Christmas at the Borrow a Bookshop by Kiley Dunbar


Tis the season for finding love… and the perfect book

With just two weeks until Christmas, everything in Clove Lore should be perfect. But the latest holidaymaker to the Borrow a Bookshop is feeling far from festive…

Icelandic ex-bookseller Magnús Sturluson might be surrounded by love stories in the Bookshop, but he’s nursing a sadness that not even fiction can fix.

When Alexandra Robinson finds herself stranded in Clove Lore, she finds a safe place to hide from heartbreak. After all, all that’s waiting for her at home is a cheater boyfriend and the memories of her parents. As Alex finds herself embraced by the quirky village community, she finds her tough exterior thawing – and as she grows closer to Magnús, she finds an equally soft heart under his gruff shell.

It seems that Clove Lore is working its magic once again – until a great flood on Christmas Eve brings devastation in its wake. It’s up to Magnús and Alex to batten down the hatches and help bring the village back together again, while also introducing the locals to the Icelandic tradition of the jólabókaflóð – Yule book flood – where families and friends gather on Christmas Eve to exchange books and read together.

But can Magnús and Alex truly rescue the ruins of the village, and salvage their Christmas spirit? Or is there another complication lurking even closer than they thought?

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I read The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday by Kiley last year, so I was so happy when I saw there was going to be another book and it would be set at Christmas, I was all kinds of happy, then I was given an advanced copy and you think things can’t get better for me, well they did because did you see the cover, how gorgeous, how adorable, Christmassy and warm and I just want to jump into that cover. I haven’t even told you how much I loved this book yet !

It will come as no surprise after my gushing that I adored this book, just as much, maybe more as I did the first, I think I fall in love with Kiley’s writing and characters more with each book I read, you want romance, drama, family, friendships, community and a hug in book form, then you won’t go wrong picking up one of Kiley Dunbar’s books.

Although this is the second book in the series, this can definitely be read as a stand-alone ( I mean I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to devour the first too, but free will and everything, but seriously you’re gonna love the first book too, why would you want to miss out) I loved the community in the first, but I think they pull together even more here, there is definitely an even stronger sense of community this time. There so much drama, heart in this, Kileys books are always fantastic, the romance is gorgeous but I love that community, friendships are placed as equals to romance, celebrating love in all its forms.

Magnus and Alex are fantastic characters, but so are all the supporting characters and villagers, it’s what makes the book stronger when all the characters are relatable and well developed. I believe there’s going to be another book due in Spring and I will definitely be reading and eagerly awaiting that book. Kiley Dunbar is on my go to list of authors now, long may she continue to write books like these and I’ll throw my money at her time and again.

Thanks to Hera Books, Rachel’s Random Resources, Netgalley and Kiley Dunbar for the opportunity to read an advanced copy and take part in the blog tour. All opinions are my own and freely given.

About the Author

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places, with One Winter’s Night being shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.

Kiley’s five novels include: The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday (May 2021), One Winter’s Night (September 2020), Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (2020), Christmas at Frozen Falls (2019) and One Summer’s Night (2019).

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