Author: Jenny Colgan
Publisher: Little Brown
Published: 11th February 2016
The Blurb: Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…
The Review: Nina loves books, if it was possible she more than loves them. Never seen without a book in her hand, or several in her vicinity. Librarian Nina is one of a dying breed.
Surinder shares a house with Nina, a house that is physically groaning and straining at the sides with the sheer weight of Nina’s book collection.
Like many of us in the working world at the moment Nina’s job is under threat at her library in Birmingham. But instead of applying for the one job she could get to remain in the city she has a dream. To open up a travelling book shop.
This is when Nina’s adventure truly begins. After spotting a van for sale in the Scottish Highlands, her first obstacle is in the form of its obstinate male owner. Who, even though he is desperate for a sale, is against selling to a small girl who can’t handle the van. Nina feels that her dream is further away than ever.
However the locals that she has already met in the small Highlands community have already taken her plan to heart and soon the van is hers. Nina’s doesn’t have time to look back, as no sooner does she take the van and start the long journey home the book shop to be almost comes a cropper as it stalls on a level crossing with a train speeding towards it.
As ever Jenny Colgan has worked her magic. A tale of a proudly modern woman, with her own mind; interlaced with a romance that make your heart long for more. A true summery read with wistful descriptions of midsummer gatherings and the rush of a burgeoning love. When Nina moves away from the city she finds herself, and instead of being drawn into her books, the books are drawing others into her life in a way they never had before.
This is a book for those who love to read, and read about life and love.