Advertisement: A Novel Holiday Idea
Borrow-A-Bookshop invites you to live out your dreams of running your very own bookshop in a historic Deveonshire harbour village . . . for a fortnight. [opening of prologue in The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday]
'Gran needs me, sorry,' I say, not making eye contact because I know I've said this a thousand times before and it wears a bit thin with people. [first line of first chapter in The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday]
'I want to know everything about you,' I say, and it's true. I really do.Elliot's eyes leave mine for a moment and it feels like winter coming, I'd been so warm under his gaze. He gets up, reaches for his phone on the counter and skips a few songs.'Or we could stop talking?' he says.I draw my neck back, trying to work out what he means.'We could . . . dance?' [excerpt from 56% of The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday]
The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.
Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).
Apply to: The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.
Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.
Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.
But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…
As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.
Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…
The perfect cosy, romantic read for any bookworm! Fans of Jenny Colgan, Cressida McLaughlin and Philippa Ashley will love this feelgood romcom. [Goodreads Summary]
Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.
Does the cover of a book affect whether you are more willing to read it? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
Yes and no. An attractive cover is likely to get me to pick up a book and take a closer look to see if it is something I would want to read, but no amount of an appealing cover is going to convince me on its own to read a book that does not interest me subject/author/genre wise.
On the other side of it, a not-so-attractive cover is not the death knell for a book. If the blurb entices me, the cover does not matter. Add in recommendations from friends or trusted book bloggers, even better.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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The quotes don't reveal much, but I'm still interested in this story. I like the idea of renting a bookstore. Enjoy your current read!ReplyDelete
Breana - Yeah, they aren't too revealing, are they? I like the idea of renting a bookstore too. I wonder if I could convince my husband to give it a try some day? Thank you for visiting!Delete
A holiday running a bookshop sounds great - I think you can do just that, but can't remember where I saw that! And I like the sound of The Lost Garden. And I fancy doing the Spell the Month in books too.ReplyDelete
Margaret - I think it sound great too! Maybe not for someone who already does that for a living, but for those of us who do not, definitely!Delete
I might have to participate in the Spell a Month feature more often. It was fun to put together.
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I love the look and sound of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. I hadn't heard about it before.ReplyDelete
I'm reading A Cowboy Kind Of Heart by Donna Grant at the moment. So far it's just.. Mwahh
Maureen - I am looking forward to reading Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors. It's well liked from what I can tell--but even with that, it sounds good! I hope A Cowboy Kind of Heart gets better for you soon! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm not a huge fan of romance, but I would definitely like to borrow a bookshop!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - It sounds like a reader's dream vacation. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I can see that this book would have widespread popular appeal. Borrowing a bookstore for vacation? Yes, count me in.ReplyDelete
Deb - I am not too far in yet but hopefully it will be good! I am definitely up for that type of vacation. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I love any books with "bookshop" in the title, and this one is calling to me. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.ReplyDelete
Laurel-Rain - Me too! I can't resist books about bookstores/bookshops--or even book clubs. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
What a fun idea for a vacation! Sounds like something I'd love to do. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - It does sound fun, doesn't it? Thank you for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend too.Delete
I love the idea of borrowing a book shop for a holiday. Wouldn't that be fun? My Friday quotes from THE GREATEST MIRACLE IN THE WORLDReplyDelete
Anne - It would be so much fun! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday looks super fun. I'd totally read that one! :)ReplyDelete
Lark - It was really cute! Thank you for visiting!Delete
The setting alone lured me in!! Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Freda - I wish I could have stepped into the book and spent time there. Sounds like a lovely place! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I absolutely love the premise of your current read--and I've read about the actual bookshop somewhere in Scotland where you can be a bookshopkeeper for the day.ReplyDelete
Thanks, also, for the shoutout. Is it really 5 years ago we read that book? I miss our postal book club!
Enjoy your book and the weekend, Wendy!
Catherine - In a note at the end of the book, the author mentions the real bookshop. She's never actually been there and so hers is based on a fictional one. Regardless, I love that it's actually a thing.Delete
I miss your postal book club too! It was a lot of fun.
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Borrow a Bookshop sounds really cute, hope you enjoy! Also I’m a huge fan of Chanel Cleeton so I’m glad you mentioned her book since I didn’t know she had anything new our. Now I have to add it to my list. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Mtucha - It was cute! I enjoyed Chanel Cleeton's novel and look forward to reading more by her. I am glad you like her work! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday does sound really good - and ties in nicely with the blogger hop question. I'm not so struck on the cover but the blurb is enough to make me ignore it!ReplyDelete
Louise - I see what you mean! I actually don't mind that cover and find it fits the type of book it is. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Gosh, I haven't read any of these books. There is a town in Scotland where you can run the local indie bookshop for a day as part of a holiday.ReplyDelete
Helen - I've heard of that. And the author references it in her notes at the end of the book. Definitely something worth doing if a person got the chance! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'm hooked on your book of the day, which one of us bookish people wouldn't give their eye teeth to be let loose in a bookshop for the summer, although I'm not too sure about serving cream teas!! The only thing which lets this one down a bit for me, is that the author doesn't use 'real' locations, as I like to be able to plot the action in a story in real time. There is a place in Devon called Clovelly, which is probably where Clove Lore is based on?ReplyDelete
I haven't read 'The Lost Garden' but I love that beautiful cover. I only reviewed one book this time five years ago and that was a murder/mystery called 'The Devil's Tombstone' by author Carolyn J. Rose, an author whose writing style I really enjoy.
I like your choices for the 'Connect 5 Friday' all are new to me.
A great post, thanks for sharing and have a good weekend :)
Yvonne - It would be such a dream! This bookshop came with a little café attached, which I probably would not be as good at running (especially if I was making the food to serve), but I love the idea.Delete
Yes, this author didn't use a real location for her book, but is is loosely based on Clovelly. She mentions that in her note at the end of the novel. She has very fond memories of the place and has visited often.
Thank you for sharing the link to The Devil's Tombstone with me! I am glad you enjoyed it.
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Great idea to spell out April. I loved Pride Prejudice and Other Flavours.ReplyDelete
Kathryn - I am glad to hear it! I look forward to reading it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Akata Witch was great. I hope you enjoy!ReplyDelete
Lauren @ Always Me
Lauren - I keep hoping my daughter will read it with me, but regardless, I look forward to reading it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Looks good. So many books lately involve a bookshop. I love it! Hope you have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Yvonne - Yes! It does seem like the bookshop themed books are coming out in droves these days. Like you, I'm not complaining. I love it too. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Love the books on your Connect Five! Will add to my TBRReplyDelete
Beverley - Thank you!Delete
I love a good book cover but it's not the deciding factor for me either. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Jamie - An attractive cover just isn't enough on its own. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
Interesting about The Lost Garden, Wendy. My best friend sent me her copy and I enjoyed it, but haven't reviewed it yet. Love the cover.ReplyDelete
Jenclair - I am glad you enjoyed The Lost Garden too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday sounds really fun. I mean, wouldn't we all dream of that?! And, regarding covers... I can't pass up a cover I like. Well, at least when I was visiting bookstores and the library before the pandemic, a striking cover will at least make me want to read what the book is about.ReplyDelete
Iliana - Yes, a cover can get me to pick up a book for a closer look, but it isn't enough to make me want to read it ultimately. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I haven't read The Lost Garden but it looks gorgeous! I also really want to read pretty much anything by Cleeton and The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday sounds absolutely delightful. I'm kind of funny about covers. A good cover will make me take a second glance at the book but if the blurb doesn't grab me I probably won't read it. However, if the cover is bad I won't even look at the blurb so there's almost zero chance I'll read it.ReplyDelete
Katherine - I really liked it. I am looking forward to reading Cleeton's other books now. I do pass by some books that have unattractive covers--although if a friend recommends it or I catch wind of the blurb and it sounds good, I would be open to trying it. I just wouldn't necessarily take a closer look if I didn't know anything about it going in. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I would LOVE to borrow a bookshop for a vacation, except that I would probably never give it back! And yes, we really are in perfect agreement on covers ;) Thank you for dropping by my post and I hope you're having a lovely weekend!ReplyDelete
Juli - Haha! I was kind of hoping the protagonist wouldn't have to give it back in the end. LOL Thank you for visiting!Delete
I can never get too many "cat pictures" - adorable. We have one that jumps from the counter to a 3" overhang at the top of of refrigerator when he wants attention or, he will stick his head out of a very high loft railing! My granddaughter, 9 this month, has read all of the Dork Diaries series. I gave her the first 10 Nancy Drews but don't think she is into them yet.ReplyDelete
Diane - I love cat pictures too. :-) That would be my Nina too. She often gets on top of the high cupboards and hangs out. She's fearless when it comes to heights. The Dork Diary series is a fun one. My daughter really enjoys the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
A vacation running a bookstore...interesting! It would be a dream job but I don't know that I would want to pay for the privilege. I have picked up books because of the cover and probably overlooked a few too but it is what is in the story that really matters.ReplyDelete
Carole - With the views in the book, I would pay. LOL It's a neat idea. The café part would probably be an issue for me though. Thank you for visiting!Delete
You should definitely try the book Much Ado About You by Samantha Young, I think I mentioned it when I saw you post about this book before. I haven't read any of the other books you've listed although a couple are on my own TBR. And I love how you share what you were reading 5 years ago. I wish I would remember to do somethinng like that!ReplyDelete
Lisa Loves Literature
Lisa - Much Ado About You is on my wish list so perhaps one day. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I love the idea of borrowing a bookshop for a holiday. I was getting ready to mention that Much Ado About You has a similar concept and is a delightful read but I see Lisa above me just mentioned it. :)ReplyDelete
Suzanne - It's on my wish list so we'll see. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've not heard of these books on your list but The Lost Garden sounds like a good one. And the cover is pretty, too. :)ReplyDelete
Melody - It is a good one. :-)Delete