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Review - The Borrow A Bookshop Holiday by Kiley Dunbar


The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.

Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.

Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.

Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.

But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…

As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.

Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…



If only it was possible to rent a bookshop for a couple of weeks, I'd be there in a shot. Not so sure about the cafe bit, though... Anyway, I digress - the premise for the story was fab and the idea drew me in immediately.

I did feel sorry for Jude; I realise her parents had a bakery to run, but for them to leave the caring of an elderly relative to a mere girl was grossly unfair of them, and I was so relieved that she managed to escape and build a life for herself. They sounded a right heartless and selfish pair.

That besides, the romance was a reluctant one, brought about by circumstances, and I really did feel cross for Jude when Elliott appeared to be doing all the taking and not much giving. All is revealed though...

A sweet read with a lovely community vibe.

About the Author

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.

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