Book Review: The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling

This past year, I've only heart great things about this story, so when I won a copy in a giveaway, I started reading it as soon as I got it. I love books sets in bookshops and this one sounded wonderful. Here are my final thoughts: 

Title: The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hears (Lonely Hearts Bookshop #1)
Author: Annie Darling
Published: May 19th 2016 by Harper

Blurb: Where happy ever after is only a page away…

A delightful new series set in a quaint old bookshop, for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan

Once upon a time in a crumbling London bookshop, Posy Morland spent her life lost in the pages of her favourite romantic novels.

So when Bookend’s eccentric owner, Lavinia, dies and leaves the shop to Posy, she must put down her books and join the real world. Because Posy hasn’t just inherited an ailing business, but also the unwelcome attentions of Lavinia’s grandson, Sebastian, AKA The Rudest Man In London™.

Posy has a cunning plan and six months to transform Bookends into the bookshop of her dreams – if only Sebastian would leave her alone to get on with it. As Posy and her friends fight to save their beloved bookshop, Posy’s drawn into a battle of wills with Sebastian, about whom she’s started to have some rather feverish fantasies…

Like her favourite romantic heroines, will she get her happy ever after too?

Review: What a delightful read! It has all the ingredients I love in a novel: quirky and lovable characters, a love story with a tiny bit of craziness and the perfect setting, a bookshop. I had only heart great things about this story and I now I understand why, I had so much fun reading it.

This is the kind of read you can get lost in, especially if you are a lover of books yourself. Our main character, Posy Morland, is a real bookworm. She loves books, especially romance, and after a very difficult life, she lives cocooned in the flat above the bookshop where she works, surrounded by books. She shares the flat with her younger brother and I really liked their relationship, how they challenged each other and how they bantered, for example when she had to drag him shopping when his clothes no longer fitted.

So when the owner of the bookshop dies and leaves it to her, Posy has to face many huge decisions. First of all, how to actually save the bookshop. She gets the help of her coworkers, and the unexpected help of The Rudest Man In London, Sebastian. Posy and Sebastian has known in each other all their lives but they don't really like each other. Their interactions were the best, they even made me laugh more than once and I loved how their relationship slowly evolved.

In the novel, Posy finds an outlet for her feelings and tensions writing her own regency romance. This was a great addition to the story itself as you could really see how she was feeling, even if she refused to accept it herself.

All in all, I loved The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts and I'm already looking forward to the next book.

Rating: 5 stars

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3 comentaris

  1. I also enjoy books set in bookshops as they always remind me of a small independent one I frequently visited as a child (no longer there). It bring back memories and smells. This sounds great and the cover is divine.

  2. This one looks really cute (love the cover) and even though it's probably not my kind of read I love books set in bookstores! Plus I think I'd love to have a bookstore so anything like that naturally appeals. :) Glad it was a great read.

  3. I had this book for Christmas (after requesting it), and am really looking forward to reading it. I'm glad you enjoyed it too.