The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday | By Kiley Dunbar
NetGalley E-Arc | Book Review
Narrative and Plot
The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday is any book lovers dream setting. Run a bookshop café for a fortnight. And mind you, it is not completely fictional. The author gives you the name of the real place in the end credits. Anyway, as a book lover you can effortlessly fall behind this idea. The main character Jude has this calm and longing tone which makes you want this adventure for her. It is an adorable beach read to put things simply.
The plot is your usual bookshop love story with a small town tourist charm and a setting with colorful character. It serves quite as a charming escape read.
Characters and Conflicts
In a way, it is a coming of age story. Jude had put her life on hold as a care taker. The whole book focuses on how she becomes her own person which is always a warm idea. You see Jude as this woman who likes her bubble and comfort zone. But she learns how to get out of it and adapt.
Elliot on the other hand is a mysterious man with things to hide. Even if we get a good read on him via Jude, she is never able to figure him out. The romance felt a bit sudden given we don’t get Elliot’s perspective. But it develops sweetly and the idea sort of grows on you.
Aldous is one weird dog and it is good to see a change from all the lovely puppies that we read about. Not that Aldous isn’t adorable. He has a mind of his own and that is refreshing. The ensemble cast makes the story lively and ensures you have a fun time.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It offers what it says and will make up nicely for a one time read. A quiet and charming holiday at a bookshop. I loved the concept and found my escape in this when everything around me was chaos. So, if you’re looking for a sweet escape , go no further and dive into this holiday with Jude.
I received an e-Arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.