Thursday 26 October 2023

Book Review: Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan book cover

AD* | Christmas comes early - far too early - to McCredie’s little Old Town bookshop in Edinburgh. It’s summer, but an American production company has decided that McCredie’s is the perfect location to film a very cheesy Christmas movie. After all, who can resist the charmingly narrow historic street with its Victorian grey stone buildings and warmly lit shop windows?

Carmen Hogan, the bookshop’s manager, is amused and a bit horrified by the goings-on, but the money the studio is paying is too good to pass up. She uses the little windfall from filming to create new displays and fend off a buyout offer from an obnoxious millionaire who wants to turn McCredie’s into a souvenir shop selling kilts made in China and plastic Nessies. Still reeling slightly from a breakup, Carmen’s not particularly looking forward to the holidays. But just as snow begins to fall and the lights of Christmas blink on, all sorts of lovely new possibilities present themselves…for McCredie’s bookstore, and for Carmen herself.

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan is a delightful holiday read that captures the Christmas spirit in Edinburgh's heart. With its engaging characters, vivid sense of place, and heartwarming storyline, this book is a perfect choice for those seeking a cosy winter escape.

One of the standout features of this novel is its exceptional cast of characters. Colgan has crafted a diverse and three-dimensional ensemble that leaps off the page. From the main character Carmen to the quirky locals and the visiting American film crew, each character brings unique charm to the story. It's easy to become emotionally invested in their lives, making it one of the book's most endearing qualities.

The setting itself is almost a character in its own right. Edinburgh's historic streets, grey stone buildings, and warmly lit shop windows are described in such detail that you'll feel like you're strolling through the city at Christmas. Colgan's evocative descriptions transport you to this enchanting location, adding depth and authenticity to the narrative.

McCredie's bookshop is also a book lover's dream. The way it's depicted in the story makes you yearn to visit and wander through its stacks, a haven of literary treasures. The bookshop's significance to the plot adds an extra layer of warmth and charm to the story, making it an integral part of the narrative.

While the book has a lighthearted tone, it doesn't shy away from exploring deeper emotions. It has a big heart, touching on self-discovery, love, and the magic of the holiday season. Carmen's self-acceptance and personal growth journey are beautifully portrayed, making her a relatable and lovable protagonist.

The plot is well-structured and paced, striking a balance between plot-driven and character-focused. It unfolds at just the right speed, keeping the reader engaged without rushing through the narrative. However, while the blurb hints at romance, it's worth noting that the romantic element is not as prominent as one might expect. However, this doesn't detract from the story's overall charm.

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop is a heartwarming and beautifully written novel that captures the magic of Christmas in the enchanting city of Edinburgh. Jenny Colgan's memorable characters, vivid descriptions, and touching themes make this book a delightful winter holiday read. Although it may not be as romance-heavy as expected, it still offers a cosy and enjoyable escape, perfect for curling up with this Christmas.

Rating: 3 stars

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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