I don’t get to read many books that I would describe as “cute and sweet.” This book epitomizes both of those words in spades. I could really see the author’s personality shine through in this book, so while it’s not in my preferred genre, it was a very sweet book, and I enjoyed it very much.
I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
I was hooked from about chapter 3 on, and since the book is pretty short, the author doesn’t have much time to get the reader hooked. Liz (yes, I called her Liz, I hope that’s ok :)) did this amazingly by creating a character that the reader can connect with and relate with. Prue’s mom and grandmother have died, leaving her the sole heir to the Clemonte properties and fortune. Her family owns almost an entire village, but yet the people who live there hate Prue’s entire family. Prue can’t understand why, so she dedicates her time in the village to winning them over.
During Prue’s attempts to win over the village, she runs across information that her mother owned a bookshop in town, called The Vintage Bookshop of Memories. Prue decides to reopen the shop, and meets Elliot while she’s fixing up the shop. Elliott turns out to be the son of the one person in town who hates Prue the most.
Can Prue win over the village and keep her newly developed relationship? Or will the secrets she’s discovered ruin every chance she has for happiness?
We all have family members that are difficult to deal with, regardless of income or life status. Prue’s grandmother seems to be one of those people. Prue loves her, despite all her faults, and tries to keep her legacy alive while being true to herself.
This book reminds me of The Bookshop on the Corner. It has some of the same emotional feel. Both books have main characters who have left their happy existence for a less determined life.
I love books that can create an emotional connection with me. This book does that, and does it quickly. I was impressed with this. Prue is a strong person. As much as she doesn’t think so, she’s stronger than she thought, and brings that strength into everything she does.
I did feel like the author used a lot of words that she didn’t really need. I felt the sentences could have been a little shorter, and some of the words the author used could have been taken out, to make each sentence and paragraph a little stronger. This didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book, but might for others.
The story was cute and sweet (just like the author) and a little predictable in places. The predictability didn’t affect the story at all for me, and in ways made it more fun.
One of my favorite things about Prue was her sense of style. She loved 40’s fashion, and stuck with it even after people told her it was a shame to live in the past. I always appreciate people who can find out who they are, and stick with it even when other people don’t agree. It takes a strong person to do that.
I enjoyed this book very much, even though it’s not in the genre I normally read. I had a couple proofreading issues I would have loved to correct, but I was able to correct them in my head and move on. They didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book. If you love cute, sweet and romantic stories, you will love this book! It was an easy read, and didn’t take long to finish once I was able to actually sit down and read it through. I hope you take the time to read this book, because I think you would enjoy it.
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