A Borrow A Bookshop Holiday
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The Borrow-A-Bookshop Holiday

Those who know me, know it’s been my dream to own or run a bookshop – or basically inhabit spaces surrounded by books! The Borrow-A-Bookshop Holiday is one that I’d sign up for in a minute!

The Borrow-A-Bookshop Holiday

The Fully Booked 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.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Fully Booked Bookshop, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

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.

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 Borrow a bookshop holiday

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My Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

When Jude decides to go off on her dream holiday minus the man who she was to go with, because he cheated on her, she takes a big step for someone who’s never ventured out of her comfort zone. She comforts herself that she’s going to be surrounded by books and will be able to get lost in them. What she doesn’t bargain for is another person also landing there for a holiday – the handsome, yet somewhat brooding, Eliot. Uncomfortable at first, Jude realizes that he too is a genuine book lover. Will she be able to find out the mystery that seems to surround him? Will their attraction lead to something more?

When a story revolves around books and a main character constantly comparing people and situations to characters in books, it’s impossible not to enjoy it. The book is set in a lovely locale and has very interesting characters besides Jude.

A quick, easy and very enjoyable read.

This is first book I’ve read by this author, but will be looking out for more.

Meet The Author

Kiley Dunbar

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.

Kiley also works as a senior lecturer, teaching creative writing at the Manchester Writing School. One Winter’s Night is shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.

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I received an ARC of the book from the publisher Hera Books via RaRaResources and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at CorinneRodrigues.com and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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