Ending the week with a book that every bookworm will love.
Today is the Mondayest Monday ever. Hallie Winstone has been fired – and it wasn’t even her fault!
Having lost her job and humiliated herself in front of a whole restaurant full of diners, this is absolutely, one hundred percent, the worst day of her life.
That is until she receives an email announcing that she is the lucky winner of the Once Upon a Page Bookshop!
Owning a bookshop has always been Hallie’s dream, and when she starts to find secret love letters on the first pages of every book, she knows she’s stumbled across something special.
Things get even better when she meets gorgeous, bookish Dimitri and between them, they post a few of the hidden messages online, reuniting people who thought they were lost forever.
But maybe it’s time for Hallie to find her own happy-ever-after, too?
Jaimie Admans is one of my go-to authors, I just know when I pick up one of her books that I’m going to enjoy it. Which is why I’m surprised it has taken me so long to getting round to reading this one, especially since books and bookshops are my happy place, but I’m also glad that I read it this week because I really needed a pick me up and this book was the perfect antidote.
When I was little I would read fairytales and wish for them to be true and this book feels like my version of a fairytale that I want to come true. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a character more than I have wanted to be Hallie, winning a bookshop and getting to hang out with someone all day who loves books as much as she does, even with the worries and the dreadful Drake I would swap places in a heartbeat.
I’m sure I don’t really need to say it but I will anyway, I loved this book, it was the perfect mix of happiness and escapism that I was looking for. The love stories were fantastic as well, I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself looking in covers of second-hand books in the future to see if I can find any myself, but I did quite like that they didn’t all have happy endings.
Hallie was lovely, even though she feels a little out of her depth in the bookshop at first I loved that her passion and imagination soon shone through. One of the things I really enjoyed was her relationship with her mother, it was so funny, there were a good few one-liners in reaction to her mother’s meddling that had me laughing out loud.
I also loved the chemistry between Hallie and Dimitri, the way they bounce off each other and always have something funny or witty to say. I liked that Dimitri is kind of part of the furniture that comes with the shop and that he really lifts Hallie’s confidence when she has new ideas. He is a bit enigmatic at times which I found interesting because it was so different to his usual demeanour but ultimately a brilliant book boyfriend.
This book has definitely brightened my week, I loved getting lost in its pages, and I’m already looking forward to reading Jaimie Admans next book.