Back of the book :
Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for book lovers. But owner Emilia struggling to keep the promise she made to her father to keep it open.
Sarah, owner of Peasebrook Manor, has used the book shop as an escape in the past few years. But is there more to her frequent visits than meets the eye ?
Jackson, has messed up his marriage and now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. But is Jackson isn’t quite what he seems.
And Thomasina, painfully shy, has a crush on a man she met in the cookery section. Can she find the courage to admit her feelings ?
What I think :
Emilia’s dad, Julius died very recently. He was a single parent and brought her up alone after her mother died in child birth. He has left her the bookshop, Nightingale Books. She has promised him that she will do her level best to keep the bookshop open, but she soon discovers that whilst her dad was good with books, he wasn’t so good with admin. The Bookshop has a bit of a problem, in that its spending out more than its seems to be making. Add to that a local builder is trying to buy the shop from her. she’s not quite sure what to do. All she know is that she loves Peasebrook and her very loyal staff, Dave, June and Mel, who are always there for her. And also all the lovely customers that come into the bookshop, such as Thomasina, a cookery teacher at the the local school. Who is unbearably shy, Sarah the lady of Peasebrook manor who is married, but visited Julius at the bookshop quite often over the years when He was alive … Also lastly, but not least, Jackson, who after a messy break up only sees his son a couple of times a week, so he visits the bookshop to talk to Emilia about books to bring him and his son closer together, however he’s not quite what he seems …
And further away from the bookshop there is hunky Dillon the gardener for Peasebrook manor, who his a little bit in love with Sarah’s daughter, Alice. But, she’s marrying awful Hugh. Bea is married to Bill, they have just moved to Peasebrook from London, they have the gorgeous Maud who is six months old. They have everything they ever wanted So why are they not happy ?
This is a another gorgeous tale of family life from Veronica Henry, she seems to have a special knack of being able to bring so many wonderful characters to life. It takes you on a proper roller-coaster rode of emotions. One minute your laughing, the next your feeling sad. I really loved this book and all the brilliant characters. I really didn’t want it to end. it really stayed with me after I finished reading it.
I give this book 9/10 (5 stars)
Published by Orion Books on 16/06/16.
A very big Thank you to Elaine Egan at Orion Books and to Netgalley for the digital copy of the book to read and review.