The Christmas Bookshop: A Novel - book cover
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Published : 16 Nov 2021
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN-10 : 0063141671
  • ISBN-13 : 9780063141674
  • Language : English

The Christmas Bookshop: A Novel

The instant New York Times bestseller!

"Sublime…Colgan infuses her latest book with humor, wit, suspense and a perfectly cast love triangle."--USA Today

Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel

Laid off from her department store job, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. The prospect of spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia's perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered yuppie life does not appeal.

Frankly, Sofia doesn't exactly want her prickly sister Carmen there either. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs help revitalizing his shabby old bookshop. So Carmen moves in and takes the job.

Thrown rather suddenly into the inner workings of Mr. McCredie's ancient bookshop on the picturesque streets of historic Edinburgh, Carmen is intrigued despite herself. The store is dusty and disorganized but undeniably charming. Can she breathe some new life into it in time for Christmas shopping? What will happen when a famous and charismatic author takes a sudden interest in the bookshop-and Carmen? And will the Christmas spirit be enough to help heal her fractured family?

Editorial Reviews

"Colgan's new Edinburgh-set Christmas novel is full of references to books, descriptions of the twisty insides of a bookshop, and fun details about Scotland, Quakerism, and the centuries-old Great Yew Tree of Ormiston. Get ready to root for these charming characters as they bungle their way toward a merry Christmas.""   -- Library Journal (starred review)

"An evocative sweet treat."  -- Jojo Moyes on Little Beach Street Bakery

"Funny, magical and moving."  -- Time Out on Little Beach Street Bakery

"The perfect escape."  -- Woman (UK) on Christmas at the Cupcake Café

"This tale is even sweeter than the first. Festive and charming, it's another triumph for Jenny Colgan."  -- Cosmopolitan (UK) on Christmas at the Cupcake Café

"A bright, lighthearted romantic comedy ready for filming."  -- Kirkus Reviews on 500 Miles from You

"Sublime…Colgan infuses her latest book with humor, wit, suspense and a perfectly cast love triangle." -- USA Today

Readers Top Reviews

Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan is everything you want in a Christmas book and more! It’s a charming and heartwarming story of love, family, relationships, and redemption. I knew a holiday story set in a historic bookshop would be good, and I was not disappointed. Carmen is forced to move in with her perfect sister Sofia, and her perfect family after she lost her job in a department store’s haberdashery department. With no job prospects in her dying town, she grudgingly moves to Edinburg to live with her sister and her perfect family. Sofia, an attorney, finds Carmen a job in her clients, a dilapidated and unprofitable bookstore owned and managed by Mr. McCredie in the old historical shopping district in downtown Edinburgh. Carmen quickly realizes that Mr. McCredie is not a good businessman, and enjoys reading much more than running his bookshop. She uses her retail experience to instill some much-needed warmth, and Christmas spirit into the bookshop as she grows to love the store and old Mr. McCredie. She meets an exciting, famous, and rich self-help author who befriends her, even if he is a bit self-involved. And she finds the quiet, but lovely, university lecturer, Oke, a friendly face with a genuine personality, a warm and pleasant friend. A Christmas Bookshop has a lot of heart and is the perfect holiday book. These characters are so well developed with flaws and traits that make them real to the reader. The author’s descriptions of Edinburgh and the historic district in winter are so realistic I felt like I was walking to the old historic bookshop along with Carmen. The story flowed so well that I never felt it drag or move too fast. I enjoyed the relationship Carmen developed with Mr. McCredie, Sofie, and especially Sofie’s three (soon to be four) children. And I loved the way Carmen and Sofie worked through their old grievances and learned to love each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend The Christmas Bookshop to anyone who loves a deep and emotional holiday story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Jenifer TourtillottJ
I read a lot of heavy books throughout the year, so when the winter holidays come along I'm ready for something lighter. This book was lovely and fit the bill perfectly. I had never read any Jenny Colgan, but I'm going to see what else she has written-- the season is just getting started!
Louise S
This book sticks to the beloved formula. It’s just such an enjoyable way to spend a day. A little cliché, a lot of kindness and always fun. Not necessarily my favorite of all her series but pure escapism nonetheless.
As always, Jenny spins a wonderful tale. It is funny, touching and set in what sounds like one of the most beautiful cities that n the world.

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