A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

A snowstorm. A stranger. A spark. And it’s Christmas!
It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.

But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.

When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.

Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…

My review:

A Bookshop Christmas was the perfect festive location for me, so I was completely sold on the location from the start. I also loved the idea of a Regency Christmas party and although I’m not usually a fan of fancy dress parties on the whole, the idea of a Jane Austen-esque party sounded so much fun I would definitely make an exception!

I love both Megan and Xander, both of whom were dealing with the grief of losing a loved one, and were able to find a connection that allowed them both to heal. The other characters were great fun, and there was even a dog. I love dogs in books, and Gus was no exception! I really enjoyed the interactions between the members of the Die-Hard Romantics Book Club, and it made me really wish I had a book club near me!

On a serious note, the story highlighted the plight that affects many local independent book shops, where it is difficult to make a steady living and compete against the bigger well known bookshops. I already share the love by buying books from a variety of independent shops around the UK, but it did make me think that I needed to do it more.

The setting in and around York sounded so idyllic, especially with the snow, and with the book shop being in an older building, it really made it all sound so beautifully festive.

This festive novel is filled to the brim with the spirit of Christmas, romance, life after a loss and feel-good vibes that will leave you smiling every time you think about the book!

Many thanks to Head of Zeus, Aria Fiction and Rachel Burton for my invitation to take part in this blog tour. Why not check out some of the other stops on the tour below:

Buy from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XPdMNT

Buy from Waterstones: https://bit.ly/3pMm1WN

About the author:

Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks. Now she writes from a small bedroom looking out over hydrangeas, lavender bushes and rambling roses, in a little house in Yorkshire that she shares with her husband and their three cats. She loves words, Shakespeare, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes (not necessarily in that order).

Follow Rachel:

Twitter: @RachelBWriter

Facebook: @Rachelburton74

Instagram: @RachelBWriter

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Follow Head of Zeus:

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Facebook: @headofzeus

Website: http://www.headofzeus.com

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