Books will always be your friend, Libby,” he’d said. “They will transport you to a thousand different worlds. Different times. Mythical creatures, magical monsters, good and evil, scary and funny. There’s no situation so bad that a book can’t help you feel better, even if just for a little while.Grandad Ernie
These are the words which stole my heart. This is a story about all things books combined with a wholesome dose of family and relationship complications.
The novel opens with Libby about to collect the keys to a decrepit building, which she intends to turn into her dream bookshop with writer’s nooks and a cafe.
We get an in-depth look into just what it takes to bring such a dream to fruition and I don’t just mean all the electrical, carpentering, plumbing, and other work that’s required. Libby also leaves behind some relationships in the process and builds new ones. Her friendship with her best friend takes on a new perspective. She also realizes the value of familial ties and community support.
I found Libby’s dedication to her shared dream with her grandfather impressive, so much so that she’s willing to leave her boyfriend and her best friend behind. Grandad Ernie delivers some astute wisdom in the form of pithy quotes that come as flashbacks to Libby whenever she’s in a situation of some sort and needs help.
I am inclined towards all things bookish, so many of the quotes in the story and the entire process of getting the bookshop ready was most enjoyable.
Harry’s predilection towards offloading out-of-date foodstuffs on Libby made for some chuckle-inducing moments.
My only grouse is that I felt the romance angle was underdeveloped and had an abrupt end. I would have liked some more substance around the newly emerging relationship.
Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the blog tour!
Genre: Romantic comedy
Pages: 83,000 words
Publication date: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Boldwood Books
A gorgeous new romantic comedy about taking chances and realising your dreams.
Libby Quinn is sick and tired of being sensible.
After years of slogging her guts out for nothing at a PR company, she finds herself redundant and about to plough every last penny of her savings into refurbishing a ramshackle shop and making her dream of owning her own bookshop become a reality.
She hopes opening ‘Once Upon A Book’ on Ivy Lane will be the perfect tribute to her beloved grandfather who instilled a love of reading and books in her from an early age.
When her love life and friendships become even more complicated – will Libby have the courage to follow her dreams? Or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/32fcf1C
About the author
Freya Kennedy lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, with her husband, two children, two cats and a mad dog called Izzy. She worked as a journalist for eighteen years before deciding to write full time. When not writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, cleaning up after her children (a lot) and telling her dog that she loves her.
She has met Michael Buble and even kissed him. It was one of her best ever moments.
She believes in happy ever afters.
Freya Kennedy is a pen name for Claire Allan, who also writes psychological thrillers.
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