The Bookshop on the Corner - Rebecca Raisin
Source: Courtesy of Carina via Netgalley
Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?
Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.
Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…
Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!
Hmm, I really don't know were to start with this one. In having proper mixed emotions over it. You see I liked it, but there were a few things that niggled at me constantly throughout. I'm a fan of Rebecca Raisin and I loved her Gingerbread Cafe series, so obviously with The Bookshop on the Corner being set in the same small town as that I was again excited to be there. The description of the town Ashford always has me wanting to be there, it reminds me of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. I can't imagine somewhere better to live so I fall in love with it over and over again. The Characters are a collection of eccentric, fabulous and friendly. Heroine Sarah I felt to be a bit flat. I just couldn't connect with her. This shocked me completely as she has my dream job owning a small secondhand bookstore with a reading room with a Parisian feel to it. She's a complete book addict like myself, and a firm believer in Mr Right. She just got on my nerves. Her constant need for reassurance, and need to use her life as a plot from a book to her stupid coughing really grated on me. I was thrilled to have CeeCee from the Gingerbread Cafe so involved because she brightened this book up drastically and gave that fun energy it so needed. I adored Ridge, he was the perfect gentleman, but I felt he was overshadowed by harlequin book heroes. I'm sure when you read the book you understand what that means. Overall the plot was constructed well and I have to give credit were it's due for that, but the blurb does give a lot away and I think of that was cut down the book would give a better element of suspense.
I recommend this book to readers who envisage old school romance and adore the old school vibe.