Saturday 3 February 2024

The Bookshop by the Loch by Julie Shackman

Lexie Dunbar is a book lover. And her favourite place in the world is her local bookstore, Book Ends.  So when she hears that it’s going to be sold, Lexie decides she needs to do something to help. 

Lexie’s plan to save the ailing shop is fully underway until gorgeous-but-grouchy artist Tobias Black arrives on the scene determined to turn the bookstore into an art gallery. Lexie is horrified; the last thing the quaint town of Bracken Way needs is a pretentious artist, even if he does seem to charm everyone but her.

Tensions continue to rise until Tobias discovers a shocking secret that shows they might have more in common than they realise. As sparks fly, can Lexie and Tobias work together, or will opposing ideas get in the way of them finding their very own happy ever after…


The Bookshop by the Loch ticks a lot of boxes. A picturesque setting, a lot of family drama and a slow-burn, sweet romance.
Lexie pulls at your heartstrings right from the beginning as she faces the mortification of being publicly passed over for a promotion. She asko has a sad back story where her father abandoned her and her mother when she was little. So it was that I had a great wanting for her to succeed massively in her new venture and as a freelance editor.
Chances come rolling for Lexie in the form of managing the local bookshop and as a freelance editor. Having to share the space with Tobias caused functions in the beginning but they quickly became good friends. His grouchiness wasn't long-lived as they bonded over familial problems, secrets, tensions and drama. Lexie's father turns up out of the blue after twenty-three years to cause further upset.
The added storyline of Celeste's book and her connection to the area was an interesting addition and I enjoyed her storyline as much as Lexie's.
I was rooting for Lexie and Tobias all the way through and it was a lovely and heartwarming moment when it all worked out for them.
This is an uplifting story of love and forgiveness.

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Author Bio – Julie Shackman is a former journalist from Scotland, who has always wanted to write feel-good romance. As well as being an author, Julie also writes verses and captions for greetings card companies. Julie admits to having an obsession with stationery and handbags. She is married, has two sons and a Romanian rescue pup, Cooper. The Bookshop by the Loch is Julie's tenth novel.

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