👩 Hallie Winstone is a clumsy and very unlucky 35 years old woman, who struggles to keep a job. At least till she receives an email from her favourite bookshop ‘Once Upon A Page’, in the Cotswolds. She participated in a lottery a while ago and won the shop! Hallie can’t believe her luck!
♥️ I liked:
❤️ The love for books. “Books can change lives and make people feel not alone when they most desperately need it.” This is just one of the many quotes that makes you understand how much the author loves books. I adore novels set in bookshops, but sometimes I am disappointed because they are not bookish enough. Well, this is not this case.
🔖 Second-hand books. In the shop, Hallie founds a treasure: a lot of second-hand books with dedications and inscriptions written inside their covers. She “loves making up stories about the giver and receiver of those books” and I am exactly like her. That’s why second-hand books are so special to me.
👩 Hallie. I love her, she is an introvert and clumsy bookworm who thinks that, at night, books “toddle off and go to visit their friends on other shelves, sharing their stories with each other”. She is just one of the loveliest characters I have ever read about.
👨 Robert. Former owner of the bookshop, he has tried to make his best for the shop, but it hasn’t been easy. He decides to retire and sets up a lottery to pick the next owner because he has nobody to leave the shop to. He is selfless and caring, has watched Hallie coming into his bookshop since she was a little girl and knows what’s best for her.
🤔 I wasn’t so sure about:
It’s too perfect! Don’t get me wrong, that’s what I was expecting from this book, an amazing “Happily ever after”, nothing else. But the lottery, Hallie winning, Dimitri – the perfect man – appearing on her first day at the bookshop… maybe a bit too perfect?
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 An uplifting story, perfect for any book lover out there!