The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

31st March 2016

What the publisher says:

Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan returns with an hilarious, heartwarming, happy-ever-after as Nina follows her heart – and her dreams – to a new life in the countryside.

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…


What I say:

I have to admit I am a fan of Jenny Colgan and own several of her books already. When I saw this new paperback release reduced to £1 in the clearance section of my local WHSmiths I knew I had to buy it even though I hadn’t previously seen any reviews of it.

I was not disappointed.  I devoured this book in a couple of sittings as it was such a fun read.  Nina the main character finds herself moving to Scotland from Birmingham to run a mobile bookshop when she is made redundant from her job in the library.  Along the way she meets two train drivers, one of whom she has a brief dalliance with until he turns out not to be what she thought.  In some ways I suppose the romance element of the book is somewhat predictable in that Nina ends up with the man who initally seems to disapprove of her.

Add to this a sub plot involving a local family and some fabulous descriptions of books that Nina recommends to her customers and overall you have a fantastic read, one which I suspect I will return to over and over again.

Rating:  5 out of 5

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