Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Bookshop on the Corner - Rebecca Raisin

About the book...
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!
From the brilliant author of The Gingerbread Café trilogy don't miss this linked novella to get a sneak-peek at how Damon and Lil are getting on before the next book in the series - Coming October 2014!
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About the author...

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.
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My thoughts...
I was given an ecopy 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.

I gave this book 5/5