The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts – Annie Darling

Posy Morland, lives above the bookshop where she works with her little brother after tragedy strikes. The only real family she has is her colleagues. All very different and all with a love of books, no more than Posy who finds her life and comfort between the pages of romances novels.

When Lavinia, the owner of Bookends dies and leaves the shop to Posy. Suddenly Posy needs to stop reading about a fictional life and start dealing with the real world, because everything she holds dear is about to be rocked at its foundations.

However trying to revive a bookshop which hardly sees any customers and has as much dust as books, is going to be a challenge in the 6 month window especially when she has to deal with Sebastian.

Lavinia was Sebastian’s grandmother and she clearly doted on him and spoilt him in abundance. He has grown up to be a ‘man about town’. Andy anyone who is anyone has been seen photographed with Sebastian in London. Posy though remembers the days when they use to play as small children and she was always that little bit in love with him. Now though he has turned into the rudest man in town.

And he has other ideas about what should be done with this little bookshop.

It will no doubt been a battle of wills and one of them is going to have to back down. But who will it be?

To get her revenge and to deal with her thoughts, Posy begins to write a story in the style of a regency romance. As readers we get to see Posy’s thoughts expressed in her writing peppered throughout this book.

As the struggle to bring the bookshop to life from the dream of Posy’s mind faces some ups and downs and some interesting encounters not just with Sebastian but the other members of the quirky staff in the shop it seems that at least the shop will have a happy ever after.

I loved this book, it was already onto a good thing being set in a bookshop and being about books. The characters were strong, it made a nice change to have a different dynamic in the family background. Older sister, younger brother; loss of parents. Grandson and grandmother and also the delightful way of bringing regency romance novels to a wider audience. I agree go and pick up some Georgette Heyer and see how some things have not changed in all the years of women’s fiction.

I am thrilled that this is the first in a series of books, but disappointed that I am going to have to wait so long for the next one.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts is out now.

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