing grandmother right after high school, she has postponed her own life until recently, when she pushed an English degree at university while in a relationship with a philosophy professor at the same university. On graduation day, she discovers the man she thought was her boyfriend is cheating on her. Soon after that her very much healthier grandmother announces she is moving into a retirement home for active seniors, and Jude’s parents sell the bakery they have operated her whole life so they can retire. Just then, Jude learns that a spot freed up at Borrow a Bookshop, a bookshop located in a small seaside community that can be rented two weeks at a time. Having planned to go to the bookshop with her boyfriend, Jude decides to be brave and go by herself, wishing to test her independence and find out what to do with the rest of her life. Unfortunately, the bookshop has chosen to give the spot reserved for her boyfriend to Elliot, a mysterious stranger. This romance is completely delightful. Jude’s chatter as first-person narrator takes some getting used to, but as soon as Elliot showed up I was completely engrossed in her point of view. The way the book stuck so close to her made him more mysterious and allowed for his secrets to be revealed only very near the end. The two main characters are charming, but it is the setting and the secondary characters that make this book irresistible. The novel is set in a charming small town full of singular characters, a dog with every odd habits, and lots of activities planned to punctuate time. The misunderstanding at the core of the conflict is something with real consequences and it ratchets up the tension very nicely. I recommend this book if you want to read something light that allows you to travel vicariously through its heroine.

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  • A Lovely, Light Read!

    A nice, gentle read about borrowing a bookshop - who wouldn't want to do that? Jude has waited longer than most to get her degree; now that's she's graduating - as a mature student - her relationship with Mack aka Philosophy professor can finally come out into the open. Until she sees him kissing another girl, and her dreams fall apart. Then there's the matter of the holiday they had planned together .. can she go alone? Heading off to the small coastal village in Devon, Jude buoys herself up for a fresh start of two weeks on her own, until six foot Elliot turns up to run the bookstore with her. As Jude begins to lose her reservations about the two of them working together, is there romance in the air? A lovely, light read to brighten up these chilly spring days! I took to Jude right away - way more than I did with Professor Mack. Jude's achievements have been hard earned and she is a thoroughly nice person inside and out. I loved the idea of running a bookstore for two weeks, but somehow I thought there would be a bit more reading involved. Don't all bibliophiles read in bed at night or is that just me? I've never visited Devon but certainly got a clear idea of the windy roads up from the harbour and I absolutely loved the name given to the paths both up and down. With terrific characters and several storylines to follow, this is a fun read and one I'm happy to give 4*.

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  • Fun book in a Beautiful Setting

    The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday by Kiley Dunbar My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I really, really enjoyed this book. I thought it would be a light fun read (and it was!) but it was much more than that too. Emotional, fun, charming and delightful. Jude Crawley just graduated from university, an accomplishment she’s especially proud of since she had to care for her gran for several years before starting back to school. At her graduation she discovers her “secret” boyfriend, philosophy professor Mack kissing a young freshman, abruptly ending her plans to move their relationship out in the open. Jude and Mack won an opportunity to run a bookshop in Devon for two weeks, a dream they shared. Jude refuses to go with Mack after his betrayal, and she insists on going alone. When she arrives at the quirky bookshop, she learns that the owner of the shop replaced Mack with Elliott, a single veterinarian, with a secret. As they learn to run the bookshop together, and immerse themselves in the local community, they find themselves falling for each other. As I said before, I absolutely loved this book. For me, it’s the perfect read, a quirky heroine, a kindhearted, but secretive hero, and a cast of eccentric supporting characters in an idyllic setting. There is enough mystery with the hero to make me want to turn each page to see what was coming next. The writing is beautiful, and I was sucked into this story from the very first page. I highly recommend this book to anyone, and I will be finding the author’s backlist and reading those too.

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  • Charming, cozy read!

    What a charming, cozy read! An absolutely delightful book to curl up with on a winter's night (or chill out with on a summer's afternoon!), with the scent of gingerbread and old books palpable as one reads. -- 29yo Jude has never lived. Not really. Instead, she has devoted the majority of her life to being her Gran's full-time carer, fitting in a part-time degree in around bingo and pharmacy runs, and living vicariously through borrowed books she reads in her parent's flat above a bakery. But her world gets turned on it's head when Gran moves into an aged care home, the bakery and flat is sold, and her University academic lover trades her in - on her graduation day, no less - for a first-year student. In amongst the turmoil and chaos comes an opportunity of a lifetime: renting a bookshop and cafe in the quaint seaside village of Clove Lore for a fortnight with a complete stranger as a business partner. What bibliophile wouldn't jump at the chance to be a bookseller for a couple of weeks? -- I admit, it took a little bit of warming up to this book, but its a fun contemporary romance, exploring the untapped idea of 'what would happen if I packed it all in and ran a second hand bookshop in a tourist town even though I've never run a business before'. It was populated with interesting, quirky characters and I'd love to read more books set in this delightful little village, and learn more about the different people we see on the fringes of Jude's story. I enjoyed seeing Jude grow and become her own person, gaining confidence in herself, her own baking, and her arithmetic abilities. The scenes were gorgeously described and transported me to the little village as I read. It's not a serious book (although some serious topics were raised),it's a fun, easy read, just right for taking one's mind off the world. I'll look out for more of Ms Dunbar's books. Many thanks to Netgalley, Hera Books and Kiley Dunbar for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Heartwarming and delightful read!

    Thank you so much, NetGalley and Hera Books for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review. The book is out today - May 5th, 2021! Check it out to read. For the first part of the book, it really started slow that I had a hard time getting through it. However, after getting through the 10th chapter it was starting to piqued my interest. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading Elliot's and Jude's cute and heartwarming story. Both have shown growth and interesting side for being the characters. What I love and enjoyed from this book was their journey in the bookshop they've rented for 14 days. The transition from modern to classic was really beautifulky written. The books mention on this book was enough to intrigued me. Elliot's and Jude's chemistry was very sweet and cute! It was so good for a slow-burn romance! All in all, I loved it. This book has made me want to have a bookshop and a myself. The plot or the setting has left in awe! This is really a good book and perfect for a reader looking for a light read, cute, and heartwarming delightful romance book!

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