The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

Sourcebooks Landmark. Nov. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781728246444. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Free-spirited Maggie is still figuring out her life, so when her best friend from college, Rochelle, asks her to temporarily work at her small-town, independent bookstore, she jumps at the chance. With no personal interest in books and a lot of strict rules to follow, she has a shaky start. She soon meets her colleague, Malcolm, whose job it is to report on her progress to the powers that be. As the weeks go by, Maggie starts to put down roots and begins a journey—reading and enjoying books for the first time ever. This leads her to flout the rules by starting a secret book group that celebrates all genres and uplifts banned books. But Maggie’s clandestine literary club endangers the bookstore’s existence, her friendship with Rochelle, and her burgeoning love affair with Malcolm. She’ll need to find a way to save the shop and her relationships if she wants to stay in the town that now feels like home.
VERDICT This richly-plotted romance from Robinson (Must Love Books) is full of charming characters and will appeal to fans of Jenny Colgan, Abbi Waxman, and Katarina Bivald.
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