This book was requested as an advance reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for this review.
I have to say that honestly, I have kinda mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the plot line sounds heavenly (a woman wins a bookshop and gets to make it her own), but on the other hand, there was a lot of times in the book where it felt a little cliche’d to me.
The main character Hallie was pretty likeable, but sometimes I found her a little stereotypical and two-dimensional. Although I related to her character very well, I felt like her and the other characters in the book could have been fleshed out a little more to bring them to life.
But on the other hand, the location of the book was beautifully described and I could definitely see myself in that beautiful village, walking down the high street and spending hours wandering around the bookshop.
And although the plot was slightly predictable, there were certain twists and turns over the course of the story that I just did not see coming.
I loved the blossoming relationship between Hallie and Dimitri and how perfect they seemed for each other. Like most romance books, I was just waiting for something to happen to throw a spanner in their relationship, but I was still surprised when it happened.
Aside from the relationship, the best thing for me about this book was that the author clearly loves books just as much as I do, and that was definitely reflected in this story. The love for books shines from the page almost as much as the love between Hallie and Dimitri.
“The world is endlessly big when you have books.”
Having reached the end, I was actually a little sad, I really hope that we get a second appearance of Hallie and Dimitri because I’d love to see how their future grows together in their perfect bookshop.