Verity Love works at The Lonely Hearts Bookshop which was introduced to us in Annie Darling’s first novel in this series. It has taken me awhile to get to the second one and the third is already knocking at my door waiting to be read!
Verity works very much behind the scenes in the bookshop as the manager, reluctantly being in ‘the front’ when she has to. She keeps herself to herself and sticks to what she knows best – Jane Austen and finding space, peace and calm.
Everyone Verity knows has other ideas about what Verity should be doing so to take some of the pressure off she invents a fictional boyfriend Peter, that keeps her from attending any events as fictional boyfriend is often away or they are out together. Verity can reread her Austen novels in peace and remain resolutely single.
Trouble is fate is against her and when by chance she encounters Johnny which results in some confusion it seems that Johnny is also after a fictional girlfriend to take the pressure off him.
Verity and Johnny seem to be able to be each others excuses and plus ones. What a fun summer it is going to be.
Trouble is though, everyone else they meet start making their own conclusions up. The only people who know the truth are Verity’s sisters who were adorably funny.
Whilst this is a light-hearted read I was surprised at the reason behind Johnny’s need for a fabricated girlfriend in his life. This brought a different edge, not what I was expecting and introduced us to some rather unpleasant conceited characters.
Of course like any good Austen novel, there is a few misunderstandings along the way but set against a wonderful bookshop and the joy of Verity’s family this is a really good read.
Can be read happily read as a stand alone novel, the characters and focus of them change from book to book but it is lovely to know that Posy (from the first novel) venture into running a romantic fiction bookshop is still working.
A perfect book for romance fans.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this novel.
True Love at The Lonely Hearts Bookshop is out now.