Review by Veronica

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“The book fell from my hands as the presence of a man startled me. There he was, the rugged stranger with chiseled cheekbones, and a look in his eye that screamed take me to bed!

If you are looking for a fast, cute romance read, then you need to read The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin. 

Meet Sarah Smith, owner of a sweet little bookstore in Ashford, Connecticut. Sarah is addicted to romance novels: the gorgeous men, their swoon-worthy moments, the drama, and all the warm fuzzy feelings they give you. Really, what’s not to love? When Sarah realizes that all her close friends are in relationships, and she’s not, she begins to yearn for her very own love story. Just when she thinks there is no hope of her finding love in her tiny town, the handsome Ridge Warner, a New York reporter, walks right into her store (looking just like a guy off a cover from her romance novels). Sparks fly between these two right from the beginning. Sarah is hesitant to believe that Ridge has any romantic interest in her. She thinks he is only paying attention to her for a story he is trying to write. Sarah will have to learn to trust Ridge with her heart, or she may miss out on that once-in-a-lifetime love story. 

This was such a fun, adorable, fast read, and I fell in love with the little town of Ashford and the people that live in it. I also realize that I will never get sick of reading romance books that center around a bookshop. I think it is because I often feel this instant connection with the main character (who is usually the bookshop owner). I knew from the first chapter that Sarah was a book kindred spirit and that I could spend hours talking books with her. This connection made me fall in love with this book even more.

There is plenty of romance in this book, especially between Sarah and Ridge. Be prepared for some deliciously cheesy moments between these two that will leave you feeling oh so happy. Ridge is the perfect book boyfriend, and it was super cute watching him try to win Sarah’s heart over. I found myself quickly turning the pages to see what he would do next. This book doesn’t try to break that standard romance novel mold, but I found I was ok with that. You read this book when you want just to enjoy some fluffy moments and a cheesy happy ending. 

The Bookshop on the Corner is a fabulous romance novel that is a nice, easy read for anyone looking to escape the world for an afternoon. 

Read our review of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop here.

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Read our review of The Little Bookshop on the Seine here.

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