Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?
Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.
Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…
Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!
*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
‘The Bookshop on the Corner’ is part of The Gingerbread Cafe series and is a really cute and short read. I was thrilled to be asked to review it (after entering 2-3 giveaways of it, and not winning, Ha!) since I really heard great comments about Ms Raisin’s writing.
I haven’t read the other installments in this series, yet that didn’t stop me from enjoying this lovely read. The story is simple, yet told in a beautiful and warm way. It’s about Sarah Smith, the owner of a bookshop and a huge fan of romance books. This was enough for me to love her right from the start (BOOKS…HELLOOOO!). She’s a great character, smart, upbeat, radiant, practically a girl everyone would like to have in their circle of friends. She’s a dreamer, but then again, isn’t every book lover? So, from this perspective, I simply know she’s a character which many of us would be able to connect to. She lives a pretty normal, bookseller’s/reader’s life, enjoying her romance books and dreaming of her fictional heroes. However, she was not ready for some curious NY journalist to enter her life and show her there’s more to life than romance books.
Let’s get something straight, honestly I liked this novella. It’s warm, too cute and you know us book lovers, we simply love stories set in a bookshop. It’s like, through these characters we’re living our dreams, to be around books 24/7. I don’t know about you, but it sure is my dream. There’s a lot of meat to the story, and the characters are well developed. Sarah is a wonderful character, which will get under your skin. However, this alone isn’t enough for me to give it a 4 or 5 star rating (7, 8, 9 or 10 on our blog). While I don’t think the writing is bad or even mediocre, I simply can’t say this novella stands out. The story itself might be good however I can’t say it’s a memorable one. I really think Ms Raisin has the potential, and honestly, I feel she can give more than this. But, on a lighter note, it’s definitely a feel good read, one you’ll read in one sitting while enjoying a cup of coffee or hot choc. Would I be reading more of Ms Raisin’s works? Of course, and I do hope I’ll have the opportunity to read them pretty soon.
My rating: 6/10