Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Series: Book One of the Scottish Bookshop series

Genres: Fiction

Edition: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Pages: 364

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. 

 Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile — a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.  

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.


Nina is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read. I enjoyed her bookworm references just as much as I enjoyed her flaws. There’s something about flawed characters that really makes me, as a reader, happy.

The Bookshop on the Corner is almost Romantic with its twist and turns and suspensions of disbelief, but it also has the cold bite of realism to make it seem realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also thoroughly enjoyed Jenny Colgan’s writing style. It wasn’t pretentious at all, and I kind of liked the long(ish) descriptions. They seemed fitting, coming from an introverted character such as Nina.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to get lost in a book once in a while. Which, hopefully, is anyone reading this post!

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