Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
Published: October 10, 2023 by Avon
Genre: Christmas, Romance
Taken from Goodreads: Christmas comes early—far too early—to McCredie’s little Old Town bookshop in Edinburgh. It’s summer, but an American production company has decided that McCredie’s is the perfect location to film a very cheesy Christmas movie. After all, who can resist the charmingly narrow historic street with its Victorian grey stone buildings and warmly lit shop windows?
Carmen Hogan, the bookshop’s manager, is amused and a bit horrified by the goings-on, but the money the studio is paying is too good to pass up. She uses the little windfall from filming to create new displays and fend off a buyout offer from an obnoxious millionaire who wants to turn McCredie’s into a souvenir shop selling kilts made in China and plastic Nessies. Still reeling slightly from a breakup, Carmen’s not particularly looking forward to the holidays. But just as snow begins to fall and the lights of Christmas blink on, all sorts of lovely new possibilities present themselves…for McCredie’s bookstore, and for Carmen herself.
My Thoughts: Christmas books are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. I love losing myself in a world of snow, presents, family, and traditions. Jenny Colgan wrote a book that gave me all that and took me into a bookstore with unique titles, a grumpy owner, and a secret upstairs.
I really enjoyed reading Carmen’s story. She has an interesting life. Living with her sister’s family, working at the bookstore, and possibly falling in love. Of course, the road to life is not easy but Carmen takes each bump as it comes and does her best to figure out how to come out for the better on the other side.
If you are a Christmas book reader, pick up this book! Enjoy the cute setting, the fun characters, and the storyline that will bring Edinburgh to life.
Thank you Avon for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet the Author: Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Christmas Bookshop, The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Christmas at the Cupcake Café. Jenny, her husband, and three children live in a genuine castle in Scotland.
PRAISE FOR JENNY COLGAN
“Sublime…Colgan infuses her latest book with humor, wit, suspense and a perfectly cast love triangle.” — USA Today on The Christmas Bookshop
“The Christmas Bookshop is literary hot chocolate with a bourbon shot: hot, sweet but with a surprising emotional kick. Colgan has woven together the ingredients for a fiendishly addictive festive romantic comedy.” — The Times (UK)
“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) on The Christmas Bookshop
“Colgan’s writing is gentle and tender… At the heart of The Christmas Bookshop are the important connections we make with others and the reality that we don’t have just the family we were born into; we also have the family that we create through those we come to love. And in every charming story that Colgan writes, we end up feeling that those characters who grace her pages have become so familiar and dear to us that they are family.” — Bookreporter.com
“The Christmas Bookshop was a feel-good holiday novel about a group of people—some related, some not—who learned what family truly means, what they themselves were capable of, and how Christmas can be a magical time of the year…[By] the final page, readers will be happy with how everyone pulls together in a time of need and the amount of joy and love that shines through Colgan’s storytelling.” — Harlequin Junkie