Friday, May 15, 2020

Book review of The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn by Freya Kennedy

French Village Diaries book review The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn Freya Kennedy
The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn by Freya Kennedy


The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn

A gorgeous new romantic comedy about taking chances and realising your dreams.

Libby Quinn is sick and tired of being sensible.

After years of slogging her guts out for nothing at a PR company, she finds herself redundant and about to plough every last penny of her savings into refurbishing a ramshackle shop and making her dream of owning her own bookshop become a reality.

She hopes opening 'Once Upon A Book' on Ivy Lane will be the perfect tribute to her beloved grandfather who instilled a love of reading and books in her from an early age.

When her love life and friendships become even more complicated – will Libby have the courage to follow her dreams? Or has she bitten off more than she can chew?


French Village Diaries book review The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn Freya Kennedy
The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn by Freya Kennedy


My Review

I have to start this review with a confession. This book has no link to anything French, but as it’s set in a bookshop and had such a lovely synopsis, I couldn’t resist. 

Libby Quinn has the chance to open her own bookshop, a dream she had shared with her beloved grandfather since she was a little girl, sitting on his knee and getting lost in his stories. There might be a lot of work to do before she opens the doors, but with support from family and friends and the knowledge that her grandfather is smiling down on her, Libby knows she has it in her to succeed, even when things don’t quite go to plan. 

It doesn’t take her long to realise that her new neighbours on Ivy Lane are more than a collection of residents and businesses, they are a family, who quickly take Bookshop Libby into their hearts and do all they can to help her succeed. Opening Once Upon a Book is the start of a journey for Libby and being part of their community is just what she needs to begin to mend her broken emotions. 

As she ticks off the items from her huge to do list, she starts to wake up and realise what she wants from life, and from those around her. This book is packed full of fun, lots of emotional memories and lots of book love. What Libby is creating is so much more than just a bookshop, and with a coffee machine, desks for roaming writers and carefully selected repurposed furniture and fixtures, I really wanted to be able to pay her a visit.

This is one for the bookworms among you, who need a little a book magic and romance to escape into and where you just might find a knight in shining armour. 


French Village Diaries book review The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn Freya Kennedy
The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn by Freya Kennedy


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French Village Diaries book review The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn Freya Kennedy
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Author Bio 

Freya Kennedy lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, with her husband, two children, two cats and a mad dog called Izzy. She worked as a journalist for eighteen years before deciding to write full time. When not writing, she can be found reading, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, cleaning up after her children (a lot) and telling her dog that she loves her. 

She has met Michael Buble and even kissed him. It was one of her best ever moments.

She believes in happy ever afters.

Freya Kennedy is a pen name for Claire Allan, who also writes psychological thrillers.

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