How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

How to Find Love in a Bookshop

Veronica Henry

How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

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“Absolutely delightful.” --People

The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive. 

There's Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage—she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings. 

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future—and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

Advance Galley Reviews

Reading this book was like being wrapped in a warm hug. It just made me happy. Who doesn't want to read a book about falling in love in a book store? This book was so cozy, full of likable and colorful characters. It's the perfect book for a lazy Sunday in bed. While there were a few too many love stories for my taste, that's the primary criticism that I have. I really enjoyed this book!

No surprises or unexpected outcomes in this cozy novel about a bookstore in a perfect British town where everything works out and everyone finds their match. If there are some early deaths that set the tale in motion, there are just as many lifelong friendships that bind resulting the wounds. A story for book lovers and those who yearn for happily ever afters. I received my copy from Penguin's First to Read Program.

At the beginning, I had some trouble really getting into this story. The first several chapters focused on the main protagonist, Emilia, and her father Julian, who recently passed away. Then, all of a sudden -- it seemed to me, anyway -- Emilia's chapters were interspersed with a wide variety of characters, all of whom were very likable but a bit hard to keep track of considering I was already invested in the small handful of characters I had gotten to know up to that point. It is a very cute story, though, and I thoroughly enjoyed each character and how their stories weaved together with the legacy that was Julian's bookshop. Each aspect of the story wrapped up nicely at the end -- a little TOO nice for some readers, I imagine (myself included) -- but it was worth the read to feel gleefully satisfied at the end. Sometimes you just need a good "Happily Ever After", and this is it.

I was looking for a light, entertaining book to read and found it in How To Find Love In A Bookstore. I loved the characters, loved the different stories and really want a bookshop like Nightingale Books in my town. Thanks for the early read of the book.

This is an enchanting novel. I laughed, I cried – I loved it. Julius Nightingale is only 23 years old, with a baby daughter and mourning a wife who died in childbirth, when he purchases a building in the idyllic Cotswolds village of Peasebrook and opens a bookstore. Thirty-two years later, his daughter Emilia flies home from teaching English in Hong Kong to sit by his bedside as he dies. Determined to keep open the bookstore that her father loved, and which provided the only home she has ever known (they lived upstairs from the shop), Emilia resigns from her Hong Kong job and takes over the bookstore she has inherited. Her father was an old-fashioned bookseller who loved books, and whose customers loved him, but the store is in financial trouble when he dies. Emilia discovers this gradually … and also discovers friends both old and new who are willing to help her transform the bookshop to help it survive. On this journey, several people connected to the bookshop in various ways find love, including Emilia. This is a heartwarming story, perfect for a day when you need a comfort read. If you like novels set in English villages with characters you’d like to be friends with, you might want to give this book a try. I loved it. This review was posted on my blog,, on 8/16.

I enjoyed this was just too predictable. So three quarters through, I am moving onto other books I have from First To Read. Minimal language, minimal sex. Lots of characters who all interweave with the Nightingale Book store.

I felt that the description on Amazon was a bit misleading. "Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive." Emilia Nightingale does, in fact, struggle to keep the store open after her father's death, but she is, until almost breaking point, adamant against selling. And it's what she brings to the store after countless tragedy that transforms it. Her father had, before his passing, been the primary light source in the store, but it was not particularly successful while he had owned it. If not for those whom Emilia helped, and who helped her in return, Nightingale Books, her namesake since just after birth, might not have made it. I felt like their were too many intertwining plots. The cast of characters went in lots of directions and while they all served a purpose, it drew back from the chance to give them more in depth distinction. Also, the editing on the book was awful. Not Veronica Henry's fault (that's why she had an editor), but there were punctuation errors to the point that I almost had to put the book down. That's actually the leading reason why I gave it only three stars on GoodReads.

Upon the passing of her father, Emilia comes home to take over the family bookshop- Nightingale's.  A book lover's fantasy, everyone in Peasbrook has a story about how Nightingale's- and the owner- changed their world.    As Emilia tries to get the well loved but financially failing bookshop in order, we are introduced to the other lives in Peasbrook.  The lady of the manor, kind hearted screw up/ thug, terribly shy cooking teacher, troubled teen and musical heart throb.  Everyone has a story, but does everybody get a happy ending?     I have to say that there were so many ways where this book could have gone bad.  Having so many POV's could have made this hard to follow and awkward; instead it was fluid and beautiful- each character adding new dimension with their story without detracting from the overall premise.  Some of the character's solutions were nearly too easy and could have easily felt like the author had given up on them and wrote in a quick wrap-up to get them out of the way (you know what I mean, we have all seen it).  Instead it seemed honest and thoughtful still.  I adored the play between characters, and descriptions of the place and people.  This became a real, thriving village to me with characters that I quickly fell madly in love with.     Now, as it is about a bookshop I could wish that there were even more references and quotes littered throughout, as with The Little Paris Bookshop.  Still, it might have detracted from the many stories swirling around already.  All in all, I give it five stars.       On the adult content scale there is some sexual content, though very mild, and some language- oh, and hints of drug use.  All three are very tame and I will still be letting my niece choose this book if she wants.  I give it a three.      As always, I must thank First to Read for allowing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very sweet story about a young woman who returns to her small village in England to run the bookstore her father owned. It felt very much like "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" meeting Debbie Macomber which makes it an excellent relaxing read. I loved most of the characters and the ways in which their lives were changed by the interaction with books. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read something uplifting.

I am not a big romance or chick lit reader, but I decided to try this book anyway, and I actually enjoyed it. I liked a lot of the character, and found myself really rooting for them. I found this to be a sweet book with well written characters, and I wouldn't mind reading more from this author.

How to Find Love in a Bookshop was the perfect summer light read. The story unfolds when the owner of Nightingale Books dies and his daughter Emilia decides to take over. There are quite a few characters introduced early in the story and we learn about each of them from their point of view. Because there were so many characters, it took me about a quarter of the way into the book before I became completely engrossed. I liked how the characters eventually all become connected to the story. The author does such a great job visually describing the book shop that I had no trouble imagining myself strolling through the aisles or curling up in a comfy chair reading a book. Even though the ending is a bit predictable, I highly recommend this fun and cozy read.

What a lovely, sweet book. When Emilia returns to her hometown to take over her father’s bookstore after his death, her life intersects with friends old and new. But how can an old, rundown, in-the-red bookstore bring happiness and love to an entire village? Yes, the plot is predictable. Yes, there are zero consequences for some pretty awful actions. But none of that really matters, because the book is so cozy and charming that you can’t help but enjoy it and accept the happily-ever-afters.

*Thank you to First to Read for an ARC* I have to be absolutely honest. I don't read cozy fiction very often, so "How to Find Love in a Book Shop" is a bit of an outlier for me. But I found it quite charming and easy to read. When her father passes away, Emilia finds herself the new owner of Nightingale Books, the only bookstore in small town Peasebrook. The bookstore is more than just a commodity, it's a place full of secrets, dreams, and love. The patrons are wistful and pleasant, and their stories wind together in a satisfying way. Think of Stars Hollow, with slightly less eccentric supporting characters. As the title states, there is love to be had, including for Emilia. There is also the deep love of books, and how that love connects otherwise dissimilar people, touching lives. Everything is very tidily wrapped up at the end. This would normally bother me, but it seemed perfect for this book. All in all, it was an enjoyable read.

This book was so incredibly sweet and charming and the perfect thing to read when you need a bit of cheering up! I just loved how important the bookshop was to the people of Peasebrook. Emilia's father left an incredible legacy and I'm glad she worked hard to keep the shop open. I loved all of the characters storylines and the author did a fine job showing how books can bring people together. Thanks to First to read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

I absolutely loved this book! I don't often read women's lit/chick lit, but I couldn't resist the title. I love books for book readers, and hoped this would be similar to "The Storied Life of AJ Fikry" - it did not disappoint! Ms. Henry does a wonderful job weaving together an irresistible cast of characters, and creating the town of Peasebrook, which really came alive. The characters' story lines were both individual, and also overlapped with each other, which I loved. In terms of themes, this book has a little of everything - friendship, grief, marriage, love, motherhood, & financial struggles. The book is well written and well plotted, and the characters stayed with me. It's escapist in the very best sense - it transported me completely to Peasebrook, and I cared deeply about the characters. So much so that I missed my train stop twice while reading! I have been on a recent thriller kick, and it was a pleasant surprise to be just as engrossed in a book about lovely, relatable characters. Highly recommend!

How can you go wrong with combining two of the most alluring things in the world -- love and books? So is the premise of Veronica Henry's "How to Find Love in a Bookshop," a quaint and charming story of the town Peasebrook and its community. At the center of the book and the convergence of all characters is Nightingale Books, now owned and managed by Emilia Nightingale after her father passed away. While grieving, she is also thrust in the middle of her father's struggling business. The bookstore was well-loved, but it wasn't well managed. Post her father's death, the book unfolds and tells the stories of many characters in the small town. Each character ends up finding something life-changing through books -- whether it's repairing a broken marriage, healing an old wound, creating intimate connections or simply finding one's inner strength. I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. I'm a sucker for love stories and happy endings, and this book had lots of it. And there's a bookstore in the center of it all! I found the writing a little too clichéd though, and many of the scenes felt too predictable. I also didn't like the warring between women characters in the book, as well as the stereotypes. It reminds me a lot of those high school movies where you have the jocks in one corner, the popular girls, the nerds and whatever's in between. I'd say this is a grown-up version of those stories, complete with a bookstore. I still enjoyed it though -- it made for a charming read.

Being an Anglophile and bibliophile this book was right up my alley. This charming story centers on the Nightingale bookshop, the "new" owner Emilia, and the customers with whom she comes into contact through the shop. Format was reminiscent of Love Actually in the way it then followed the different customers and their personal struggles. Overall enjoyed the story and would recommend as a light read.

I loved this book! It was a great read ... can't wait to read more by this author!

This reminded me a lot of Maeve Binchy's books - cozy, warm-hearted, happy, and with multiple characters whose lives intersect. The author clearly loves books and bookstores. It makes reading this that much more enjoyable. Nightingale Books is that bookstore that everyone wants to visit, in that town where everyone wants to live. In the book, Emillia and Thomasina and Jackson have their romantic problems, though there's no doubt things will end happily. It's still so enjoyable spending time with them. Fans of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, another lovely bookstore book, may also like this one.

I adored this book. I couldn't stop reading it once I began. Though it reminded me of Love Actually in a lot of ways, and though most might criticize the lack of consequences and how everything seems too perfect and sugary sweet, I find it to be an endearing touch and a breath of fresh air. I've read so many books where everything is going wrong, no one is happy, and while it's a realistic reflection of life, it can bear down heavily and I didn't realize I needed this book until I read it. I was so ready for everything to go wrong in so many ways, but it never got to the worst point it could have. Cynical people probably wouldn't enjoy this book, but as a quasi-cynical person I enjoyed it for the escapism it provided. Sure, the stars don't always align, but it's nice to read about a world where they do. It's a bright, cheery read and it contains sweet heartache and romance. The characters are lovable in their own ways and you can't help but cheer a little when the happy ending is in sight. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it for anyone who wants a little escape from the "real" world.


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