A young woman takes over her father’s bookshop and discovers its importance to its small-town clientele.
Emilia Nightingale is called back to her childhood home in the English Cotswolds when her father, Julius, is on his deathbed. Emilia makes a final promise to her father that she will look after the bookshop that has been his life’s work and, following his death, sets about trying to fill his role at Nightingale Books. Through an outpouring of affection from the town’s residents, Emilia realizes that Julius was a beloved fixture of the community, and she has big shoes to fill. She also sees how integral the bookshop has been in facilitating relationships throughout the town. As she refamiliarizes herself with the village of Peasebrook and its people, six different love stories begin to unfold, all of which are somehow connected to the bookstore. Unfortunately, Emilia quickly learns that her father was more of a bookworm than a businessman. The store has amassed tremendous debt over the years, and Julius’ habit of selling books at deep discounts has not helped. Complicating matters further, a local real estate developer is pressuring Emilia to sell him the shop. A quick sale would solve Emilia’s financial woes, but she cannot bear the thought of closing the shop. In her U.S. debut, Henry (High Tide, 2015, etc.) creates one obstacle after another for Nightingale Books and its patrons. At the same time, she explores deeper questions of personal choice and the different forms in which love manifests. This charming story moves forward at a steady pace as several different couples struggle to make connections and work past strife.
A light romantic comedy well-suited for bibliophiles and Anglophiles alike.