Book review | The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan



“The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things. It would be lovely, wouldn’t it, whenever you’re going through something difficult, if someone could just tap you on the shoulder and say ‘Don’t worry, it’s  completely worth it’ ” (1).

Some books you just have to read with tea and mini chocolate muffins  (my favourite) within easy reach on your table or nightstand. Jenny Colgan’s The Little Shop of Happy Ever After is so sweet it will give you a sugar high. If you are not into those happy ever after romance novels, I don’t recommend this book.

I however do on occasion enjoy a good chick lit and, though a chick lit novel does not require deep thinking, it does lift your spirits on the rainiest of days. In Jenny Colgan’s message to her readers, she notes “this book is about reading and books, and how these things can change your life […] for the better” (ix). Some books get you thinking or they teach you something. Others, such as this one, are like security blankets; they make the world a little brighter.

In The Little Shop of Happy Ever After, twenty-nine-year-old Nina loses her job at the local library. Though she was never a risk taker, Nina decides to start a mobile bookshop in the Scottish Highlands. Shy Nina soon finds herself in an adventurous romance, but it might just be her dashing new man is too good to be true.

A protagonist who loves to read. A bookshop. An adventurous turn in life. The Scottish Highlands. Check, check, check, check. All these things excite me. I started and finished this book on the train from Amsterdam to Berlin. Since I travelled alone, this book was lovely company. I suggest to read this book when you want to feel good, because Nina’s story will without a doubt make you smile.

Colgan, Jenny. The Little Shop of Happy Ever After. London: Sphere, 2016.