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Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel. When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house wi Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel. When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered Edinburgh life. Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want Carmen there either. Her sister has always been sarcastic and difficult. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs a retail assistant for his ailing bookshop, so welcoming Carmen might still have some benefits for everyone. At Sofia’s behest, Carmen is thrown into the daily workings of old Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the streets of the old dark city. Can she use her design skills to revamp the store and bring it back to popularity in time to benefit from Christmas shopping traffic? Can she choose between bad boy literary rock star Blair and quiet Quaker student Oke? And will she heal the rift with the most important people of all: her family?


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Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel. When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house wi Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel. When the department store she works in closes for good, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. She doesn’t want to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered Edinburgh life. Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want Carmen there either. Her sister has always been sarcastic and difficult. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs a retail assistant for his ailing bookshop, so welcoming Carmen might still have some benefits for everyone. At Sofia’s behest, Carmen is thrown into the daily workings of old Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the streets of the old dark city. Can she use her design skills to revamp the store and bring it back to popularity in time to benefit from Christmas shopping traffic? Can she choose between bad boy literary rock star Blair and quiet Quaker student Oke? And will she heal the rift with the most important people of all: her family?

30 review for The Christmas Bookshop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    3.5 stars, rounded up Another cute book by Jenny Colgan. This is very loosely related to the Scottish Bookshop series, Ramsay, Zoe and the kids from The Bookshop on the Shore make some appearances, but mostly this novel is focused on Carmen and her family and can totally be read as a standalone. Carmen has never felt like she measures up next to her sister Sofia. Where Sofia is a successful lawyer with a big house, wonderful husband, three children and one on the way, Carmen still lives at home w 3.5 stars, rounded up Another cute book by Jenny Colgan. This is very loosely related to the Scottish Bookshop series, Ramsay, Zoe and the kids from The Bookshop on the Shore make some appearances, but mostly this novel is focused on Carmen and her family and can totally be read as a standalone. Carmen has never felt like she measures up next to her sister Sofia. Where Sofia is a successful lawyer with a big house, wonderful husband, three children and one on the way, Carmen still lives at home with her parents and is complacently working at the local department store. When the store closes down, Carmen reluctantly moves in with her sister in Edinburgh to help one of Sofia's clients try to make his bookshop turn a profit by Christmas. This book has a bit of romance, with Carmen trying to choose between two very different men, but overall this is really the story of two sisters trying to set aside their previous notions of each other and the lives each lives and learn to meet in the middle. As I have mentioned in reviews of Colgan's previous books, she has a fantastic ability to write believable children's characters. The kids are a perfect balance to the adult characters and add humor and heart to the tale. The one shortcoming with this book is the head hopping. It was really noticeable to me and a bit distracting when we are reading from Carmen's point of view and then all of a sudden the narrative switches to someone else's POV for a short while and then switches back. It's not a huge problem, as the strength of the story outweighs the problems. There's a strong sense of place and setting here, readers are immersed into Edinburgh at Christmastime, and if I didn't want to visit already I definitely would after reading this book. It seems like a magical place with Edinburgh's Christmas (winter festival), all of the shops decorated, and the sounds and smells of the season. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    I can't think of a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with this book! This book was like a warm cup of cocoa on a cold day! It just gave me that fuzzy feeling that I can't get enough of during the holidays. A bookstore, a story of starting over? Umm yes please! If that wasn't enough- let's throw in a good boy- bad boy love triangle! Sign this girl up! When Carmen finds herself with no job, no man and no plan...Well she decides she has nothing to lose by moving in with her very pregn I can't think of a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with this book! This book was like a warm cup of cocoa on a cold day! It just gave me that fuzzy feeling that I can't get enough of during the holidays. A bookstore, a story of starting over? Umm yes please! If that wasn't enough- let's throw in a good boy- bad boy love triangle! Sign this girl up! When Carmen finds herself with no job, no man and no plan...Well she decides she has nothing to lose by moving in with her very pregnant sister and helping her out. Little does she realize that it will lead to her trying to save a lovely but rundown bookshop. I absolutely loved the dynamics at play between the characters! Filled full of some of my favorite things...books, Christmas and a little drama! What was not to love? Will Carmen save the day? Will she choose naughty or nice? My lips are sealed! Huge shoutout to Bibliolifestyle and William Morrow for my gifted copy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barry Medlin

    **I received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway** This is my first read from Jenny Colgan and it will not be my last!! If you want a wonderful, uplifting book, then this is the one! It has a Hallmark Christmas movie vibe, but that’s not a bad thing. I love the characters and did find myself smiling quite a bit!! Really enjoyed the writing!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    Carmen and her sister Sofia are two very different people. Sofia is an attorney, she has 3 kids, one on the way, and a lovely husband. Carmen lives with her parents and works at a department store. When the store closes, she is lost as to what she should do. Her sister suggests she moves in with her, and help one of her clients at his bookshop in Edinburgh's shopping district. While working there, she meets two men that she feels a connection to. Can she decide which is better for her? I also lov Carmen and her sister Sofia are two very different people. Sofia is an attorney, she has 3 kids, one on the way, and a lovely husband. Carmen lives with her parents and works at a department store. When the store closes, she is lost as to what she should do. Her sister suggests she moves in with her, and help one of her clients at his bookshop in Edinburgh's shopping district. While working there, she meets two men that she feels a connection to. Can she decide which is better for her? I also loved the relationship between Sofia and Carmen. Seeing their bond grow, and letting their past differences go and learning to accept, and Love each other! The descriptions of the shopping district, and the bookshop itself during Christmas was just so descriptive and it was lovely to escape into the story. Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy! All opinions are my own

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellery Adams

    Another charming, light-hearted read by Jenny Colgan. The best parts were the bookshop descriptions (especially the window displays). I could picture every detail in my head and felt they were utterly magical. I wasn't sold on Carmen's romance and was more interested in the old bookshop owner than the petty squabbles between the two sisters. However, I wanted a feel-good story and that's what I got. I also enjoyed how the entire novel was a love letter to Edinburgh. Another charming, light-hearted read by Jenny Colgan. The best parts were the bookshop descriptions (especially the window displays). I could picture every detail in my head and felt they were utterly magical. I wasn't sold on Carmen's romance and was more interested in the old bookshop owner than the petty squabbles between the two sisters. However, I wanted a feel-good story and that's what I got. I also enjoyed how the entire novel was a love letter to Edinburgh.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Happy Pub Day! 🥂📚🎄 Just a super happy book with all the feels with two sisters, one who does everything right and the other, who does the opposite. They’re forced together when Sophia, Ms. Perfect, but also likable, is close to deliver baby number four! Carmen, funny and snarky, loses her job and goes to LIVE with her sister to help out with her other three children while her husband is away on assignment far from home. What starts out at, ‘this will never work,’ ends up a miraculous, holiday mir Happy Pub Day! 🥂📚🎄 Just a super happy book with all the feels with two sisters, one who does everything right and the other, who does the opposite. They’re forced together when Sophia, Ms. Perfect, but also likable, is close to deliver baby number four! Carmen, funny and snarky, loses her job and goes to LIVE with her sister to help out with her other three children while her husband is away on assignment far from home. What starts out at, ‘this will never work,’ ends up a miraculous, holiday miracle with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Jenny writes the perfect Christmas story that has this reader smiling from ear to ear a half hour later! Exquisite!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Jenny Colgan is one of my go-to, feel-good authors, and I've never not liked one of her books. Still, The Christmas Bookshop only gets 3 stars from me. While a sweet story with a lovely setting (Edinburgh), this book follows the Jenny Colgan formula so strongly that there really are no surprises. And in case you're wondering, here's the basic formula: - Unfulfilled, lonely, single woman relocates to help family or find herself or start over - She sets out to revamp a failing business, a bakery or b Jenny Colgan is one of my go-to, feel-good authors, and I've never not liked one of her books. Still, The Christmas Bookshop only gets 3 stars from me. While a sweet story with a lovely setting (Edinburgh), this book follows the Jenny Colgan formula so strongly that there really are no surprises. And in case you're wondering, here's the basic formula: - Unfulfilled, lonely, single woman relocates to help family or find herself or start over - She sets out to revamp a failing business, a bakery or bookshop or candy store - She thinks this is a temporary gig, but comes to adore the business and the quirky locals - She falls in love, often with the least likely of candidates - She mends family relationships - She finds true purpose and satisfaction in life Not that there's anything wrong with these storyline elements, and not that every single one of the author's books includes absolutely all of these... but let's just say that The Christmas Bookshop sticks very, very closely to the pattern, and I felt like I could call the major plot beats from a mile away. I liked the characters and the family elements, but would recommend many of the author's other books above this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan is everything you want in a Christmas book and more! It’s a charming and heartwarming story of love, family, relationships, and redemption. I knew a holiday story set in a historic bookshop would be good, and I was not disappointed. Carmen is forced to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, and her perfect family after she lost her job in a department store’s haberdashery department. With no job prospects in her dying town, she gr Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan is everything you want in a Christmas book and more! It’s a charming and heartwarming story of love, family, relationships, and redemption. I knew a holiday story set in a historic bookshop would be good, and I was not disappointed. Carmen is forced to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, and her perfect family after she lost her job in a department store’s haberdashery department. With no job prospects in her dying town, she grudgingly moves to Edinburg to live with her sister and her perfect family. Sofia, an attorney, finds Carmen a job in her clients, a dilapidated and unprofitable bookstore owned and managed by Mr. McCredie in the old historical shopping district in downtown Edinburgh. Carmen quickly realizes that Mr. McCredie is not a good businessman, and enjoys reading much more than running his bookshop. She uses her retail experience to instill some much-needed warmth, and Christmas spirit into the bookshop as she grows to love the store and old Mr. McCredie. She meets an exciting, famous, and rich self-help author who befriends her, even if he is a bit self-involved. And she finds the quiet, but lovely, university lecturer, Oke, a friendly face with a genuine personality, a warm and pleasant friend. A Christmas Bookshop has a lot of heart and is the perfect holiday book. These characters are so well developed with flaws and traits that make them real to the reader. The author’s descriptions of Edinburgh and the historic district in winter are so realistic I felt like I was walking to the old historic bookshop along with Carmen. The story flowed so well that I never felt it drag or move too fast. I enjoyed the relationship Carmen developed with Mr. McCredie, Sofie, and especially Sofie’s three (soon to be four) children. And I loved the way Carmen and Sofie worked through their old grievances and learned to love each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend The Christmas Bookshop to anyone who loves a deep and emotional holiday story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    4.5 Shiny, Christmas Stars! This was an uplifting, new beginnings story, full of Christmas magic. Carmen has just lost her job when the department store she works at closes its doors. Not sure what to do next, her mother convinces her sister, Sofia, to let her stay with her family and she agrees. Sofia also finds her a job working at Mr. McCredie's Bookshop, hoping she will help him turn his business around during the upcoming Christmas holidays. But, Carmen has always felt like a failure, espec 4.5 Shiny, Christmas Stars! This was an uplifting, new beginnings story, full of Christmas magic. Carmen has just lost her job when the department store she works at closes its doors. Not sure what to do next, her mother convinces her sister, Sofia, to let her stay with her family and she agrees. Sofia also finds her a job working at Mr. McCredie's Bookshop, hoping she will help him turn his business around during the upcoming Christmas holidays. But, Carmen has always felt like a failure, especially when compared to her perfect sister, who was excellent at school, is a lawyer, and is married to a handsome man and has three wonderful children. Carmen agrees, but she has no idea what she is getting into. She ends up sleeping in the basement, helping with the children several evenings a week and the bookshop does absolutely no business, in fact it is more of a storage center for old books. As she begins to work with Mr. McCredie, make changes at the bookshop and spend time with her family, she begins to change and figure out who and what she wants to be. I really enjoyed this story. The characters were wonderful and well developed, including the secondary ones. I really enjoyed Carmen's nieces and nephews and she found herself getting involved in their lives, thus letting us get to know them as well. There are two possible love interests in the story, one an author and one a professor/student. It doesn't become a love triangle, thank goodness, but she does choose one. You will have to read this one to find out who she ends up with. Old Mr. McCredie has his own issues and my heart broke for him. I loved seeing him and Carmen become friends and thus help each other heal. All the characters felt real to me, as well as the city of Edinburg. I loved the descriptions of the historic district. The story flowed so well that I never felt it drag or move too fast. A Christmas Bookshop has a lot of heart and is the perfect holiday book. I definitely recommend it. The audiobook was narrated by Eilidh Beaton. This is a new narrator to me but I was quite impressed. She was able to handle a variety of accents as well as both male and female voices of various ages. Beaton's brisk narration had me listening to this one at normal speed, to enjoy the story and not miss the nuances along the way. An enjoyable audiobook for me, that I recommend to those who love Christmas stories, romance, books set in bookshops and uplifting stories. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is 100% a Hallmark Christmas Movie in book form, so just lean in and enjoy it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie Durnell

    3.5 stars I loved the bookshop and Edinburgh, Mr. McCredie, and his story. But Carmen and her sister Sofia I couldn't have cared less about; hence the half star deduction from 4. 3.5 stars I loved the bookshop and Edinburgh, Mr. McCredie, and his story. But Carmen and her sister Sofia I couldn't have cared less about; hence the half star deduction from 4.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Pure Christmas fun. I looooved the bookshop element and the sister/aunt relationships - the romantic relationship was a little underdeveloped, but the former made up for it. A few loose ends that I feel weren’t tied up super well, but it was all so damn charming and cozy I almost don’t even care. Put this one on your Christmas reading list for sure! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read an early copy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Cristina

    4,5 stars *** "Oh, want something done, ask a busy person." *** "I think if anyone were to believe in something more than themselves, if you were to believe in something, I would say it is not unreasonable to think that when you touch a baby's face you are touching the face of God. Have you ever seen a baby in an old people's home? They are worshipped. They become divine." *** My second Christmas book of the year and it couldn't be much better. I fell in love with it, it's so damn cute and adorable. A 4,5 stars *** "Oh, want something done, ask a busy person." *** "I think if anyone were to believe in something more than themselves, if you were to believe in something, I would say it is not unreasonable to think that when you touch a baby's face you are touching the face of God. Have you ever seen a baby in an old people's home? They are worshipped. They become divine." *** My second Christmas book of the year and it couldn't be much better. I fell in love with it, it's so damn cute and adorable. Also I felt fascinated by the descriptions of Edinburgh and I've been looking at photos of this city to better visualize it in my mind while reading. This is making me want so much to visit Edinburgh and I'd never considered it before. Some chapters back I peeked the ending because, well, I just had to know. There's a bit of a romantic triangle. Well, not exactly romantic as nothing really happens, it's more of an interest of Carmen in 2 men and I had to know how it ended before reaching the end and I was super glad and enjoying more the reading knowing Carmen ends with the man I wanted her to pick. Did I mention it's super adorable and funny?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Juliana | heyjulianahey

    Thank you Goodreads and William Morrow Paperbacks for the giveaway ARC. The Christmas Bookshop will be published October 26, 2021. What I enjoyed: -The Edinburgh setting. Jenny Colgan made the city and the Christmas season come alive. -The bookshop owner and his backstory. -The children. What I didn’t like: -I didn’t buy the romance. I get that it wasn’t the focus of the story, but I wish it wasn’t so lackluster. -As someone who was born and raised in Brazil, I was puzzled by the author’s choice to Thank you Goodreads and William Morrow Paperbacks for the giveaway ARC. The Christmas Bookshop will be published October 26, 2021. What I enjoyed: -The Edinburgh setting. Jenny Colgan made the city and the Christmas season come alive. -The bookshop owner and his backstory. -The children. What I didn’t like: -I didn’t buy the romance. I get that it wasn’t the focus of the story, but I wish it wasn’t so lackluster. -As someone who was born and raised in Brazil, I was puzzled by the author’s choice to have a Brazilian character who is a Quaker, seeing as there are less than 150 Quakers in a country of almost 215 million. But okay, I guess. -The writing is a little disjointed and repetitive. There is a lot of going on tangents in the middle of sentences, grammar and punctuation errors, use of gendered pronouns for gender neutral words***, incorrect spelling of a city in Brazil where a Brazilian character is from, overuse of terms such as blah blah blah and higgledy-piggledy (to the point that it gets annoying and I have to mention it here). I want to point out I read an uncorrected proof, and I’m hoping the copy editors will give this the attention it deserves before the release of the book next month. ***I spotted this more than once and it really bugged me! For example, “[…] a place where any sane human would want to spend her time or her money.”—instead of their time and their money. Ugh. Overall, this one was just okay. But still worth picking it up if you’re looking for a cozy holiday read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Not my usual read but I really liked it! It’s a feel-good book to read around Christmas.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Two sisters couldn’t be more different. Sophie, an accomplished wife, mother, and career woman and Carmen who just lost her low paying job. Carmen is sent to Sophie’s to,help,out a client in his bookshop. It was fun to read the developing relationship between the sisters and for them each to realize value and worth in the other. The children added comic relief. The bookshop is inviting and books during the holiday season are especially magical. Visit Edinburgh in Colgan’s latest and see what hap Two sisters couldn’t be more different. Sophie, an accomplished wife, mother, and career woman and Carmen who just lost her low paying job. Carmen is sent to Sophie’s to,help,out a client in his bookshop. It was fun to read the developing relationship between the sisters and for them each to realize value and worth in the other. The children added comic relief. The bookshop is inviting and books during the holiday season are especially magical. Visit Edinburgh in Colgan’s latest and see what happens to the sisters. I love the festive cover. Thanks to William Morrow and NetGalley for the early copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynn J.

    I feel so terrible leaving such a low review, but I genuinely loathed this book. Do not pick this up if you are looking for a magical Christmas book. Don't pick this up if you're looking for a heartwarming romance. And certainly don't pick this up if you want excitement, multi-dimensional characters or even just an interesting story. I was completely bored by this book and not at all invested in any of the 1-note characters, or anything they were doing, really. Thank you to #Netgalley and #Willi I feel so terrible leaving such a low review, but I genuinely loathed this book. Do not pick this up if you are looking for a magical Christmas book. Don't pick this up if you're looking for a heartwarming romance. And certainly don't pick this up if you want excitement, multi-dimensional characters or even just an interesting story. I was completely bored by this book and not at all invested in any of the 1-note characters, or anything they were doing, really. Thank you to #Netgalley and #WilliamMorrow for a complimentary ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    One of my Christmas reads of the month was The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan, and I enjoyed it, as I do all of her books, especially those centered around a bookstore. This story was charming and engaging. I particularly loved the setting and cultural traditions of Scotland at Christmas. This story centers around two fairly estranged sisters who are living very different lives and are unexpectedly forced to reconnect in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In doing so, relationships are hashed One of my Christmas reads of the month was The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan, and I enjoyed it, as I do all of her books, especially those centered around a bookstore. This story was charming and engaging. I particularly loved the setting and cultural traditions of Scotland at Christmas. This story centers around two fairly estranged sisters who are living very different lives and are unexpectedly forced to reconnect in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In doing so, relationships are hashed out and healed, bonds are rebuilt, a new path and purpose is found, a romance blossoms, and a baby is born. The three children in this story are especially delightful, as is the older gentleman who owns the bookstore and has quite a history. This story is fun and atmospheric with a strong sense of family and a sweet, slow-building romance. As usual, Jenny Colgan shares her characteristic quirkiness and humor, along with her occasional off-beat style. There are a few plot elements I didn’t care for, particularly her slant towards paganism and ancient winter solstice teachings. I also found the occasional, and un-notated change of perspectives to be a bit confusing. It adds an interesting component, but could have been more clearly delineated. All-in-all, The Christmas Bookshop wasn’t quite my favorite Jenny Colgan story, but definitely a festive, touching and enjoyable one, nonetheless.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    I am always excited to read a new Jenny Colgan book as they are always such fun to read and this one was just as good as her others but with a Christmas theme. Set in Edinburgh this had all the elements I love. Christmas, bookshop, lots of warmth and cheer and a new baby. As well as a bit of romance thrown in. Such a feel good read this one definitely one to re read at this time of year. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an ho I am always excited to read a new Jenny Colgan book as they are always such fun to read and this one was just as good as her others but with a Christmas theme. Set in Edinburgh this had all the elements I love. Christmas, bookshop, lots of warmth and cheer and a new baby. As well as a bit of romance thrown in. Such a feel good read this one definitely one to re read at this time of year. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4/5, Holiday Romance) This story pulled allll my heartstrings. A very dreamy holiday read. Carmen finds herself in a tricky situation when the department store she’s worked at for years closes for good. With very little options, her mom urges her to move in with her perfect sister, Sofia, in Edinburgh. Sofia doesn’t want Carmen there either but with another baby on the way and a client who needs retail assistance for his languishing bookstore, welcoming Carmen might have benefits for eve ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4/5, Holiday Romance) This story pulled allll my heartstrings. A very dreamy holiday read. Carmen finds herself in a tricky situation when the department store she’s worked at for years closes for good. With very little options, her mom urges her to move in with her perfect sister, Sofia, in Edinburgh. Sofia doesn’t want Carmen there either but with another baby on the way and a client who needs retail assistance for his languishing bookstore, welcoming Carmen might have benefits for everyone. Carmen soon finds herself in the picturesque city of Edinburg running an ancient bookshop that needs to turn a profit by Christmas. I adored this sweet story and think it’s the perfect December book to pick up.I loved the author’s writing. Edinburg is officially on my travel bucket list. This is totally a Hallmark movie in book form with way better writing and you get to mentally cast it yourself (aka we don’t need to see Candace Cameron Bure for the thousandth time on screen).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McFarland

    This was such a sweet book with all the happy Christmas feels. Carmen moves in with her sister Sophia to help her out as she is expecting her fourth baby and Carmen is going to work in the bookshop of Sophia's client. The two sisters have a contentious relationship and grow closer during their time together. There is also a romance thrown in. Carmen meets two men who couldn't be more different than each other. What I really enjoyed about this book was the beautiful descriptions of Edinburgh at This was such a sweet book with all the happy Christmas feels. Carmen moves in with her sister Sophia to help her out as she is expecting her fourth baby and Carmen is going to work in the bookshop of Sophia's client. The two sisters have a contentious relationship and grow closer during their time together. There is also a romance thrown in. Carmen meets two men who couldn't be more different than each other. What I really enjoyed about this book was the beautiful descriptions of Edinburgh at Christmas time. Also Carmen's work at the bookshop and her friendship with her boss. What didn't work for me was Carmen's personality. Sometimes she was plain mean. I also didn't feel like the romance was fully developed. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bookworman

    3.5 stars (explanation why it's not 4 to follow). Another delightful story from Jenny Colgan! It was full of her signature witty, snarky dialogue, loveable and love-to-hate characters, heartwarming stories, and, as an added bonus, this book is a love letter to Edinburgh. I did take off a half a star because one of the main characters has (scary music) a man bun, a top knot, whatever you call it... ARGH! In my opinion, man buns are right up there with mullets; they make even the most attractive ma 3.5 stars (explanation why it's not 4 to follow). Another delightful story from Jenny Colgan! It was full of her signature witty, snarky dialogue, loveable and love-to-hate characters, heartwarming stories, and, as an added bonus, this book is a love letter to Edinburgh. I did take off a half a star because one of the main characters has (scary music) a man bun, a top knot, whatever you call it... ARGH! In my opinion, man buns are right up there with mullets; they make even the most attractive man look stupid and ridiculous. Perhaps I'm more sensitive than usual but this is the second book I've read this week that I totally loved except for the dreaded man bun on the hero. Anyway, give yourself a treat and an early Christmas present by reading this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on Oct. 26, 2021. Another happy charmer from Jenny Colgan. Taking place in a dusty, largely unvisited, book store in Edinburgh, this story brings a sparkling array of oddball (not super realistic but very lovable) characters including a Quaker dendrologist from Brazil, a self-important and extremely handsome self-help author, an all-too-perfe Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on Oct. 26, 2021. Another happy charmer from Jenny Colgan. Taking place in a dusty, largely unvisited, book store in Edinburgh, this story brings a sparkling array of oddball (not super realistic but very lovable) characters including a Quaker dendrologist from Brazil, a self-important and extremely handsome self-help author, an all-too-perfect sister (complete with unfortunately charming offspring) and an old recluse with potentially shameful secrets. Add a magic shop, the Ormiston Yew, and a terribly annoying yoga slinging blonde nanny with a nasty streak, and you have the perfect recipe for a light, fun, heartwarming read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Absolutely lovely addition to Colgan's Bookshop world. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and though I'll admit I'm usually mostly here for the romance, I love the children she creates as well. They're delightful. Absolutely lovely addition to Colgan's Bookshop world. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and though I'll admit I'm usually mostly here for the romance, I love the children she creates as well. They're delightful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Teri Kratz

    I thought this book would be a nice fluffy easy read after some rather deep and dark reads. It was not fluffy but I read it in just a couple of days because it was so captivating. I want to go and spend the afternoon at the bookshop and watch the train go round and round.

  26. 5 out of 5

    RivkaBelle

    Oh this is *good* ... quirky, colorful, sometimes prickly/spiky characters in a setting that had me desperately wanting to book a plane ticket ... It's a Christmas story, but it's also a sister story - a book lover's story - a find my way and coming of age story - an auntie story - a natural feeling romance story ... it's all the stories. And I must go to Edinburgh at Christmas now, even if the lack of daylight may give me intense SAD, ha. Oh this is *good* ... quirky, colorful, sometimes prickly/spiky characters in a setting that had me desperately wanting to book a plane ticket ... It's a Christmas story, but it's also a sister story - a book lover's story - a find my way and coming of age story - an auntie story - a natural feeling romance story ... it's all the stories. And I must go to Edinburgh at Christmas now, even if the lack of daylight may give me intense SAD, ha.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen W

    A cute and easy read, reminiscent of a holiday hallmark movie. However, I was hoping there would have been more of a ‘book store’ theme in this one as the name eludes to. I had read The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Coglan and liked that one better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    So disappointing…I couldn’t get past the narrator 😬 I’ll need to wait for this in print.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly K

    I feel as though it’s so hard to find a perfect holiday book. This was pretty close to the perfect amount of cheesiness and Christmas magic. My favorite holiday read of the year so far.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    3.5 stars It was a cute story and it did get better as the book went on, but not my favorite of hers

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