Book Buzz: How to Find Love in a Bookshop

So how could a bibliophile not pick up a novel entitled “How to Find Love in a Bookshop?”

Of course I did.

Book Buzz: How to Find Love in a Bookshop

How to Find Love in a Bookshop

Here is my observation about novels with bookshops. They have a sprinkle of whimsy and magic throughout. Any why not? Bookstores are … were … filled with wonder and enchantment. Generations following us may never know the delight of browsing in a bookshop, losing any sense of time and space while paging through new titles, and admiring the art of beautiful covers.

Veronica Henry’s How to Find Love in a Bookshop is set in the Cotswolds in England, a magical place in and of itself, where Emilia has returned following the death of her father Julius to salvage the bookshop he ran for years.

Called Nightingale Books, the quaint and dusty bookshop had been tended with care if not financial acumen. Julius was devoted to his beloved books and also to his customers who became his extended family. With his notion that “a town without a bookshop is a town without a heart,” he created a comfortable space that encouraged lingering and schmoozing.

When he passed away, Emilia — and the townspeople who adored him — were struck with the magnitude of his loss. Emilia vows to maintain the cherished bookshop in her father’s benevolent style, but struggles with the overwhelming debt he had unknowingly accrued. And as property developers circle her like hawks, having to shutter the doors for good becomes a grave possibility.

It is the cast of wonderful characters in the town that truly is the heart of this novel. We come to know and connect to the patrons of Nightingale Books who stop in to get recommendations for their next read … or ask for help in selecting a gift … or simply share their own stories.

There is the wealthy lady of the manor who hides a painful secret, and her daughter whose wedding plans are thwarted by a devastating car accident. There is the single dad desperate to do right by his son through introducing him to books. We get to know the painfully shy young chef who can’t bring herself to approach the man she secretly has a crush on, and the mum of a baby who offers free interior design advice to upgrade the shabby room of the shop.

This is a community of folks that values its local bookshop and its owner, and each other, through the ups and downs of daily life. These human connections that arise from a shared love of books are not to be found, sadly, when simply ordering a book online.

Are there shocking twists and turns? No. Is there murder, intrigue, and violent car chases? No. That’s not what this novel is. Picture yourself in a comfortable chair sipping tea (of course) on a lazy day with a cat on your lap.

That’s the feeling you’ll get when reading this novel.


One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of How to Find Love in a Bookshop. Please leave a comment below, and a winner will be randomly selected. US addresses only, please.


I received a copy of How to Find Love in a Bookshop from Viking for an honest review,
which is the only kind of review I write.

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47 Thoughts on “Book Buzz: How to Find Love in a Bookshop

  1. Looks good- have you read “the Storied Life of A.J. Firky”- about a book shop owner (and more)-think you will love that too.

  2. This book is going on my “to-read” list. And Helene, I never want to see you stop writing, but I also think you should own a bookstore! (That’s my secret dream, by the way.)

  3. I am always looking for new books to try. ‘How to Find Love in a Bookshop’ sounds great for fans of the genre!

  4. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but the beautiful cover on How to Find Love in a Bookshop is so alluring. It’s totally drawn me in!

  5. This sounds like a book I’d really enjoy but the title would have made me pick it up too. I’m a huge fan of book stores and can spend hours in one!

  6. Ruth I. on August 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm said:

    The title is catchy and has a pretty interesting story. I know I should get myself a copy to read.

  7. Wow I guess only an author can give such a good teaser. What a fun sounding book. The title is nice and catchy as well.

  8. This is the kind of book I’d really enjoy. I love the title, because I love my bookshops!

    • There is something wonderful about bookshops isn’t there – they are really quite magical places as they can take you so many places.

  9. The books with books stores or mentions of periodicals do have a magical things flowing through them because there is so much more meaning behind it than just the store or the book. Can also have some historical fiction ideas in it as well.

  10. Everyone needs to buy their copy soon, the next book will be entitled ‘How to Find a Bookshop’.

  11. Living so close to the Cotswold I feel like I could drive over and imagine this book being played out right in front of me. What a lovely book showing just how essential books stores are.

    • hbludman on August 28, 2017 at 8:28 am said:

      You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. We visited the Cotswolds once and I would love to go back.

  12. What an interesting new book. I believe I may pick it up. Thank you.

  13. Sounds like a good holiday read. 84 Charing Cross Road is the classic bookshop book, I love that.

  14. The title itself already captured me and add the cute book design too, definitely going to read this. Bookshops are cool places to chill and go on an adventure to different worlds and imagine a town without one, I’d be heartbroken.

  15. Whar an interesting sounding book, I have finally got back into reading so shall add this to my TBR pile.

  16. This is a book I can definitely see myself reading. I was intrigued just by the title, and your resume made me want to pick it up for a weekend read!

  17. Hannah Marie on August 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm said:

    It sounds like a great book. I love to read and I am hoping I could find a copy of this.

  18. This is my kind of read. I love books that have a bit of whimsy in them combined with love AND bookstores, lol. I’ve always wanted to own one because I love reading books to the point I surround myself with them. I just checked this out on Amazon and I bought this in hardcover. I can’t wait to read it.

    • hbludman on August 28, 2017 at 8:29 am said:

      Terri, that’s awesome! I am the same way. We literally have no more room in our house to store books.

  19. Oh I’ve been wanting a new, fresh book so I want to pick this one up. I love the interwebbing of characters and substories within one story so I know How to Find Love in A Bookshop will be one I’ll love. Thanks for the review!

  20. This sounds like such a sweet story. Not every book needs suspense, murder and intrigue!

  21. Sometimes an enjoyable sweet book is exactly what I need. This one sounds like a winner for me!

  22. adriana on August 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm said:

    This book sounds SO good! I am always on the hunt for some new, great books to try and add to my list. Can’t wait to try this one!

  23. Thanks for the great book review. While I love a good thriller or a chase scene, I think that books that have well-developed characters. They always make the novel to me.

  24. That title makes me giggle since that is how I found my partner. We met in a bookshop. I need to get this book just because of that.

  25. Claudia Krusch on August 27, 2017 at 10:22 am said:

    How to Find Love in a Bookshop will be a great book to read this fall on my vacation. I will have to pick up a copy this week. I am always looking for new books to read.

  26. This books sounds great. I love the heart warming slice of love stories that this novel has. I can’t wait to read this.

  27. I like reading novels with a lot of different characters that you get to know. I think this is a read that I would enjoy.

  28. I love books too, so amazing and loaded with lots of great information. This sounds like a great book.

  29. mai nguyen on August 28, 2017 at 7:12 am said:

    the picture in the post looks like the picture in my English’s book when I was young.

  30. Oooh this book seems right up my alley! I will have to add it to my Summer Reading (now Fall Reading, lol) pile.

  31. This book sounds like it would be a pleasant read. I love that it involves a community of people who love the book shop. I feel like that concept could get turned into a TV series.

  32. This sounds like a great book to just sit down with your morning coffee and read a little before the kids wake up! I just might have to go and pick this one up! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Sounds like such a great read. It is really fun that it is about a town all supporting their bookstore. <3

  34. Such a sweet story. Everyone does a summer reading list. My kids all come home for the summer I use September to regroup and read.. This will be read

  35. This didn’t happen to me but I find it so romantic. Will definitely check this out in bookstores. Thanks for sharing!

  36. natalie z on September 11, 2017 at 3:51 am said:

    I tend to be down to earth in my real life but love romance in my books. This seems perfect for me!

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