Library Book Review – A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton

Library Book

Genre: Christmas/Romance

Number of Pages: 416


A snowstorm. A stranger. A spark. And it’s Christmas!

It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.

But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop โ€“ the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.

When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior โ€“ admittedly sexy โ€“ stranger in his place.

Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…


Around this time of year I start looking at Christmas themed library books and came across this one on the Libby App. I will admit that the cover, together with the title was a huge draw for me! There was a bit of a wait on it, but then the library bought more copies and I was able to read it sooner than I thought! It was a lovely Christmas book that whilst it was quite emotional was also uplifting. 

The writing was light and fairly detailed, which pulled you in. It started off in the past full of emotion, which really made you feel for the main character right from the get go. We then skip forward a few years and we see how she is dealing with things. The thing that I enjoyed most about this book was the support network that the main character had. It was lovely to read about. The end of the book was wrapped up well with an epilogue so that we could see where the characters were now, and ended on a profound and uplifting message. 

The chapters were fairly long so you got a good chunk of the story before moving on. I liked that at the end there were lists of the characters favourite books and a playlist that went with the main characters. 

The characters were great. As I mentioned above I loved the support that they gave to the main character. I do have to say though that for the first time ever I didn’t warm to the love interest. He was just a bit too cold for me and his temper wasn’t something that I could get over. I thought that the main character deserved better! 

Lastly the settings. I love bookshop settings and this was no exception. It was a nice backdrop to the story and provided comfort to the main character when she needed it the most. 

Overall a great story.ย ย 

โญRated 4.5/5โญ

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