Book Review: The Boy in the Bookshop by Katey Lovell

The Boy in the Bookshop: A Short Story (The Meet Cute)

The Boy in the Bookshop By Katey Lovell
Release Date: 29th October 2015
Publisher: HarperImpulse
Buy: Kindle
5 star


A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.


Jade has the job of every book worm’s dreams – working in a second hand bookshop. However, it seems that this Saturday something very special could be about to happen when an intriguing customer pays the bookshop a visit…

I cannot tell you how much of a breath of fresh air I found this bite-size romance story to be. When you read a lot of novels sometimes it’s just nice to read something short, snappy and sweet; just to break things up a bit. Of course it always helps when the short story in question is one of the awesome variety…

There were so many things right with The Boy in the Bookshop. Katey has achieved something which I would imagine is hugely difficult when writing short stories and that is how she has given her readers just enough insight into her characters during the short time in which we get to know them. There’s not a great deal of time for their personalities to shine through, but Katey manages to project those of Jade and Marwan perfectly.
Everything about this little gem of a story was just perfect for me. For starters you have the setting – A BOOKSHOP. (I don’t need to say any more, do I!?) Then there’s the pure bookishness of the story. What I mean by this is the way in which Jade describes the books that she works with – their smell, their feel, the marks which hint at their previous owners. All of this completely appealed to me as I love second hand books for very similar reasons.

If you’re stuck in a reading rut or are looking for a gorgeous little story to entertain you when you’re at a loose end then The Boy in the Bookshop is what you’re looking for. I cannot wait to devour the rest of this series and this is a hugely promising start for Katey Lovell’s writing. I reckon she might just be one to watch…

A huge thank you to Katey for the opportunity to read and review The Boy in the Bookshop.


Katey LovellKatey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.

She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their seven year old son.

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