What’s a girl to do? When the library where Nina Redmond works is closed due to budget cuts she is faced with the prospect of finding a new position. With the city’s central library going digital and turning into a more computerized interface with its patrons, Nina is woefully unqualified for re-employment.
But Nina has a dream of owning a quiet little bookstore where she can do what she does best – match people with books they will like. Storefronts cost money and in a city like Birmingham (England) they can be quite pricey. But Nina locates an old van that she converts into a mobile bookshop, leaving the city for a bucolic village in Scotland. Along the way, Nina meets a poetic soul in the guise of a train conductor who she falls for. Meanwhile, her new Scottish landlord is a man of few words who harbors a tortured soul. And as she settles into her new life, Nina will find that happiness is right under her nose.
This story shows us that life is what we make of it. Taking a first step towards realizing a dream can be terrifying and liberating at the same time. Author Jenny Colgan brings her characters alive with subtle description and dialogue. Even secondary characters like Fat Tam and Ben are memorable. All this is set against the backdrop of the picturesque village if Kirrinfief, a land of farmers and long-held traditions.
I found I couldn’t put this book down and read it in three days. Looking forward to reading Ms. Colgan’s other books.
Rating: 5 stars