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

A beautiful and cute story! I'm a sucker for meet cutes and this was no exception! Would definitely recommend for book lovers and those who enjoy a romance!

Delightful book! I enjoyed every moment. I look forward to reading ,ore from this author.

Sometimes I just need a feel good book. A book about small town life and all lives intermingled has its quirky characters. Sweet love stories often make a charming read. As an avid reader, of course, I am a sucker for books set in and around bookshops. It's an added bonus when a book like How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry packages all of that in one story. Read my complete review at Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

A Penguin First to Read e-book in exchange for an honest review. Nightingale Books is a drawing point for the community and in turn an area for people to discover each other. This book is full of charming stories of loves gained and lost. Though it was formulaic story it was entertaining and worth the read. I would love to have this little bookshop in my town.

"How to Find Love in a Bookshop" is a charming book with warm, likeable characters, interesting interwoven storylines and no excessive drama. Is it predictable? Yes, but, based on the synopsis, it's what I expected. Overall, it's well written and will not disappoint fans of the genre. It definitely reminded me of " The Storied Life of A.J. Fiery", and I would also recommend it to fans of the movie "Love Actually".

Oh how I loved this book. It was predicatable- for sure- but I loved the romance and the idea of the Nightingale Books being the hub in which people are inspired by books and subsequently find and pursue love. This was a book that I had trouble putting down. It is a very easy and relaxed read, perfect for curling up with and enjoying with a cup of tea- which is what the bookshop proprietors would have wanted. I gave this book 5 stars- it was perfectly charming and exactly what I had hoped it would be. This book is good, clean, romantic fun! I hope to read more from this charming author soon!

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. I really enjoyed the story and found it to be an easy read. The story of Emilia and how she moves one after her father's death and keeping his spirit alive through his bookshop made me want to keep reading. He touched the lives of so many in the town and to see Emilia continue on with that was touching.

Love books about bookstores, so I was already engaged by the title alone. The book delivered on the title and really showed how books are often a source of comfort for many, especially the likeable characters in the book. From the bookstore owner Emilia to the loyal customers Sarah and Thomasina, Dillon who works at the store and more I found them all thoroughly enjoyable. A quick read that I recommend to all.

Emilia Nightingale is forced to return home to Peasebrook in the wake of her father's terminal illness. After his death, she decides to stay in the small village and take over his bookshop, Nightingale Books. The best word to describe this book is delightful. The characters are mostly likable and the dilemmas are nicely wrapped up. I think this would be the perfect book to read over the holidays.

A heartwarming tale about people who find love in a small town called Peasebrook. In the midst of the romance swirling in the air is Nightingale Books, a bookstore currently run by Emilia Nightingale, who took over as proprietor after her father's, Julius Nightingale's, untimely demise. Julius was much loved by all in the community for his compassion and his readiness to jump in and help solve his customers' dilemmas. He was a gem of a person who sold books to people because he cherished stories and wanted others to love books as much as he did. He was never into making a profit or becoming rich, which is unfortunately quite common with businesses today. Emilia is saddened by her father's loss, but is determined to continue her father's legacy and make him proud. Loyal customers, such as Thomasina and Sarah, feel a kinship towards Nightingale Books, and one fine day while browsing, Thomasina meets a gentleman named Jem there and sparks fly. Sarah Basildon, owner of Peasebrook Manor, meets her lover at Nightingale Books as well, and guards her secret affair from everyone around her, including her husband, Ralph, her daughter, Alice, and her staff, particularly, Dillon, a young man who has worked with her for years tending to the gardens and making them beautiful for visitors. Dillon harbors a secret affection for Alice, but knows he is unfit for her, in terms of status, not to mention that Alice is getting married to somebody else who is richer than him, but surprisingly less worthy than himself. Will Dillon be able to express his love for Alice before she gets married to someone else? Will Sarah finally confess and unburden herself to find renewed happiness? Will Emilia find love herself? Read this amazing novel to find out exactly "how to find love in a bookshop!" I devoured this read, and I highly recommend it to die-hard romantics and fans of happy endings! It is beautifully written, and it successfully managed to include many different characters, including ones I haven't mentioned, and their stories with aplomb. All the characters intrigued me, and despite their relatively large number, I felt truly connected to each and every person and triumphed with their highs and grieved with their lows. If you love a satisfying British romance, filled with inspiring hope, a hint of sadness, and a whole lot of love, this one is for you!

Generally well done, especially if you love books about a village filled with quirky characters who all get a HEA. Something kept me from full connecting to the story though.

Very interesting story that readers of 'The Storied Life of A J Fikry' would enjoy. Lovely writing and steady paced story telling.

I was lucky enough to get this book as part of the first to read program with Penguin although I think it may actually be released now. A wonderful book about a girl who comes home to run her fathers bookstore after he passes away. It tells the story of quite a few different characters all in some way connected to the bookstore and of them finding love. While at times I felt almost overwhelmed with all of the characters by the end I enjoyed their part in the story. Solid 3-1/2 stars.

This was a wonderfully written book that took me out to a little bookstore in a small town. It's not my usual type of read but I loved how the author pulled me into a small part of each person's life. The book had very little drama and left me feeling warm and happy. I would definitely recommend the book to someone who wants to sit back with their favorite drink and explore the countryside.

"How to Find Love in a Bookshop," by Veronica Henry, is the type of book you seldom run across anymore, with the type of writing and easy way of unfolding a story that was more common in books of a few decades ago. With that said, I have to say I was totally delighted that was the case. I love the old-fashioned feel to this story, and the gentle unraveling of people's lives and how they get sewn back together. I immediately wanted to visit this bookshop and the town it resides in and stay there forever. I can't really describe what makes this book so comforting and encompassing, you just have to experience these people and their lives for yourself. If you enjoy stories you can sink into and become invested in, then this is definitely a book you'll want to read and an author you'll want to watch for.

I found this book to be a cozy read. No excitement, thrills or heavy romance. Just a story of how reading books and a comforting place to go to pick them can bring people together. I would definitely recommend this book!

A very charming story that didn't disappoint with the happy endings that the title alluded to.

This was a very touching book. Emilia inherits a bookstore when her father passes away and has to come to terms with what she wants to do with her life. The bookstore becomes a meeting place of sorts and there are lots of secrets revealed. I had difficulty keeping all the characters straight and was not really drawn to Emilia's choice of love interest, however I found this book to be well written and a good read.

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry is a lovely, quaint story set in the small town of Peasebrook, a Cotswold town outside of London. Emilia's father is the owner of Nightingale Books, the bookshop he opened when he was young with a new baby, but he has suddenly fallen ill and passes away. Emilia promises her father that she will carry on with the Bookshop but finds out there are a lot of financial troubles along with it. Everyone in the town of Peasebrook are connected to the bookshop and, along with Emilia, the characters must solve problems, form relationships or save old ones, and learn to enjoy their country lives. I love that this book was centered around a bookshop and that everyone ends up happy. Definitely recommend.

Ms. Henry has given us a pleasurable, light read that reminds me somewhat of The Shop Around the Corner, but with more relationships interwoven throughout. Emilia returns to the town where she was raised to be with her dying father and then stays to take over the bookstore where she spent her childhood. Financial problems must be faced, old relationships renewed and new ones formed. There are so many happy endings that it seems improbable; however, the characters were enjoyable and the reader finds herself hoping that situations will work out for them. Thanks to First to Read for providing an advance copy.

This was such a light, fun, sweet story that's perfect for summer! Usually I'm not a fan of having too many characters and separate storylines, but I found myself enjoying them just as much as Emilia's and rooting for them all to find love in the end. This is a great read for book lovers and anyone who believes in happily ever after!

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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