Friday 18 August 2017

Review: True Love at the Lonely Hearts Book Shop by Annie Darling

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop (Lonely Hearts Bookshop #2)
It's a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love. Or is it?

Another delightful novel from the author of The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts. Perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan

Verity Love – Jane Austen fangirl, manager of London’s first romance-only bookshop Happy Ever, and an introvert in a world of extroverts – is perfectly happy on her own (thank you very much), and quite happy hiding in the office and lying to her friends about her fictional boyfriend Peter, whose presence is very useful for getting her out of social events.

But when a case of mistaken identity forces her to introduce a perfect stranger as her boyfriend, Verity’s life suddenly becomes much more complicated.

Because ‘Peter’ is actually Johnny, and he too could use a fictional girlfriend. So against her better judgement and because she can't stand sitting on the sad singles table, Verity and Johnny decide to partner up for a summer season of weddings, big number birthdays and garden parties, culminating in her sister’s Big Fat Wedding.

And by the end of the summer, there’s a bad case of heartache that even Verity’s beloved Pride And Prejudice might not be able to cure…

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

Last year I had the pleasure of reading the first instalment of the Lonely Hearts Bookshop so I was excited at the chance to read this instalment. However, oftentimes when it comes to reading a second book from an author I feel a little wary, sometimes their second (to me) book doesn't have the same draw the first did, so I delayed picking up this one for a little while. I needn't have worried, from just a few pages in I was already in love with Verity's story.

Very early on Johnny tells Verity that the reason he is single is because he's in love with another woman and they cant be together because "it's complicated", I think Verity must be the only person who doesn't understand what this means, and when she is introduced to the object of his affections the realisation goes straight over her head. Poor Naive Verity. And Poor Johnny who cant see that the love of his life is stringing him along for her own ego boost.

This book I picked up to read as a distraction on a car journey, but its such an easy book to slip in to, the characters so charming that I couldn't drag myself away and I ended up reading this in a day. I do so hope there's a third book in the series... and if so I definitely wont delay in reading that.

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