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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 enga 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!


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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 enga 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!

30 review for The Bookshop on the Corner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    This Kindle freebie was a disappointment. Fluffy and sugary sweet escapism, for non-critical romance readers only. Shy small town bookstore owner is implausibly swept off her feet by a handsome reporter from the big city. I thought the bookstore setting would give this story more heft, but if this lightweight novella had been any longer I would have DNF'd it. Eyebrow-raising quote: "To avoid any conversation about the highly illogical set-up I groveled in my bag for more gifts." I've never seen This Kindle freebie was a disappointment. Fluffy and sugary sweet escapism, for non-critical romance readers only. Shy small town bookstore owner is implausibly swept off her feet by a handsome reporter from the big city. I thought the bookstore setting would give this story more heft, but if this lightweight novella had been any longer I would have DNF'd it. Eyebrow-raising quote: "To avoid any conversation about the highly illogical set-up I groveled in my bag for more gifts." I've never seen "groveled" used as a synonym for "rummaged" or "grubbed about," so points here for creative English. Content advisory: Nothing explicit, but there's some innuendo and implied sleeping over, thus disappointing both the readers who like sexytimes and those who want squeaky clean romances.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Bookish, sweet, love, reading, friendship. I freaking loved this. It was an easy and thoroughly enjoyable 5 star read, which I'd recommend to anyone who has ever gotten lost in a book. I've picked out so many lines, so many fantastic, wonderful quotes. I think I probably highlighted half of this. Easily. “Time cleaning was less time reading, so I usually just did the minimal amount, and left it for another day, a day that would never come.” I could relate so much to the main character, Sar 5 Words: Bookish, sweet, love, reading, friendship. I freaking loved this. It was an easy and thoroughly enjoyable 5 star read, which I'd recommend to anyone who has ever gotten lost in a book. I've picked out so many lines, so many fantastic, wonderful quotes. I think I probably highlighted half of this. Easily. “Time cleaning was less time reading, so I usually just did the minimal amount, and left it for another day, a day that would never come.” I could relate so much to the main character, Sarah. She was wonderful to read. She's exactly the type of character that I think every bookworm would love to read, she's so familiar. And I loved the romance between her and Ridge, although it was a little creepy how he just showed up. And I loved how everything with Sarah related back to the books she loved so much. This is a happy story of love when you least expect it, with a little but of turmoil thrown in for good measure. It's set in a wonderful little town filled with wonderful characters who I want to read more about. I will absolutely read more of Rebecca Raisin's work. AWESOME. I want to go to Ashford. I'm off to read the Gingerbread Cafe books now! I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)

    So I read The Little Bookshop on the Seine before this one, so I already knew a little about Sarah and Ridge. But I still wanted to see how it all started. This was such a delightfully charming book. And Sarah was so relatable. There was a time when I spent all of my time reading (okay, not much as changed about that) and there was a time when I constantly compared the men in my life to the heroes of my books. I loved Sarah and her love of books. I just wanted to savor every single word. I loved So I read The Little Bookshop on the Seine before this one, so I already knew a little about Sarah and Ridge. But I still wanted to see how it all started. This was such a delightfully charming book. And Sarah was so relatable. There was a time when I spent all of my time reading (okay, not much as changed about that) and there was a time when I constantly compared the men in my life to the heroes of my books. I loved Sarah and her love of books. I just wanted to savor every single word. I loved her chemistry with Ridge. Their relationship may have been a little on the cheesy side, but it was still perfect. Love this author and these characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I was given an copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review which I am more than happy to give. Having read Rebecca's previous books based around the Gingerbread Cafe - Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe & Chocolate Dreams at The Gingerbread Cafe I was already hooked. Rebecca has a writing style that draws you into the story, her descriptions are so bold and vibrant you can vividly imagine not only the people and places but the tastes and smells, mmmmm. Rebecca is one very I was given an copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review which I am more than happy to give. Having read Rebecca's previous books based around the Gingerbread Cafe - Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe & Chocolate Dreams at The Gingerbread Cafe I was already hooked. Rebecca has a writing style that draws you into the story, her descriptions are so bold and vibrant you can vividly imagine not only the people and places but the tastes and smells, mmmmm. Rebecca is one very clever lady, she delivers almost enough but not quite - leaving you desperate from more, ensuring her next book will once again make it to the top of the reading pile. This story was based around a little bookshop owned by Sarah Smith and reading about her and the bookshop was like stepping straight inside a novel. The bookshop is more than just a job for Sarah it's her whole world, she spends more time there than anywhere else - going to work hours early just so she can sit amongst the books and read. She loves romance books and loses herself in every story so deeply when a tall, dark, handsome stranger turns up on her doorstep she's totally unprepared and finds it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Weirdly, reading the story was more like watching a play, it was like stepping inside a novel, with Sarah's friends tweaking the story to maximise the romance. I think every female in the town fell a little bit in love with Ridge and was egging Sarah on - giving her confidence when she needed it - never really expecting anyone to live up to one of her fictional 'Harlequin' heroes. But, Rebecca didn't just introduce us to the lovely Sarah who's quiet and unassuming but she also introduced us to Missy, Sarah's friend, who runs the hairdresser/beauty salon in town. Missy is the opposite of Sarah she's bold and vibrant with a slightly wacky/out-dated image. She's so full of fun I couldn't help but smile when she was around. She breezes in and out of the story like a colourful whirlwind that leaves you glowing and warm inside. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about CeeCee and Lila from the cafe not being at the centre of the story, I'm so attached to them but Sarah and her friend Missy have firmly made their mark on my heart too. The Bookshop on the Corner is closely vying for top spot and quite rightly so. It hasn't detracted from Gingerbread Cafe novels but enhanced them. What would make this even more perfect would be a merging of the two businesses into one premises. I could clearly see myself sinking into one of chairs in the window and losing myself in a book whilst sipping on my gingerbread coffee that CeeCee had brought over, whilst she subtly checked up on the gossip. This is a book that you will read in one sitting, like the cover it's seriously delectable. It only leaves me to say once again Becs I loved it, loved it, loved it - how can you top this?! And as you know I loved the personal touches you included in the book that for me was just perfect - the icing on the cake.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    You can find my review of The Bookshop On The Corner as well as many others over at http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/ In The Bookshop On The Corner, Rebecca first introduces the reader to Sarah Smith, owner of the only bookshop in her tiny little town Ashford, Connecticut. I instantly took a liking to Sarah, not only for her obsessive passion and love for all things books but because I could relate to her in so many wonderful ways. Sarah has always stayed in Ashford, never daring to venture t You can find my review of The Bookshop On The Corner as well as many others over at http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/ In The Bookshop On The Corner, Rebecca first introduces the reader to Sarah Smith, owner of the only bookshop in her tiny little town Ashford, Connecticut. I instantly took a liking to Sarah, not only for her obsessive passion and love for all things books but because I could relate to her in so many wonderful ways. Sarah has always stayed in Ashford, never daring to venture too far out into the big, wide world, completely happy with her nose stuck in a good romance book, her eyes flirting with the dreamy words printed onto the pages. Sarah looked upon her bookshop with a maternal and affectionate love, often referring to the books inside as her 'babies', which is something that I do on a day-to-day basis! At any time when the talk of adventure or change would crop up, Sarah would retreat back into her fictional world, perfectly happy with her lot. "Change was so alien to me, it was almost another language. I was a staunch fan of the 'if it's not broke - don't fix it' mentality." ~ Sarah It was hard for me to not read about Sarah and not see myself in her personality and characteristics. I guess you could say that she was a little child-like in some aspects, again, like myself. Sarah found the fictional world within the pages of a book a million times better than anything that reality had to offer. She dreamed of the dashing, heroic men that she read about in the piles and piles of books stacked up in her bookshop, she dreamed of the passionate, heart-pounding love that only fictional characters would ever be lucky enough to have. Put simply, Sarah Smith was a dreamer, living in her fictional world, drinking coffee and just living her (albeit fairy-tale like) never-changing life. I do believe that Sarah and I would be the best of friends if she was a real person. We're so alike it's uncanny. Another point that I feel I need to touch upon is that Sarah decides to start up a blog. Yes! A real, true-to-life blog. HOW AMAZING IS THAT? See?! We've got to be related! I absolutely LOVED the added blog aspect, it gave me a little thrill to know that I was also a blogger. Rebecca thought of everything, she really truly did. I was just astounded. Another character that I took a particular liking to in The Bookshop On The Corner was one of Sarah's closest friends Missy. One word came to my mind when Rebecca first introduced Missy to me and that word was 'diva'. Not diva in a bad way, but diva in a sassy, curvaceous, exhilarating way. I just loved the way that Rebecca described Missy. "Her form-fitting scarlet dress lit up the sepia-toned shop. She was all bouffant auburn curls, and thick Hollywood-esque make-up, and the type of person that made you smile just by setting eyes on her." Missy is also the owner of The Sassy Salon that sat on the corner just opposite The Bookshop On The Corner, so I was instantly given an image of this chatty, gorgeous woman who was loved by everyone and always had something exciting to talk about, no matter how dreary or grey the weather was outside. I really adored the way Missy seemed to brighten up Sarah's life. I mean, Sarah was clearly not depressed or sad about her lot in life, but whenever Missy entered the shop she seemed to leave a ray of sunshine and sparkle in her wake, and Sarah seemed to smile constantly. The relationship between these two was what every girl should have. Missy was Sarah's go-to when she needed advice, and a lot of the time Missy would hand out advice and comments whether Sarah asked her to or not, but not in an over-bearing way. Just in a way that said, "I'm your girl, and I'll be here for you no matter what." Missy was bursting to the brim with personality and goodness, and such a wonderful addition to Rebecca's characters. Rebecca also uses one of my favourite techniques in The Bookshop On The Corner. If you have read any of her previous novels and met Lil and CeeCee then you will see more of them when you read The Bookshop On The Corner. I absolutely LOVE when authors do this. I don't know about you but when you read a fantastic book and then have to say goodbye to the characters it can sometimes leave you feeling a little lost and sad. I find myself with an urge to catch up with them and see what's going on in their lives. In The Bookshop On The Corner, this is the perfect chance to do that. Lil and CeeCee from the Gingerbread Cafe appear in the story on more than one occasion and I was delighted when I heard their names being mentioned. In The Bookshop On The Corner, The Gingerbread Cafe is right opposite Sarah's haven and every now and again, she'll glimpse through the window and catch Lil and Damon canoodling. Sarah, Missy, CeeCee and Lil are a close, tight-knit bunch of friends and their chats over gingerbread milkshakes and all matters of yumminess really warmed my heart. Seeing characters from previous novels getting on with their lives just makes it all seem so much more real and magical, and I enjoyed it to no end. Another thing that I felt a strong desire to comment on was Sarah's bookshop itself. I want to work there so badly. It's like a book lover's paradise. Its not one of those pristine, modern, grey interiors, but aged, enchanted and sprinkled with fairy dust. That is honestly how I felt about Sarah's bookshop. Rebecca's descriptions of the book shop were impeccable, describing to me a place that I have always wanted to visit but never knew existed. "I turned back to the inside of the shop to watch shards of muted sunlight settle on piles of books, as if it were slowly waking them. The haphazard stacks seemed straighter, as if they'd decided when I wasn't looking to neaten themselves up, dust their jackets off, and stand to attention." Never before have I seen books be brought to life like this. Rebecca instilled a true fascination within Sarah's character that made her look upon the hundreds of books in her shop as though they were real people. I felt like I was in a dream-like state because of the way Rebecca drew me in with her delicate and quaint descriptions. Everything about Sarah's bookshop sang to me. It's exactly how I would choose to have my own bookshop if I ever had that opportunity. Books stacked to heights taller than me, books lying gracefully here and there. It was a pure delight to be invited inside of such a beautiful, ethereal place. Rebecca could not have chosen a more perfect moment to introduce Ridge to Sarah. Ridge Warner was heavenly in every sense of the word. Tall, dark and brooding, Ridge is a New York reporter sent to do a piece on Sarah's tiny little town of Ashford after he visited during the Chocolate Festival. (You can read about the chocolate festival in Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe) Bizarrely, Ridge was exactly how Sarah imagined her book-heroes to be; absolutely delectable, just like the sweet treats from The Gingerbread Cafe. I loved him. Loved, loved, loved him! He was charming, very dashing and every inch the disarming fictional book-boyfriend. Rebecca kept me guessing from the moment that Ridge entered the scene. I was excited to see where the story was going to go from here, and I was not disappointed. The Bookshop On The Corner is written with the same fluidity that can be found in all of Rebecca's previous titles. Her smooth, perfectly structured sentences allow for a pleasurable read. No hitches, no plot-holes and not a single thing that I would change, The Bookshop On The Corner is a staggering addition to Rebecca's creations. Every nook and cranny was brought to life in Sarah's little bookshop, every fleck of dust commented upon, every book alive and breathing. I am gob-smacked at the amount of creativity and phenomenal imagery that I have found in this title. Rebecca has left no stone un-turned, creating the perfect small-town woman just dreaming of her own happy-ever-after. I found an immense amount of pleasure in reading The Bookshop On The Corner. In fact, I read it in one sitting and slept peacefully once I was finished. Rebecca sprinkles her stories with such charm and delicacy that I feel like I'm bouncing on big, fluffy clouds. Becca's Books is giving The Bookshop On The Corner a befitting rating of five glorious cupcakes. This story is every book lovers dream. Rebecca has brought the hidden depths of a book lovers mind to the surface and unearthed all of our bookish secrets that normally we would keep to ourselves. This story couldn't be anymore perfect if it tried. I am in love with Rebecca's characters, the heart-warming connection between them all and the intertwined lives within the tiny town of Ashford. Rebecca, a huge well done to you! The Bookshop On The Corner was remarkable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    A week ago I read The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, and loved it, while looking for a sequel I found The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin and decide to read that as well. This is all part of the authors short stories set in Ashford, Connecticut, Lil and Cee Cee from Gingerbread Cafe both appear along with a new character Missy and first person point of view narrator Sarah Smith. It was a pretty nice story but not nearly as good as the Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, but A week ago I read The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, and loved it, while looking for a sequel I found The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin and decide to read that as well. This is all part of the authors short stories set in Ashford, Connecticut, Lil and Cee Cee from Gingerbread Cafe both appear along with a new character Missy and first person point of view narrator Sarah Smith. It was a pretty nice story but not nearly as good as the Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, but I'll be reading the sequel to see what happens to Sarah.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review* We are back in Ashford and I couldn’t be more excited!!! This little sweet town in Connecticut is just full of love and history, I love it. This time we are following Sarah Smith’s story, a woman with an ordinary name and the love of books. She lives and breathes the books she reads and her little bookshop on the corner is her life. It was amazing how I felt instantly related to her, the way she was thinking, her loves for books and th *Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review* We are back in Ashford and I couldn’t be more excited!!! This little sweet town in Connecticut is just full of love and history, I love it. This time we are following Sarah Smith’s story, a woman with an ordinary name and the love of books. She lives and breathes the books she reads and her little bookshop on the corner is her life. It was amazing how I felt instantly related to her, the way she was thinking, her loves for books and then she started her own book blog. I think we could be soulsisters. All she wants is a guy like her book boyfriend: caring, protective, handsome, sweet… But that’s only reserved for romance novels right? It can’t really happen. Well, Ridge, a very good-looking guy from New York, turns up at her shop. He’s a reporter writing a piece on Ashford. This guy is hot and he seems to be very interested in Sarah. Sarah however is not sure about it. He eventually asks her out and the go on a beautiful picnic. These sounds were so wonderful, full of sparks and butterflies ;) They talk and talk about everything: books, traveling… Would she go traveling with him and leave her bookshop behind? I loved the way he was always teasing her about her books and he read her blog, that’s so sweet. I especially adored the one including the genres, transferring it to their relationship… For him everything was about her and he went for it. Can I have a guy like this please? BOOK BOYFRIEND Their relationship might has developed a bit fast, but that was totally fine, because I instantly felt that these two were meant for each other. In Missy, Sarah has a great best friend. I love how Missy is looking out for Sarah, encouraging her in every way! She has a sweet little thing to share as well… As you all know we’re in Ashford, so this little town is probably familiar with some of you. Remember, Lily, CeeCee or Damon? Well, we get to read about them again here, which is great! I loved their story and didn’t want to leave it, it’s amazing the Rebecca created this connection. Now I really can’t wait for the next Lily and Damon step!!! Oh and CeeCee is just hilarious: Spacebook and Tweeter!!!! I’m still laughing ;) Now, let’s quickly come back to Sarah and her loves for books. Her morning ritual with reading in her shop is so sweet and when he was passing by, running… It’s great that she decided to share her passion on a blog, I mean who can understand that better than a book blogger. Of course also the drama has a place in this novella. What about the article about Ashford that is published? Did Ridge really write that? I just hoped for them to sort everything out… Rebecca’s writing is perfect, a brilliant storyline full of details. It’s sweet, romantic and just so remarkable!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Tonge

    Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book from NetGalley. What a cosy read! I'm loving the Gingerbread Cafe series and this third book didn't disappoint. Old favourites Lil and CeeCee appear once again, with glamorous, kindhearted hairdresser Missy. And now we follow the life of Sarah, the unassuming bookshop owner, who loves her small-town existence in Ashford. Whilst wistful about meeting a man to match Harlequin's romantic heroes, she doesn't foresee her future as Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book from NetGalley. What a cosy read! I'm loving the Gingerbread Cafe series and this third book didn't disappoint. Old favourites Lil and CeeCee appear once again, with glamorous, kindhearted hairdresser Missy. And now we follow the life of Sarah, the unassuming bookshop owner, who loves her small-town existence in Ashford. Whilst wistful about meeting a man to match Harlequin's romantic heroes, she doesn't foresee her future as a singleton bookworm changing - not until hotshot New York journalist Ridge arrives. Raisin writes with a real warmth that makes this book feel like a cosy reward, after a hard day - a bit like one of the flavoursome, steaming drinks sold by Lil and CeeCee. The writing is beautiful at times, full of appealing imagery. The characters are distinct and ooze compassion and humour. This story is a real treat for bibliophiles who will enjoy Sarah's descriptions of her wonderful shop and books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louise Seraphim Reviews

    **I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review** Well, this is the 2nd time this year I have been sucked into the picture perfect Ashford. The quaint town where not only can you find Lil and CeeCee at the Gingerbread Cafe. Supplying the delicious, sweet treats that had me practically drooling on to my iPad last time. Now we get to lose ourselves in Sarah Smiths bookstore. Chocolate and books are pretty much up the top of my favourite things list, so I'm now in my eleme **I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review** Well, this is the 2nd time this year I have been sucked into the picture perfect Ashford. The quaint town where not only can you find Lil and CeeCee at the Gingerbread Cafe. Supplying the delicious, sweet treats that had me practically drooling on to my iPad last time. Now we get to lose ourselves in Sarah Smiths bookstore. Chocolate and books are pretty much up the top of my favourite things list, so I'm now in my element moving on to Sarah's story. Stepping in to the Bookstore is like stepping through the wardrobe and finding Narnia beyond the coats. It's another world within the walls of Sarah's Bookstore. Nothing like any Bookstores you find today when trawling shops. These are the magical gems that pop up once in a blue moon. All of the books in Sarah's store say so much. Not only do they tell their tales, they also talk of the people who once owned them. Sarah has an amazing way of knowing so much about a book, she can picture it's life before it was sitting on her shelf. "Maybe a customer would stumble across one of them today, run a hand lovingly across their covers, before selecting a book that caught their attention. Though my theory was books chose us, and not the other way around." Just reading about this amazing bookstore with it's perfect setting and timeless inhabitants, would of been enough to keep me going for the entire story, but it's made all the more enticing in the form of Ridge. Just like the most coveted of book heroes. He's gorgeous, charming and incredibly interested in Sarah. Sarah has always been content in her life with her books and their dreamy, romance. She didn't want for anything else, when she had her books to keep her company. Yet she is starting to realise, maybe she should be wanting more. Her chance at a happy ever after. Not living vicariously through others. Perfectly timed, in walks Ridge. To bring out a hilarious amount of banter in Sarah, she never even knew she had in her. The rest of their story will most definitely have to be experienced personally, I wouldn't want to spoil it. "Right, a book on, er....." It was a gift of mine to be able to garner what book a person was looking for just by their dress, and their mannerisms, but this guy had me stumped. All I could imagine was that little man crease thing, right where his jeans hung. Note to self: stop dropping gaze to his nether regions." I absolutely love how when I read Rebecca's books, I seem to lose time. Her books are such a delightful, easy read. I get absorbed in to the book and when I look I'm almost finished. I do find myself never wanting them to end, and wish they were longer. The characters and settings are truly addictive. If it's not chocolate and sweet treats it's books. How could anybody not become glued to the pages. It's made more perfect by seeing some familiar faces from the previous books. The lovely Lil and CeeCee from the Gingerbread Cafe, with their wit and yummy treats to keep the light hearted atmosphere going. Also someone we get to see more of is Sarah's best friend, bubbly hairstylist Missy. A loyal and sweet friend who joins the others in wanting Sarah to find her Happy Ever After. I loved this tale with Sarah and her Bookstore and can't wait to see what comes next for the town of Ashford.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Review posted on my blog http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014... The Bookshop on the Corner was pure perfection. Sarah Smith is a massive lover of romance novels and pretty much lives her life through her books. Although she’s a little envious that her friends seem to be happy and settled, she knows no man would compete with her dreamy book boyfriends. Sarah is a character so many readers must be able to relate to. She adores her books, she blogs about books and she can even find you the perfect Review posted on my blog http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014... The Bookshop on the Corner was pure perfection. Sarah Smith is a massive lover of romance novels and pretty much lives her life through her books. Although she’s a little envious that her friends seem to be happy and settled, she knows no man would compete with her dreamy book boyfriends. Sarah is a character so many readers must be able to relate to. She adores her books, she blogs about books and she can even find you the perfect book just by looking at you… I had to connect with her because she pretty much was me! I think so many readers will see themselves in Sarah’s shoes throughout this book and I must say, when New York journalist Ridge is on the scene, it definitely didn’t feel like a bad pair of shoes to be in! She runs a gorgeous bookshop too which is pretty much where any reader would love to spend their lives. Ashford, like Rebecca’s previous Gingerbread Café books, is the setting in The Bookshop on the Corner and love the whole area. Friendship and fun is what that town is all about and Rebecca’s stunning writing makes it my dream location to live in. I honestly don’t think I’ve read any author build up settings like we get in the Gingerbread Café series. It’s beautiful and really takes you on a journey into a place you just don’t want to leave. I also loved how, though this can be read as a standalone, several fabulous characters from the other books returned. CeeCee, Lil and Damon are all back and we also get another great, easy-to-like character in Sarah’s best friend, Missy. Sarah, Missy, CeeCee and Lil are so warm and inviting. Their friendship brightens up this whole story – from their support of each other to their jokes and their teasing and full-on entertainment. They’re so heart-warming and really charming to read. Truly, I took a few days away from real life (Sarah would be proud) to read Rebecca Raisin’s novels and they all completely blew me away. The Bookshop on the Corner was my favourite by far and I do believe it probably can’t get any better… but I am more than happy to be proved wrong come the next novella in the series later this year! 5/5.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katey Lovell

    It is fair to say I am a huge fan of Rebecca Raisin and had been waiting (im)patiently for the release of The Bookshop on the Corner for months! The plot is simple- Sarah is a bookworm who owns a quirky second hand bookshop in Connecticut. She is passionate about romance novels, but never finds a man who compares to the book boyfriends residing in the fiction she adores. Then sexy, confident Ridge Warner, a journalist from New York, turns up on her doorstep- has Sarah finally found someone who c It is fair to say I am a huge fan of Rebecca Raisin and had been waiting (im)patiently for the release of The Bookshop on the Corner for months! The plot is simple- Sarah is a bookworm who owns a quirky second hand bookshop in Connecticut. She is passionate about romance novels, but never finds a man who compares to the book boyfriends residing in the fiction she adores. Then sexy, confident Ridge Warner, a journalist from New York, turns up on her doorstep- has Sarah finally found someone who can compare to the men in her books? I found it easy to relate to Sarah. She is a book lover, a dreamer, desperate for her own happily ever after -actually, she is very similar to me! I couldn't make my mind up about Ridge and didn't immediately fall for him, but enjoyed the development of the relationship between him and Sarah none-the-less. Naturally, the course of true love never did run smooth, and at one point I was fuming at Ridge-honestly, my blood was full on boiling! Books themselves play a huge role in this story. As a book lover, the descriptions of the bookshop were delightfully tantalising- I want to go there and sit in the reading room, losing myself between the pages of a well thumbed book. There were pangs in my heart as I thought about everything I love about books and why I will never, ever read purely on electronic devices. Each individual book has a personality, and is so much more than just a physical object. Raisin describes that beautifully. I also adored how book blogging was portrayed as a community pastime, which is exactly how my own experience of it has been. If you have read and enjoyed Rebecca Raisin's previous books Christmas at the Gingerbread Café and Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café then The Bookshop on the Corner offers more of the same in terms of charm, lovable characters that you will genuinely care about (including updates on Lil, Damon and CeeCee- YES!) and heart stopping old-fashioned romance. This is a delightful story which put a smile on my face and a spring in my step- full of hopes, dreams and most of all, my one true love- books. A gorgeous read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda ChocolatePages

    This book was just comfort reading at it best, curled up on my sofa with a cup of tea and a supply of chocolate I just devoured it. The main character Sarah is just a darling, I want her to be my best friend. She works in a bookshop, loves her books, her friends and her village. The book is based in the village of Ashford, which is where Rebecca Raisin’s other books of ‘The GingerBread Cafe’ are based. I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they are on my tbr list. The books all speak of t This book was just comfort reading at it best, curled up on my sofa with a cup of tea and a supply of chocolate I just devoured it. The main character Sarah is just a darling, I want her to be my best friend. She works in a bookshop, loves her books, her friends and her village. The book is based in the village of Ashford, which is where Rebecca Raisin’s other books of ‘The GingerBread Cafe’ are based. I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they are on my tbr list. The books all speak of the same characters as far as I know, so I am positive that they will all be fab books too. Anyway, back to this book, it is short story based around Sarah and her friends. Sarah is contented with her life and her bookshop, believing that she has her romance in her books, but then comes along Ridge. Wow, now he is my new book boyfriend!! ♥ ♥ The descriptive work of Rebecca Raisin really puts you in the life and heart of Ashford and Sarah. The way Sarah speaks of books, it was so captivating. This is a book that I think all booklovers will relate to. “….my theory was that books chose us, and not the other way around.” “Some stories consumed you, they made time stop, your worries float into the ether…” Sarah even starts a book blog! Now you see why I want her to be my best friend, I’d even move to Ashford!!! ♥ Sarah’s blog gets a lot more followers faster than mine, she gets over 3000 followers within a month!!! Wow, she must be good. I would like to read her blog too. The way she speaks of her blog, you can tell the Author is a fan of bookblogs too. “…a community of bookbloggers who were supportive and funny, and felt like real friends” There are so many quotes I would like to tell you from this little tale, it is wonderful, captivating, takes you to another world of book loving heaven. Read it, love it and then come back and tell me you agree its fantastic and Rebecca Raisin is an Author who can transport us to a land of enchantment and bliss….with the addition of a new book boyfriend!! ♥

  13. 5 out of 5

    Izabella ⋆ Pages Full of Stars ⋆

    Maybe my expectations for this novella were too high after I saw the title and read the first paragraph, but the only thing I liked about it were the descriptions of the books and the bookshop. For a bookworm like me, the author captured the love for books and their magic perfectly. Other than that, the story is full of annoying stereotypes and prejudices, with an unbelievable romance, a heroine who transforms into a big pile of goo at the mere sight of a guy, and said love interest who's just to Maybe my expectations for this novella were too high after I saw the title and read the first paragraph, but the only thing I liked about it were the descriptions of the books and the bookshop. For a bookworm like me, the author captured the love for books and their magic perfectly. Other than that, the story is full of annoying stereotypes and prejudices, with an unbelievable romance, a heroine who transforms into a big pile of goo at the mere sight of a guy, and said love interest who's just too perfect to exist. I was actually really disappointed that once the love interest enters the story, everything else was forgotten. Perhaps it's because I don't read Harlequin-like romances but I do enjoy a good "chick-lit" from time to time and this was just too silly and unreal for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I loved, loved, loved this book. Having never read anything by this author, I was happy to come upon it through NetGalley from Carina UK. Thank you to you for this great read! What did I love about it? First and foremost, it's about a bookstore and, of course, I can't pass that up Secondly, I loved Sarah. She was delightfully introspective and very much an individual. The story was so interesting I couldn't put it down. And, the best part is that I smiled through the entire reading of it! I inten I loved, loved, loved this book. Having never read anything by this author, I was happy to come upon it through NetGalley from Carina UK. Thank you to you for this great read! What did I love about it? First and foremost, it's about a bookstore and, of course, I can't pass that up Secondly, I loved Sarah. She was delightfully introspective and very much an individual. The story was so interesting I couldn't put it down. And, the best part is that I smiled through the entire reading of it! I intend to read the rest of this author's books to see if they are as good as "The Bookshop on the Corner." I suspect they will be wonderful and I'll be lost in a haze of happy reading!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Got off to a good start, but surprised me a bit with a certain expression the shop owner used several times about a love interest. Kinda seemed out of place to me, but that is just my opinion. It's a pretty sweet, cozy type romance with a few innuendos but no descriptive love scenes. It had strong friendships and I liked that. I liked all the book and book shop talk too. Readers who enjoy this genre will enjoy this book. Pretty good for a kindle freebie.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Morgan

    This was my 1st read by Rebecca Raisin and I can tell you now it will not be my last...I fell in love with the characters and what is there not to like about a storyline set in a book shop....really enjoyed everything about this book ....if there was a slight negative.. It would be that it was a little to short.... could have kept on reading about Sarah,Ridge and The Bookshop on the Corner for at least another 200 pages at least.....Totally Recommend

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    Bookshop owner Sarah falls for handsome journalist Ridge and what follows is a sweet romance set in an idyllic village. Meh..... all a bit sweet and fluffy for my liking but the writing was decent and I would like to read more about Sarah and Ridge so will give the next book in the series a try.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    One star for potential that was unmet. This book read like a first draft, which was a disappointment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A light hearted, sugar coated romance.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Waugh

    This book was nice enough. Just nothing more. The characters were nice but nothing special. The story was nice but nothing special. It was nice.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam Still Reading

    Rebecca Raisin has done it again! With the third instalment of the Gingerbread Café series of novellas, the reader is transported to the cosy setting of Ashford, Connecticut. Ashford is one of those towns that is truly special with its community spirit and wonderful range of niche shops (including Lil and CeeCee’s gingerbread concoctions). It’s a place I’d really love to visit, if only it existed! It seems that Ashford is becoming more popular in the fictional world as the quiet, romance-book fil Rebecca Raisin has done it again! With the third instalment of the Gingerbread Café series of novellas, the reader is transported to the cosy setting of Ashford, Connecticut. Ashford is one of those towns that is truly special with its community spirit and wonderful range of niche shops (including Lil and CeeCee’s gingerbread concoctions). It’s a place I’d really love to visit, if only it existed! It seems that Ashford is becoming more popular in the fictional world as the quiet, romance-book filled life of Sarah Smith, owner of the bookshop near the Gingerbread Café (on the corner in fact) collides with New York City journalist Ridge. Ridge has come from the big city to do an article of Ashford. After the chocolate festival (portrayed in the previous book, Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café), New Yorkers have been taking notice of this tiny town full of delectable treats and gorgeous items. Sarah’s bookshop is no exception. It’s a cosy place where one can curl up and read or feel the draw as a book picks you as its next reader. Sarah supplements her income with online orders and a thriving book blog, but her life is quieter than a library. She’s never had that dramatic romance and when Ridge enters her life, she’s sceptical of his plans. Sarah lacks confidence in herself – can her friends help her to see that she deserves her happily ever after? Once again, Raisin’s writing talent is evident in this story. The character of Sarah is perfectly drawn – her fears, concerns and happiness are all very realistic. Plus, Sarah’s imagination was lovely to read – about the books dancing off the shelves at night, the pull of the book that’s just right for you…it’s just magical. Her ability to turn the mundane into something special with a dusting of sparkle makes this book a read full of hope, happiness and beauty. There are elements of Cecelia Ahern here – Raisin has the same touch with making the characters feel real, almost as if they were sitting beside you, telling their story. Ridge is the classic hero with a dollop of extra sweetness – it’s clear that he’s willing to go the extra mile (or more) for Sarah. I would have loved to read more of his adventures in the Aussie Outback – perhaps there’s room for a sequel? (Hint hint!) I also liked meeting Sarah’s best friend Missy – she’s not quite CeeCee (who holds a special place in my reading heart) but she’s definitely dynamic, warm-hearted but with a secret pain. She’s a great contrast to shy Sarah, who is someone I’m sure most readers can relate to. Although a quick read, The Bookshop on the Corner will leave lasting memories. It’s a perfect book to snuggle up with in winter or to read on a lazy beach day. Thank you to the author and Carina UK for the eARC. http://samstillreading.wordpress.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    Author: Rebecca Raisin Publisher: Carina UK (Harlequin) Publication Date: 17th June 2014 Blurb 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 li Author: Rebecca Raisin Publisher: Carina UK (Harlequin) Publication Date: 17th June 2014 Blurb 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! Verdict I am such a huge fan of Rebecca's books and as soon as I heard that she was bringing another one out I just screamed with joy, the cover is ever so beautiful, looks very colourful and if it came out in paperback..it would stand out on shelves definitely! If you have read Rebecca's previous books then you will know we meet Sarah briefly but this book is all about Sarah, Sarah Smith is addicted to romance novels, she just wants to meet her very own book boyfriend, she owns her bookshop and the only one in Ashford, Connecticut. Love could be just around the corner when a New York journalist Ridge Warner steps into her bookshop...will she let her self fall in love with a hunky man and believe you can get that happy-ever-after in real life too! I loved everything about this book, I totally loved reading about Sarah and her bookshop but also being able to catch up with Lil and CeeCee too. Sarah reminded me of myself the way i love reading a good book with a lovely book boyfriend for you to fall in love with and also a dream of mine is to maybe have my own bookstore in the future. Reading the detail of Sarah's bookshop was great, I could just picture it with it homely feel and also having the smell of books would just be totally amazing. The Bookshop on the Corner is a feel good read may have you smiling, laughing and be in your own dreamland. It is such an easy read and you will be wanting more from Sarah and Ridge again. For any huge bookworms out there are going to love this new book by Rebecca and by the end of the story, you'll want to buy your very own bookshop and curl up with lots of books surrounding you. Thank you Rebecca for writing a fabulous story and The Bookshop on the Corner deserves this 5 star rating! *****

  23. 5 out of 5

    Isabell

    Originally posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes I kindly received The Bookshop on the Corner in exchange of an honest review by the author via Netgalley. In the Bookshop on the Corner we get to meet Sarah Smith, owner of the only Bookshop in a little town called Ashford. Books are everything for Sarah. She reads them, sells them and looks out for hidden treasures. The only thing Sarah does is spent time with her local friends and lose herself in a good romance book. She kind of lives in her own litt Originally posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes I kindly received The Bookshop on the Corner in exchange of an honest review by the author via Netgalley. In the Bookshop on the Corner we get to meet Sarah Smith, owner of the only Bookshop in a little town called Ashford. Books are everything for Sarah. She reads them, sells them and looks out for hidden treasures. The only thing Sarah does is spent time with her local friends and lose herself in a good romance book. She kind of lives in her own little world, never stepped out of her comfort zone and never left Ashford to traveled and explore the bookshops around the world. This suddenly changed when Ridge Warner, a tall, dark and very handsome journalist from New York entered her shop to interview her for an article on Sarah's hometown after he visited the Chocolate Festival. Maybe after a whole life of reading romance novels, the love gods decided to drop a real life hero in her world. I am a fan of the Gingerbread Series but I am not totally crazy about it. With The Bookshop on the Corner, Rebecca finally got me! This novella worked in every way for me. I loved every page of it. I kept turning the pages until I finished this wonderful novella. The execution was perfect, I adored the characters, loved the soryline, and the writing style. This is the kind of book I'd love to live in. I wish someone like Sarah could be my best friend. The Bookshop on the Corner had the perfect blend of romance, warmth and reality. The characters in The Bookshop on the Corner were all, in their own way, quite fantastic. Sarah is one of the best characters I've read about in a long time because I can relate to her in so many ways. Sarah lives and breaths books. So do I. I think Rebecca will hit many book bloggers nerves with The Bookshop on the Corner. We all know how important books can be to people. It's pure escapism for us. We get lost in another world, travel to places we have never been to, fall in love with characters, go on adevtures we can't experience in our real life. There is another character in this novella I really adore. This is Missy. Owner of the local hairdessser/beauty salon in Ashford. What a fantastic and caring friend she is. I really hope we'll hear more of her. Also we have the chance to catch up with Lily and and Ceecee from the Gingerbread Café. I highly recommend this novella to every chick-lit/romance blogger. It was a delight to read it brought me so much joy. You are in for a treat! Can't wait to read more of Rebecca Raisin's writing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Char (1RadReader59)

    This was a very sweet little short story. The story line is near and dear to me over the last 5 years or so before getting sick I was a multitasker. Never had time or got enjoyment from reading could stop or slow my brain enough. Raising a family and all just never allowed my mind to quiet itself enough. When I became ill that all changed it was all I could do but read. To escape my room, my mind, my illness and my fears that was yet to be diagnosed. So, reading so many books and talking with a This was a very sweet little short story. The story line is near and dear to me over the last 5 years or so before getting sick I was a multitasker. Never had time or got enjoyment from reading could stop or slow my brain enough. Raising a family and all just never allowed my mind to quiet itself enough. When I became ill that all changed it was all I could do but read. To escape my room, my mind, my illness and my fears that was yet to be diagnosed. So, reading so many books and talking with authors and reviewing a few then being asked to do it on a regular basis for one evolved into this. Now the blog. Here where I am going with all of this…These books do take on a life of their own in your head. If you knew how many different readers on my phone I have you would laugh and then how many hundreds of books I have you would call me crazy. It kills me when a new author comes out with a book and I don’t get it for fear I’ll miss out on that gem of a book. Or that book that was so special it haunts you so you remember bits and pieces of it. I can honestly say I am not like Sarah Smith from “The Bookshop on the Corner” who reads books over and over. I do however keep actual books or series of books to share with family and girlfriends. Sarah like myself loved a good romance. Yet, she hid behind it, out of fear of chancing her heart. So, she ran her shop and putted along. After a weekend of a Chocolate Festival in the town of her dearest friends had put on. Lil the owner of Gingerbread Café with her assistant and their dearest friend CeeCee the grandmotherly one of their group and local “Spacebooker”. Then there is Missy the owner of “The Sassy Salon” and her dearest friend. Why you ask? They all gather because the sexiest well-built live “Book Boyfriend” to ever come to life had been to the festival and was asking the girls all kinds of questions about her and her alone. Yet, to her, he was Mr. Ridge Warner a journalist from New York. There to do a story on their town of Ashford and their quiet little shops especially hers. Could he really be trusted? He just made her so nervous that she just started a flirtatious banter with him the minute she opened her mouth to say, “No” to not using her or the shop in the article. She wanted people to wander upon the special nook not be force fed it in an article. See the sparks these two make in this 5 stars short story. Provided by net galley. Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    Love Reading Romance

    Sarah Smith has been living her life, traveling to faraway places and falling in love with handsome men on a daily basis, but all through the books that line her little shop in the small town of Ashford. That’s until Ridge walks into her shop, built like a Harlequin hero and with the banter to match. But Ridge is a big city journalist, and Sarah doesn’t trust his motives. So. I freaking loved this book. I laughed. I cried. And all in the space of the few hours it took for me to fall in love with Sarah Smith has been living her life, traveling to faraway places and falling in love with handsome men on a daily basis, but all through the books that line her little shop in the small town of Ashford. That’s until Ridge walks into her shop, built like a Harlequin hero and with the banter to match. But Ridge is a big city journalist, and Sarah doesn’t trust his motives. So. I freaking loved this book. I laughed. I cried. And all in the space of the few hours it took for me to fall in love with Sarah, Ridge and the little town of Ashford. Although short in length, The Bookshop on the Corner is full of all the good things. I was swept away by the colorful cast of characters, delicious romance, the emotional turmoil, and especially Rebecca Raisin’s wicked sense of humor. This is very much a small town, sweet romance. There’s no sex, but all the sexual tension. It also contains some of the funniest lines I’ve ever read. I absolutely killed myself laughing, for example, when Sarah fell onto Ridge, only to have the following thought: “Do not lick the man crease — you do not need to taste it.” ^^Officially my favorite line of 2014. Sarah is my book-soul-sister. I think many readers will relate to her. She’s a bit of a Catherine Morland – lost in her book world and completely unaware that her own adventure is just about to begin. She has a special relationship with the patrons of her shop, understanding the way books can touch people’s hearts, but as her friends keep reminding her, she has to learn to look outside her books… especially if a romance hero turns up on her doorstep. Ridge might be a big city guy, but his sweetness separates him from the pack of the many traditional heroes no doubt lining Sarah’s own bookshelves at home. He falls for Sarah right from the beginning and makes it his mission to win her over. Perhaps some people might find him a little too perfect. But I don’t think so. I love him. Plus, he’s sexy as hell (as evidenced by the mentioned “man crease” above!). If you’re looking for a romance that’s going to make you flat out happy in book love, The Bookshop on the Corner is for you. It’s the first of the Gingerbread Café series that I’ve read, but I’m definitely going back for more! --- More reviews at: http://www.readingromance.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Talor Pickering

    The Bookshop On The Corner By Rebecca Raisin is possibly one of my favourite romantic reads of the year so far, yes that is a really big statement but the reason behind this is because of what you get from this book, you have strong female characters, delicious men that are as delicious as a double chocolate, caramel sundae. Not only do you get a fabulous love story but you get some really funny moments that are truly memorable I will share with you my favourite lines below. The story is all abou The Bookshop On The Corner By Rebecca Raisin is possibly one of my favourite romantic reads of the year so far, yes that is a really big statement but the reason behind this is because of what you get from this book, you have strong female characters, delicious men that are as delicious as a double chocolate, caramel sundae. Not only do you get a fabulous love story but you get some really funny moments that are truly memorable I will share with you my favourite lines below. The story is all about Sarah and her search for her own real life book boyfriend, that fairytale love story, when the handsome New York journalist turns up in her charming bookshop she feels the connection, she knows he is utterly divine, but can she really trust him, is it all just to good to be true. Ridge is handsome, he is classy and says all the right things, he even has a body of a greek god and he even eats ice cream seductively, he is perfect, the book is all about how one woman can let her heart lead and not her head. Ridge & Sarah are made for each other everyone can see it, but can they get over the long distance that separates them, can they survive a misinterpreted article? This book is divine, charming and is perfect for all book lovers! Rebecca has written a story where not only do you connect with the characters you fall for them all in different ways. You are lost in this beautiful town where you find yourself grabbing chocolate goodness and a beautiful book that was made for you. A love story for everyone, a must read & simply perfect. I sat up reading this till 2.30am no word of a lie it's that good, its totally worth the book hangover and its totally worth your time. Check out below my favourite quotes from The Bookshop On The Corner., "Yes, a frightful shame. A very good morning to you. Good Day" Oh, dear, I'd Gone from bumbling romantic to posh Londoner." "Do not lick the man crease - you do not need to taste it." "We immediately look for either an army of spiders chasing the person, or if that person is carrying a duffel bag with aunt pam's best silver. its just a neighbourhood watch thing." "you don't have an unsightly big toe, do you?"

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Leone

    Cheesy and cliché with good intentions. Recommendation: If you're looking for a light, romantic, quick read this may be one to pick up. If you're looking for a complex and earth shattering love then perhaps you should pass right by the Bookshop on the Corner. Sarah is a small town bookshop owner who spends more time with her nose in her books than anything else. Ridge is a fancy reporter from New York writing an article about Ashford. When the two of them meet sparks instantly fly and Sarah may ha Cheesy and cliché with good intentions. Recommendation: If you're looking for a light, romantic, quick read this may be one to pick up. If you're looking for a complex and earth shattering love then perhaps you should pass right by the Bookshop on the Corner. Sarah is a small town bookshop owner who spends more time with her nose in her books than anything else. Ridge is a fancy reporter from New York writing an article about Ashford. When the two of them meet sparks instantly fly and Sarah may have found her fairytale man. I am a self admitted all things book lover and when I find a book about books... I'm so in. I had high hopes for this novella and sadly it fell flat. Sarah was a weak main character, wishy washy and awkward. She could barely hold a conversation with Ridge for most of the story and when she did say something clever it felt fake and completely out of character for her. Ridge was a suave and knock a woman off her feet smooth, too smooth. He wasn't some fairytale man, he was creepy. Talking to Sarah's friends for help setting up a date after only speaking with Sarah for five minutes, picnics in the wilderness (where Sarah even admitted she wasn't sure if the date was a romance or a horror novel), and after only one date Ridge was professing his love and life changing devotion. I understand novellas being short and instant love in contemporary romance being a common trope, but this was so far fetched it wasn’t enjoyable. The highlight of the story was the town. Sarah has some amazing and funny girlfriends even if they set her up on creepy dates. The town was described well and with the right attention to detail to make me want more information about each of the shops and to entice me to read more in the series. The bookshop was dusty and packed to the brim with Sarah's love for it palpable and the way it was described make the shop the third main character. I really wish this hadn't been so... easy. It was an easy story, and easy love, and even the secondary characters had it easy. What little conflict there was between characters was quickly squelched and moved past. Such a shame, there was real potential.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    With a name like "The Bookshop On The Corner", I just HAD to read this! Sarah Smith runs a second hand bookshop in Ashford, a small town in Connecticut, America. Her best friends own shops in the same little street. It's a very close community. So when Ridge, the New York reporter with charisma, style and chiselled good looks comes to town for a story, he is the very antithesis of everything Sarah knows and is comfortable with. It very quickly becomes clear that this handsome and suave young man With a name like "The Bookshop On The Corner", I just HAD to read this! Sarah Smith runs a second hand bookshop in Ashford, a small town in Connecticut, America. Her best friends own shops in the same little street. It's a very close community. So when Ridge, the New York reporter with charisma, style and chiselled good looks comes to town for a story, he is the very antithesis of everything Sarah knows and is comfortable with. It very quickly becomes clear that this handsome and suave young man is interested in our bookshop owning heroine far more than the story he's there to write. Or is he? Sarah has her doubts. He appears to have stepped out of one of her gushing romance books; the handsome, debonair hero. He seems too good to be real. Her happy-ending-seeking friends, however, convince her to give him a chance. Perhaps because it was only a short book, I found the relationship seemed to move too quickly. I also found it hard to believe. I loved the relationship between Sarah and her friends, though. What I loved most was the description of Sarah's bookshop and her love of books. The way Rebecca Raisin describes the shop, its shelves, its cosy reading nook, everything, makes it virtually tangible. I was transported there and loved being within those walls. I identified with Sarah's obsession with books and the way Sarah believes the books carry memories within them of the people who have read them. I loved how she would imagine them flying around after dark, having lives of their own. It was mostly this that kept me page turning. This book is part of a series of books about The Gingerbread Cafe, which also features in this book. You don't need to have read them though, to enjoy this one. If you enjoy a safe and predictable, sugary love story with very little in way of storyline besides, then this gentle quick read will suit you down to the ground. If you like a book with less saccharine and more story, then you won't find this fulfilling at all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.... Being an avid reader and book lover, the title of this book instantly caught my attention. Definitely a title that I think will capture all book lovers interest. The Bookshop on the Corner tells the story of Sarah who runs a bookshop in a small Kent village. She is a serious bookworm and loves getting lost in romance novels. She's quite happy with her lot in life and having the same routine everyday, but the only romance she is get Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.... Being an avid reader and book lover, the title of this book instantly caught my attention. Definitely a title that I think will capture all book lovers interest. The Bookshop on the Corner tells the story of Sarah who runs a bookshop in a small Kent village. She is a serious bookworm and loves getting lost in romance novels. She's quite happy with her lot in life and having the same routine everyday, but the only romance she is getting is in the fictional world. Then Ridge walks into her little bookshop as if he is straight from one of her treasured romance novels... The Bookshop on the Corner is the third book in the Gingerbread Cafe series, but you do not need to read the first two to enjoy this one. This was a nice, quick read that I found easy to lose myself in. Sarah is a very relatable character with her love of books and introversion. She also lives in a really lovely village with some really lovely quaint little shops and a close-knit community- sounded like my ideal type of heaven. I would have liked to have read more about Sarah and Ridge. It just felt like their courtship happened a bit too quickly. Although I liked how this was a shorter book than ones that I have read recently and was just what I needed, I would have liked this one to be longer as I felt like a lot more could have happened to make it better and would have developed the story a bit more. This is just my opinion though, it is still a nice read, maybe if I had read the first two books it would have given the book a bit more grounding for me. Overall if you are looking for a light-hearted, quick and easy read, The Bookshop on the Corner is a lovely read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Natalie TBGWP

    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' 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.

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