The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans ~ 384 pages ~ to be published 5/8/2020 by HQ Digital
Today is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!
Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life.
That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop!
Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first pages of every book, she knows she’s stumbled across something special.
Things get even better when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever.
But maybe it’s time for Hallie to find her own happy-ever-after, too?
What I Thought:
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
I have always loved books about books. They really are the book lovers version of a warm hug. The Little Bookshop of Love Stories is, absolutely, a warm hug. It is such a sweet little story, complete with book references and a myriad of quotes about how much reading can mean to people.
I really enjoyed watching Hallie grow and become more comfortable with herself throughout the book. She was always a “screwup”, but owning her own bookshop brought out a confidence in her that was inspiring to see. I will say, I felt like Admans tried too hard at the beginning of the book to convey her “quirkiness”. It almost felt like you were being beaten over the head with it. But, as the book progresses, Hallie’s quirks become part of the story, rather than something you need to be reminded of at every turn.
Hallie’s romance with Dimitri was so heartwarming and swoon-worthy. They both had an adorable awkwardness about them, which made it a fun romance to watch blossom. I loved that they were both so invested in the shop, and that Hallie was able to win him over to enjoying the hidden messages in the books in the shop.
Speaking of the books in the shop, I kept getting excited with Hallie! I could totally see myself as a bookshop owner who finds all of these fun inscriptions and wants to share them with the world. The concept of putting them on the internet and possibly reconnecting people made my stomach get fun little butterflies.
Also, the setting was so much fun for me. I love books set in Britain. It always makes me nostalgic for my trip to Britain that I took a few years ago, and makes me want to move there even more! I will say, some of the British slang went a little over my head, but it fit with the characters and their environment.
All in all, I think this is a great little love story for anyone who loves books about book people. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, feel-good contemporary romance!
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I gave The Little Bookshop of Love Stories 4 STARS!
Are you interested in learning more about this book? Check out the links below!
Are you a fan of books about books? What about sweet, contemporary romances? Books set in England? Let me know some of your favorites down in the comments!
And don’t forget to pre-order The Little Bookshop of Love Stories!
Love and happy reading,