Title: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
Author: Ellen Berry
Genre: chick-lit, literary fiction
Part of a series: I think so. In the next few years we will see a bakery and a bistro on the same road.
Publish Date: 7-14-2016
I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for the price of an honest review. There was a lot to love in this book filled with outlandish characters and beautiful writing. The characters were interesting, you found yourself pulling for the heroine even when you didn’t want to.
Della just spent the last few months caring for her terminally ill mother Kitty. In that time, the two grew closer and Della finally felt appreciated by her mother. When Kitty passes away her brother, Jeff, comes down from his busy life with wife and children in tow. It’s fairly obvious that he is there to put on a show of doing the right thing… but actually doing anything to help? No. Then there is Roxanne who works at a fashion magazine. Her life is fast paced and a bit frantic- she’s always talking about deadlines. Most of the cleaning, sorting and funeral arrangements fall to Della who is considered the best at organizing these things. While she throws herself into this, she also has to come to terms with the fact that her daughter Sophie is going away to college and her relationship with her husband Mark has fizzled a bit.
While everyone is talking about the mementos they’d like to keep out of Kitty’s things all Della can think about is all the time she spent in the kitchen with her mother. Those were her best memories and she decides to take the cook books. Everyone is aghast because…. Well… there are 962 of them. Where will they all go? Mark is especially upset about this. When she comes up with the idea to open a cookbook shop Mark doesn’t approve. He doesn’t believe it’s viable. But Della knows this is right, so she signs a lease on a shop. It’s scary, quitting her job and starting all this, but it also makes her feel good to do something for herself.
Shortly after Sophie leaves for school Mark drops the bomb. He wants a divorce. He says they just aren’t good together anymore. With some light (slightly crazy) snooping, Della finds out about The Other Woman and all Mark’s lies. Shattered, she tries to shore herself up and keep busy on the shop, and finding out a bit about Kitty’s past. With help from her friends, The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane is a success and Della finds strength she never knew she had.
I loved the cast of characters here. Della started out as a bit of a doormat and I wanted to dislike her, but as I watched her grow I was in awe. She really is a great character! I loved watching each character interact with one another and I especially liked the idea behind the bookstore. That number of cookbooks is unreal! Seriously, what else are you going to do with them? I am trying to come up with criticism… but I really don’t have any. It wasn’t a very fast paced book, but it had a fluidity that I enjoyed and it was never dull. The side characters were interesting and played important roles. Character development was great… it was just a great book all round!
This book comes out 7-14-16. Check it out!
On the adult content scale, there’s not much to speak of really. I give it a three.
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