Take a crumbling London bookshop; add in an eclectic staff including painfully shy Verity, tattooed and blue-haired Nina, and newly-appointed romance book-loving owner Posy; then throw the self-styled “rudest man in London” into the mix and you get this charming rom-com of a book.
There are definite nods to Pride and Prejudice, one scene that seems to have been borrowed straight from Bridget Jones’ Diary, and a smattering of intentionally terrible Regency bodice ripping scenes conjured from Posy’s imagination.
Posy inherits Bookends bookshop from eccentric owner Lavinia and decides to rebrand as romantic fiction specialist shop Happy Ever After, having to fend off the unwanted interference from high-handed Sebastian, who owns the rest of the mews. The results are predictable but no less enjoyable for it.
A delightfully fun and easy read.
- ISBN 9780008173111
- Published by Harper
- RRP £7.99
- On sale 25th August 2016