Christmas at the Borrow a Bookshop
By Kiley Dunbar
What it’s about?
‘Tis th season for love… and the perfect book
With just two weeks until Christmas, everything in Clove Lore should be perfect. But the latest
holidaymaker to the Borrow a Bookshop is feeling far from festive…
Icelandic ex-bookseller Magnús Sturluson might be surrounded by love stories in the Bookshop, but he’s nursing a sadness that not even fiction can fix.
When Alexandra Robinson finds herself stranded in Clove Lore, she finds a safe place to hide from
heartbreak. After all, all that’s waiting for her at home is a cheater boyfriend and the memories of
her parents. As Alex finds herself embraced by the quirky village community, she finds her tough exterior thawing – and as she grows closer to Magnús, she finds an equally soft heart under his gruff shell.
It seems that Clove Lore is working its magic once again – until a great flood on Christmas Eve brings devastation in its wake. It’s up to Magnús and Alex to batten down the hatches and help bring the village back together again, while also introducing the locals to the Icelandic tradition of the jólabókaflóð – Yule book flood – where families and friends gather on Christmas Eve to exchange books and read together.
But can Magnús and Alex truly rescue the ruins of the village, and salvage their Christmas spirit? Or is there another complication lurking even closer than they thought?
What I think:
I loved the first book in the series and Clove Lore and its lively bookshop are the absolute perfect setting for a festive read.
Magnús has borrowed the bookshop for Christmas. As a bookseller it was a busman’s holiday joke Christmas present from his family. But now it’s his turn to pick uo the shop keys and with his own bookshop closed and his dreams shattered he is feeling pretty disillusioned.
Alex fell into her job, setting into her ferryman father’s oversized coat when he passed away. Escaping in her boat she is caught up in a storm that leaves her in Clove Lore stranded until the weather improves.
Magnús and Alex are instantly attracted to each other and actually like each other. They are both trying to work out where they should head next in life. Clove Lore, it’s quirky cast of villagers and the bookshop begin to work their magic and show Magnús and Alex love, community and understanding- everything they need to face the future.
But winter storms are literally heading to Clove Lore bringing with them flood and destruction for the village.
Despite the disaster that befalls the little town, the residents work together led by the marvellous Minty who has relationship troubles of her own. While her own estate is falling apart she feels responsible for holding the village together and is the heart of the small community.
While there is lots of love and humour in the book it also highlights how small coastal village communities are struggling as property is bought up for holiday let, families move away and businesses struggle to rely on seasonal trade. The residents have to stick together and the sense if community is their strength.
This is a lovely Christmas read. It has everything you need to escape during the holidays. I loved Magnús and Alex’s story and their happily ever after was never in doubt.The ending sets up a third adventure at the magical bookshop and I can’t wait.
If you fancy spending Christmas at Borrow a Bookshop use the purchase links below:
About the author:
Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places,
with One Winter’s Night being shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.
Kiley’s five novels include: The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday (May 2021), One Winter’s Night (September 2020), Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (2020), Christmas at Frozen Falls (2019) and One Summer’s Night (2019).
Social Media Links:
‘Kiley Dunbar Author Book Page’ on Facebook
website and newsletter: http://www.kileydunbar.co.uk/
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this festive blog tour.
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What a fun book. I really enjoyed this one too.
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