Oct 26, 2021

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan Review

The Christmas Bookshop
Scottish Bookshop #3
By Jenny Colgan
Release Date: October 26th, 2021
William Morrow Paperback
Source: ARC provided by the Publisher

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.

Laid off from her department store job, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. The prospect of spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered yuppie life does not appeal.

Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want her prickly sister Carmen there either. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs help revitalizing his shabby old bookshop. So Carmen moves in and takes the job.

 Thrown rather suddenly into the inner workings of Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the picturesque streets of historic Edinburgh, Carmen is intrigued despite herself. The store is dusty and disorganized but undeniably charming. Can she breathe some new life into it in time for Christmas shopping? What will happen when a famous and charismatic author takes a sudden interest in the bookshop—and Carmen?  And will the Christmas spirit be enough to help heal her fractured family?
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I have loved the Scottish Bookshop by Jenny Colgan since the first chapter of The Bookshop on the Corner, so when I saw The Christmas Bookshop, I knew I just needed it. 


The Christmas Bookshop really hit home with me, as it is set in Edinburgh, which is one city that I wish I had visited before I emigrated to America, in a bookshop (every bookworm's dream) and it is centered around sisters, which I can totally relate to. 


Carmen is our main character in the book, She feels like she has constantly being compared to her much older and "perfect" sister, who went to university and is a lawyer and has 3 "perfect" kids and blah, blah, blah... But after being laid off from her job as a sales assistant at the local haberdashery, her mother suggested (pretty much strong-armed) that Carmen go and work in the temporary job that her lawyer sister Sophia found for her in Edinburgh.


But when Carmen arrives at Sophia’s, it is as tense as she expected, especially with her perfect sister and her perfect home and their perfect nanny, but things are definitely perfect at Mr. McCredie’s Bookshop.  


But Carmen and Sophia’s story doesn’t run smoothly as secrets, hard feelings, toxic people, a baby, misunderstanding, budding love, and a magic potion, make The Christmas Bookshop the most magical gift this year! 


Yet again Jenny Colgan weaves a magical story in The Christmas Bookshop, that warms your heart and feeds your soul! 


I give The Christmas Bookshop 5 stars

Jenny Colgan was born in Scotland and has lived in London, the Netherlands, the U.S., and France. She eventually settled on the wettest of all of these places, and currently lives just North of Edinburgh with her husband Andrew, her dog Nevil Shute, and her three children: Wallace, who is 11 and likes pretending to be 19 and not knowing what this embarrassing ‘family’ thing is that keeps following him about; Michael-Francis, who is 9 and likes making new friends on airplanes, and Delphine who is 7 and is mostly raccoon as far as we can tell so far.  
Things Jenny likes include cakes, far too much Doctor Who, wearing Converse trainers every day so her feet are now just gigantic big flat pans; baths only slightly cooler than the surface of the sun and very very long books, the longer the better. 

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