I’ve been angry at the world lately and my usual serial killer books weren’t helping. So, I was really happy to be able to pick up this charming book and enter a sense of calm.
The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn by Freya Kennedy
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 become a reality. She hopes the opening of bookshop 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?
Usually I would spend this section of my review analysing different themes and looking for deeper messages in the story. With The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn there is no need to do that. This is simply a feel-good book perfect for reading for the pure sake of enjoyment.
Libby is a likeable character but, of course, I didn’t know that would be the case from the first few pages. What it was that initially drew me to her was her love of books. I also admired her for following her dream and opening a book shop. Something my sister and I also dream about, though I’m not sure we will ever make it.
But opening a book shop was not just Libby’s dream; it was the dream of her late grandfather too. What a beautiful relationship those two shared. Her stories of them together were touching. Also touching was the people of Ivy Lane. What an amazing. community! I really want to live there.
Admittedly, at times the story was a bit predictable. However, if you enjoy a slow-burn romance that will leave you with a fuzzy feeling, The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn is the right book for you.
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I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.