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The Bookshop On The Corner (The Gingerbread Café) (The Bookshop series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly, believe in true, once in a lifetime love.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I loved the way Rebecca Raisin mentioned other characters from 'Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe' and 'Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe' so I could keep up to date with their lives.
After reading all the novellas in this series I find myself wanting to visit Ashford to see the quaint stores and meet everyone.
The beauty of small towns is how they bond together to ensure all businesses thrive...why do they do this...it's simple really, they're all smart business people who realise they all need each other to survive.
Geralds explanation of his wifes (Gloria) book collection sang to my heart. When Gerald told Sarah Gloria had passed away and he kept reading the last book she read out loud as if she was there with him brought tears to my eyes.
I have to mention here of Mary-Rose and her little shop fitted with home made candles and bath bombs, if it was possible for what you are reading to omit a sence of smell this novella did exactly that.
I loved Ridge's banter with Sarah. Could Ridge be hr dream guy...not if she kept writing a book in her head in the negative he won't be.
When CeeCee told Sarah people had long distance relationships via Spacebook I actually laughed out loud. At one stage I felt as if I was sitting with CeeCee, Missy, Lil and Sarah eating Chocolate Truffels, drinking gingierbread coffee and chatting. I found myself going from laughing to crying to wonder to smiling.
Does Sarah and Ridges relationship last after what she thought Ridge had done. You will have to read 'The Bookshop on the Corner' to find out.
"Do not lick the man crease" - I had fun trying to work out what this one meant, as it was evidently terminology that I hadn't come across before. Admittedly, I do wonder if Sarah did ever get to use her tongue on that particular part of a man's anatomy...but due to the sweet nature of this story, there are no graphic, erotic details, which was quite refreshing.
Five stars for being a lovely, light afternoon read. With macaroons.
I thought the banter between Ridge and Sarah was hilarious, especially the man crease fiasco!
It's a really cosy romantic heartwarming book and I hope there's a follow up.
And I absolutely loved the way she handled a romance reading heroine without there being a tinge of defensiveness that I sometimes see in books about similar heroines. In short, she nailed it.
This was a fabulous continuation of the series. If you pick this one up first, you'll be just fine but I warn you, once you read one, you'll want to read the rest.
I absolutely ADORED this novella and am greatly looking forward to going back and reading the first two Gingerbread Cafe stories! It is not necessary to read the prior books as this one focuses primarily on a different couple's story.
Thank you to Rebecca for such a sweet story and to CarinaUK for publishing!
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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Rebecca Raisin has the ability to transport a reader to another place and to immerse them in her plot and the lives of her characters. I’d go as far as stating that her writing has a magical quality and when I’ve read one of her books, I feel like I’m under a very pleasant spell. ;-)
This novella perfectly captures what it is to be an avid reader, to respect and love the written word and to savour the excitement of entering a bookshop and marvelling at the wealth of books that it houses. I empathised completely with the heroine Sarah Smith and know that if I had a bookshop of my own, I would find it hard to be anywhere else, even to the extent of going to work early just to sneak in a read while the town outside lies still and sleeping.
In The Book Shop on the Corner, the reader is taken to Ashford, Connecticut, the site of the other books in the Gingerbread Café series - Christmas at the Gingerbread Café and Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café. It’s a wonderful place to be.
Sarah Smith is sweet, quiet and lacking in self-confidence. She has a close circle of female friends but she is missing the man to prove to her that the typical Mills and Boon hero does, in fact, exist. She runs a bookshop that I now long to visit, so that I can sit in the reading room and snuggle up in front of the fire with a book and a mug of coffee and just let the world carry on outside.
When New York journalist Ridge Warner stepped into the plot, I just started to drool. Seriously! This man is HOT! There is a fabulously funny scene at a dinner party which I won’t spoil for you, other than to say that it involves Ridge’s man crease and Sarah’s imagination…and her tongue. I was right there with her!
If you’ve read the other Gingerbread Café novellas, you’ll love The Bookshop on the Corner because you also get the chance to catch up with well known and loved characters like Lil, Damon and CeeCee, but even if you haven’t, this can be read as a stand-alone, although I bet it’ll make you want to read the others!
A five star read that I found totally enchanting.
Our main character, Sarah Smith, is a massive lover of romance novels and lives her life through her books. She somebody that a lot of people will be able to relate to, I know I did straight away but I think that was because she is pretty much me, she is a bookworm, obsessed by romance novels and she blogs about books, see the similarities? She has her own little heaven in her book shop (which I am dying to visit) and is enjoying her daily fictional romances with her book boyfriends. That is until somebody enters her life which makes he question whether romance novels can actually come true!
Having not read any of the Gingerbread Cafe books, I wasn't familiar with the other characters or the town in which the book is set, but that didn't matter. Rebecca still introduced them brilliantly so that newcomers would get to know them and previous readers just get a refresher. Rebecca made CeeCee, Missy and Lil, Sarah's best friends, so fun and easy to like, you want them to be your best friends as soon as you meet them.
The way Rebecca describes Ashford, which is such a quirky and unusual place compared to the big cities, makes it become somewhere magical that you want to hop on a plane, find and never leave!
The thing I love most about this book is Rebecca's writing, she takes you on a journey that you never want to end with her beautiful writing and amazing settings.
After finishing this book I have no idea why I have waited so long to read one of Rebecca's books! This is the perfect summer read that anybody will relate to and enjoy. It is a heart-warming, romantic novel packed with love, fun and friendship. This will definitely not be the last of Rebecca's novels I read, the rest of the series is going straight on my TBR, as will any new releases! What are you waiting for, go and buy this book, now!
This book is all about Sarah Smith. I loved Sarah. She's a quiet, timid girl who loved her books. Sarah loves nothing more than snuggling up in the reading room of her shop with a good read. I think I would LOVE Sarah's shop. With the books stacked haphazardly all over the place a cozy fireplace oh and did I mention the books....
With Lily and Damon being so sickly sweet in love Sarah is feeling a bit down. She wants a man like the ones in her books. The men in her books never let her down. Then along comes Ridge. He looks exactly like a carbon copy of her book boyfriends. the big problem....he is some big city New York journalist. Sarah thinks big city boys can't be trusted. He wants to write a story on the shops in Ashford. He visited for the Chocolate Festival and he fell in love...
I really loved Missy and would absolutely love for Rebecca to write a book about her. She's an excellent friend to Sarah. She really helped her to see that she needs to put her self out there a little. Hiding away in the bookshop she might not have her heart broken but she also won't experience real love.
I loved the story about the old couple who donated the books for the reading room. It was so sweet I had to swallow the tears.
I really enjoyed this story and would love to keep hearing about Sarah and her books as well as the rest of the Ashford gang.
This story is based on Sarah Smith who owns her beloved bookshop and is happy reading about romance as she feels it will never come her way. She is so happy just to live her life through her books and her imagination.
Things change when a journalist/reporter Ridge Warner turns up at her shop. He does his upmost to convince Sarah of his feeling for her but she cannot fathom for the life of her why somebody like him would be interested in her.
This book contains it all, humour, lust, thoughts of betrayal and then the warm tingly feeling of the happy ever after. This book is a novella which can be consumed in a day or 2 if you are busy. If only there were more towns like Ashford, the world would be a happier place. Thank you Rebecca for hitting the right spot for my type of books.
The main character Sarah is just a darling, I want her to be my best friend. She works in a bookshop, loves her books, her friends and her village. The book is based in the village of Ashford, which is where Rebecca Raisin’s other books of ‘The GingerBread Cafe’ are based. I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they are on my tbr list. The books all speak of the same characters as far as I know, so I am positive that they will all be fab books too.
Anyway, back to this book, it is short story based around Sarah and her friends. Sarah is contented with her life and her bookshop, believing that she has her romance in her books, but then comes along Ridge. Wow, now he is my new book boyfriend!! ♥ ♥
The descriptive work of Rebecca Raisin really puts you in the life and heart of Ashford and Sarah. The way Sarah speaks of books, it was so captivating. This is a book that I think all booklovers will relate to.
“….my theory was that books chose us, and not the other way around.”
“Some stories consumed you, they made time stop, your worries float into the ether…”
Sarah even starts a book blog! Now you see why I want her to be my best friend, I’d even move to Ashford!!! ♥ Sarah’s blog gets a lot more followers faster than mine, she gets over 3000 followers within a month!!! Wow, she must be good. I would like to read her blog too. The way she speaks of her blog, you can tell the Author is a fan of bookblogs too.
“…a community of bookbloggers who were supportive and funny, and felt like real friends”
There are so many quotes I would like to tell you from this little tale, it is wonderful, captivating, takes you to another world of book loving heaven. Read it, love it and then come back and tell me you agree its fantastic and Rebecca Raisin is an Author who can transport us to a land of enchantment and bliss….with the addition of a new book boyfriend!! ♥
Sarah Smith is probably a character that many of us book bloggers can relate too. She’s slightly introverted and perhaps a little messy, preferring to spend every free minute lost in the pages of her latest book rather than tidy up. I instantly connected with her the way she sheltered herself from conflict and change by burrowing herself in books. Even though she feels she might be missing out of life a little by not having a boyfriend and rushing off to get married, she won’t settle for just anyone. Sarah’s looking for that perfect boyfriend who lives up to the dashing heroes in her romances novels. She wants him to be extremely hot but also kind and caring and someone who will not try and compete with her love of books. Sarah believes she’ll never find him but then one day her dream man walks straight into her bookshop and he seems to be quite keen on her too. Is he too good to be true, Sarah needs to take a risk to find out?
I read this as an introduction to The Little Bookshop on the Seine which is out October 16th as a way of getting to know Sarah more. I adored The Bookshop Shop on the Corner and devoured it in one afternoon. It’s the perfect little romance story with the adorable Sarah and smoking hot Ridge and it was lovely to read about her letting him into her life and taking a risk.
As with previous books by Rebecca, The Bookshop on the Corner is set in Ashford and I find it so comforting to read about somewhere which is becoming very familiar to me. I also loved that previous characters CeeCee, Lil and Missy are mentioned as it just adds to that cosy feeling Rebecca’s writing seems to bring out in me. I have to give this book 5/5 as everything is just perfect and seamlessly written. Thank you Rebecca for bringing us another lovely read.
Ridge is a reporter writing a piece about the town and notices Sarah the bookshop owner. He flirts with her and she turns into a useless heap because he is sooo handsome, embarrassingly getting getting caught staring at him. Whilst she did manage to make a few smart remarks back, she mostly turned into a schoolgirl with a crush. Sarah is determined not to like the reporter from the big smoke but her friends set out to change her mind. Will Sarah get her dream happy ending like in the heroines in all romantic books she reads?
Sarah was such a delightful leading character who I could completely relate to, it was almost as if Rebecca was writing about me as so many of her traits are similar to mine and my ultimate dream is to run a bookshop one day.
I love stories that are interlinked through characters or settings so couldn't wait to read this novella when I heard that it was set in the Connecticut town of Ashford which was the setting for Rebecca Raisin's Gingerbread Cafe series. But don't worry if you've not read the other books as this can be read as a standalone but you'll soon want to go back and read them as soon as you've finished reading this one.
Once again Rebecca has written a gorgeous tale that takes us back to the charming town of Ashford,
it was great meeting up with old friends Cee Cee and Lil again and meeting new ones in Sarah and Missy who I'm sure we'll meet again at some stage in the future. The Bookshop On The Corner is a real feel-good read that will have you chuckling out loud one moment especially when Cee Cee is involved and then wishful sighing the next... highly recommended.
To be honest, that was the main thing that attracted me to the story - anything with bookshop in the title has to be worth taking a look for a self-confessed bookworm such as myself! And I wasn't disappointed, either. The characters are all so very likeable - I'm definitely going to be looking up the other books by Rebecca Raisin set in this town - and the friendships between them come across as being genuine and heart-warming.
The romantic element of the story is also very enjoyable - it's what I'd call a 'real' romance, and one that made me sigh quite happily several times as it progressed to the story's end.
A lovely read!
The story follows Sarah, the owner of the Bookshop on the Corner, and Ridge, an extremely handsome New York journalist, who walks into her bookshop and some serious chemistry follows...but is he too good to be true? Throw in some of Sarah's friends who all work in the small town of Ashford, Connecticut, and you have a great mix of bouncy, larger than life characters.
I don't want to give too much away, but what I love about this story is it's not a 'slow-burning' romance...
I've not read any of the other Gingerbread Cafe books (yet!), but reading this story was a great way to get acquainted with the other characters in the series - I thoroughly enjoyed this and Rebecca Raisin certainly has a sparkly type of magic in her words.
I will try another of Rebecca's books, just because I loved Rosie's Travelling Teashop so much.. so if you're reading this - I'd suggest skipping this and purchasing her other book that I've mentioned :)
If ever your felt like one of the characters in a book, Sarah Smith is that character.
This book is highly recommended to anyone who loves the feel of books, the smell of books and the heroes that you find in them. Sometimes, if you believe hard enough, they even come true.
It is a book that you will want to read over and over again.