September 17, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
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*Published September 20, 2016*
I have a small dream of someday owning my own second-hand bookstore, and every once in a while I’ll have the urge to read books about people (fictional or otherwise) who own their own second-hand bookstores. Sometimes they’re great, like The Diary of a Bookseller and sometimes they’re not so great. This is an instance of not so great…which sucks because it started so good! And yes, there will be spoiler talk at the end, but I really need to rant about this book.
Nina Redmond is our main character and she is a librarian that has the ability to pair people with the books they need. To find the perfect book for the perfect person is her passion and her job. At least it was until her system decided to close down all branches and converge into one huge super media center. Now out of a job, Nina has to find some way to not only provide a living for herself but to continue bringing books to people.
Nina decides to do what any sane person would do and buys a van that she turns into a bookmobile that she takes to the country where there is no library. Once in her new sleep village, she discovers that the people here have been craving books ever since their library closed. Once again, Nina is able to find books for those who desperately need it in their lives. She also discovers all that she’s been missing from her life as well. She makes friends, she discovers the beginnings of love, she sees life for what it should and could be.
Now, please don’t get me wrong. I love it when a person goes out into the world to follow what their passion is and to do something with it. I’m doing that myself or at least working in that direction. But where it goes wrong for me in this book was the romance. Yes, the romance bothered me! GAH! It was going so well, then Nina decides to fall for a train conductor and that doesn’t end well, then it seems like she is going to be fine on her own. I would have loved to actually see Nina rely more on her friends from back in the city and her new friends in her village to support her than to see her do what seems a complete 180 and fall for her getting-a-divorce landlord! Yep, that’s right! She falls right into bed with her landlord who is currently getting a divorce. And it was so forced…I hated it. If the book hadn’t tried to make itself into a romance, but just about a woman who follows her dream of having a little bookshop to get the right book to the right person, it would have been one of the better books I have read. But it didn’t. Boo.
What books have been ruined by their ending for you? Why did it go so badly? Comment below and let me know!