The Beautiful Things Shoppe

HarperAudio. 2021. 304p. 7:26 hrs. ISBN 9781488209291. $20.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Prescott J. Henderson is excited to take over the lease on his friend’s antique shop in beautiful New Hope, PA. At last, he’ll have a real home for the high-end antique furniture he loves to collect and sell. When he shows up that first day, he’s horrified to learn that he’ll be sharing the space with another dealer, with the least refined specialty Prescott can imagine: kitsch. The charismatic Danny Roman wears novelty t-shirts and shoes shaped like cheeseburgers, and he’s very proud of the mint-condition vintage toys, lunchboxes, and other collectibles he has on offer. Danny, for his part, finds Prescott unbearably stuffy. The two reach an uneasy truce that evolves into friendship, then more, when they team up to save beloved buildings that are about to be demolished—but each man is keeping a secret that could derail their growing relationship. Narrators Michael Dean and Kale Williams bring the characters to life.
VERDICT With realistic, though relatively low-key conflicts; quirky, warm-hearted secondary characters; and a believable love story, this will appeal to fans of contemporary enemies-to-lovers romances.
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