Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
I could really cut this really short and tell you not to bother reading my review, just get yourself a copy of this book and read that instead! However, although I really do suggest you do just that, I’ll tell you more about why just in case you want to know . . . .
This story starts with a child sat on her grandfather’s knee having stories read to her. I don’t usually include quotes in my review but this time I can’t resist . . . it is something Grandad said to Libby and it is so pertinent to our current situation:
“Books will always be your friend, Libby,” he’d said. “They will transport you to a thousand different worlds. Different times. Mythical creatures, magical mosters, good and evil, scary and funny. There’s no situation so bad that a book can’t help you feel better, even if just for a little while.”
This is a great story to escape into whatever is happening in your world at the moment. It is a glorious story of following your dreams, daring to try to create your own reality from them. In this case, Libby and her Grandad had dreams of owning a bookshop and Libby is taking steps to make it true. It is a story of family and community, new friendships, looking after each other, finding out who you are, what you are, what you want and who will support you. It is also about facing the truth, being honest with yourself and others and always striving to do your best. It is an inspirational yet fun read. The characters are superbly portrayed, the whole book totally engaging and I absolutely loved reading it. I’ve never been to Derry, but if there are areas like Ivy Lane it sounds a brilliant place to live. I really hope this is the start of a series to be set in that community – I’d love to read more about them all in future books! It is a lovely calm, relaxing but totally engaging read that I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending. I’ll definitely be looking out for more by this author in future!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and finding it a totally fascinating, fun read.
The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn
A gorgeous new romantic comedy about taking chances and realising your dreams.
Libby Quinn is sick and tired of being sensible.
After years of slogging her guts out for nothing at a PR company, she finds herself redundant and about to plough every last penny of her savings into refurbishing a ramshackle shop and making her dream of owning her own bookshop become a reality.
She hopes opening ‘Once Upon A Book’ on Ivy Lane will be the perfect tribute to her beloved grandfather who instilled a love of reading and books in her from an early age.
When her love life and friendships become even more complicated – will Libby have the courage to follow her dreams? Or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
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Author Bio –
Freya Kennedy lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, with her husband, two children, two cats and a mad dog called Izzy. She worked as a journalist for eighteen years before deciding to write full time. When not writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, cleaning up after her children (a lot) and telling her dog that she loves her.
She has met Michael Buble and even kissed him. It was one of her best ever moments.
She believes in happy ever afters.
Freya Kennedy is a pen name for Claire Allan, who also writes psychological thrillers.
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