The Bookshop on the Corner

Morrow. Sept. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780062567529. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062467256. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062467263. F
For young librarian Nina Redmond, nothing brings greater satisfaction than placing the perfect book in the hands of eager readers. To her dismay, her library in Birmingham, England, is downsizing and changing its focus. This presents petite, timid Nina with an opportunity to follow a dream of creating a bookstore on wheels. Relocating to the Scottish Highlands is an uncharacteristic act of daring for her. Driving an unwieldy mobile bookstore and living in a modernized remote barn introduces her to a world of small towns and stunning wide open spaces, along with a community of hungry readers. Nina blossoms as she matches books with both the young and old, all while engaging in two romantic flirtations. Who will win her heart, Lennox, a brusque sheep farmer working through a bitter divorce, or Marek, a lonely Latvian train engineer who leaves her romantic notes?
VERDICT Colgan's latest (after Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery) gently acknowledges the UK's recent library funding problem as well as the new roles libraries are assuming. Scotland is a bonny setting for this funny, winsome novel that will appeal to fans of Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop.
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