- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 763 KB
- Print Length: 166 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1729284795
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Celtic Connections (13 Nov. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076583YC6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Does his dream of a successful bookshop and seeing his books in print come true; does he manage to repair his relationship with his daughter and does he have a 'happy ever after' ending with the love of his life - either Catherine or his ex-wife?? You'll have to read this lovely novella to find out - quite an unexpected but satisfactory ending I must say. A snowy North Wales coast is the perfect location for this Christmassy book. Enjoy.
I also love that the story is set in locations I am more than familiar with, and the author describes them so well, adding to the feeling that the characters are real people, living real lives.
It’s very difficult to review a shorter story without giving away too much of the plot which I don’t want to do but I have to admit that when I first started reading I wasn’t too enamoured with Jonathan Jones. An accountant desperate to be a full time writer, it seemed that he had put his own ambitions above that of everyone else, including his family. He had signed a contract with Tangerine Press, which may have been a mistake as a friend who had self published her book, seemed to be having far more success. However as the story went on and his personal and publishing woes got worse, I actually felt quite sorry for him. I did wonder whether the author had based some parts of the story on her own experiences, or at the very least had added some artistic licence as Tangerine Press appeared to be one to avoid at all costs!
Lovers of bookshops and dogs are well catered for in this story. Jonathan’s life was full of drama, much of it of his doing to be fair but this is a story of families and relationships, realising what is important and finding your way again. The storyline around the elderly bookshop owner Gwilym I found particularly moving and Frodo the dog was much loved addition to the story; there was a certain character who I really took a dislike to when they suggested that Frodo find a new home!
This is a perfect read to get you in the mood for Christmas. Set mainly in North Wales, there is an excellent sense of place with the snowy descriptions adding greatly to the atmosphere. Any book about a bookshop is a hit with me – I can definitely recommend this one although I wonder if Fireside Book Reviews would too!! (You have to read the book to get this reference!)
Finally, I have to give congratulations to the designer of the book cover. Its a real stunner and perfectly sums up the beauty of the book.