"A town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants on". Unfortunately, this is the morale of the story. A widow opens a bookshop, something most readers dream of. Alas, the rest of the little town is not very welcoming, they ignore her business, they are plain hostile to her.
I was attracted to this book because of its title, obviously. It had a promising start but the book didn't live up to it. A little too superficial, a little too "easy reading" for me. But if you're into a light "beach read", you might appreciate this.
Penelope Fitzgerald was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for "The Bookshop" in 1978.