Book – I tend to forgo reading the “Message to The Reader” section that authors sometimes include in their novels, instead going straight to the meat of the story. But Amazon had a free preview of The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, so I took advantage of the few pages I could indulge in. The author’s “Message to Readers” is brilliant, funny, and overall a wonderful addition to the book. Colgan describes the best places to read her book, necessitating comfort as the top priority. I loved her witty sense of humor and thought the excerpt was a great introduction to the story.
And the story begins with Nina, a librarian in a small library that’s going under in a world that no longer wants physical books. While her coworkers join the newly joined “library center,” Nina decides for once in her life to take a chance on her dream job: opening a mobile bookstore. She impulsively buys a van, and travels to a small town miles away to start a new life for herself. A romance blossoms when she meets a poetic train conductor, and a whole new adventure begins.
I love the premise behind this book: Girl Loves Books, Girl Loses Job, Girl Buys Van, Girl Turns Van into Bookstore, Girl Falls For Guy, etcetera…insanity ensuing. However, the story started losing me about halfway through and I felt that it was dragging. I stuck it out, hoping the pace would pick up, and though the story gained some interesting turns, it still left me feeling just a tad let down.