I picked this book up after I was invited to join the Blog Tour for the launch and was really surprised that this was the first Rachel Burton book that I have picked up. You’ll recognise the cover style instantly from her other hits – The Tearoom on the Bay and The Summer Island Festival.
After the death of her husband Megan Taylor has moved back to York to help her mother run the family bookshop. Leaving behind in London the memories of their lives together and a glittering publishing career. Unfortunately there is no happily ever after here as the bookshop is running at a loss and despite her best efforts it looks like this Christmas will be the final one for the store. Determined to do her best to go out with a bang Megan has organised a number of events over the weeks running up to Christmas including a book launch and signing for the new Xander Stone release.
When Megan is rammed by a trolley in the supermarket she trades insults with the angry man pushing it and is then surprised to find him on the doorstep of the bookshop demanding to check over the details for his book signing. Mr Angry is none other than celebrated author Xander Stone himself. He is opinionated and a little brash and is soon trashing Megan’s taste in books – her beloved romances, especially Austen. Despite his demeanour Megan finds Xander intriguing and it isn’t long before she realises that all of the emotions she had buried on becoming a widow have come rushing to the surface.
Xander is a complicated character and just as Megan relaxes and realises that she is falling in love with him the worst happens and she is pushed away. Can she get past her own personal trauma to help Xander overcome his? A Bookshop Christmas is a fun seasonal read and will have you hankering after a good old fashioned bookshop. If you are lucky enough to have one where you live make sure that you support it while it is still around.
Supplied by Net Galley and Aria & Aries in exchange for an honest review.
UK publication date: Sept 2 2021. 226 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.