• The Christmas Bookshop

  • A Novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,039 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Instant New York Times Best Seller!

“Sublime ... Colgan infuses her latest book with humor, wit, suspense and a perfectly cast love triangle.” (USA Today)

"The Christmas Bookshop is literary hot chocolate with a bourbon shot: hot, sweet but with a surprising emotional kick." (The Times (UK))

Perfect for the holidays! A brand-new heartwarming Christmas novel from the beloved New York Times best-selling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas at the Island Hotel

Laid off from her department store job, Carmen has perilously little cash and few options. The prospect of spending Christmas with her perfect sister Sofia, in Sofia’s perfect house with her perfect children and her perfectly ordered yuppie life, does not appeal. 

Frankly, Sofia doesn’t exactly want her prickly sister Carmen there, either. But Sofia has yet another baby on the way, a mother desperate to see her daughters get along, and a client who needs help revitalizing his shabby old bookshop. So Carmen moves in and takes the job. 

Thrown rather suddenly into the inner workings of Mr. McCredie’s ancient bookshop on the picturesque streets of historic Edinburgh, Carmen is intrigued despite herself. The store is dusty and disorganized, but undeniably charming. Can she breathe some new life into it in time for Christmas shopping? What will happen when a famous and charismatic author takes a sudden interest in the bookshop - and Carmen? And will the Christmas spirit be enough to help heal her fractured family?

©2021 Jenny Colgan (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Don’t Miss this Exciting Novel!

A truly delightful Christmas-themed audiobook which grabbed my attention and interest within the talented plot development of the first chapter. Jenny Colgan can write exquisite character revelation and humorous scenes between prickly Carmen and her perfectionistic sister Sofia. They are in their thirties now and their devoted mother still aims to stop the competition between them: she hopes the best gift of all will be that her beloved two daughters learn to get along!

When preparations for Christmas begin in November, Carmen has just lost her job in a satellite city and she joins the family in Edinburgh by residing in perfect Sofia’s perfect basement under the footsteps of her boisterous three little ones — Pippa, Jack, and the irrepressible little Phoebe. Other notable and well-defined people in this book include:- gentle yet sad Mr. McCredie (her new boss at an olde book shoppe in historic section of the capital); Mrs. Marsh (the exacting Department Store previous-boss with one wide apparent bosom); Federico (Sofia’s hardworking husband); Blair (a rather spoiled yet charming celebrated bestselling author); Okie or Oaky (?) a noble and appealing Quaker-truth-telling dendrologist (tree specialist) hired to give popular lectures at the university. Also included are helpers for Sofia (pregnant with her fourth), various witches who attend a winter solstice party at an Occult Magic Shop on Victoria Street, etc.

The book is rife with witty dialogue, and happy children, angry adult misunderstandings, fun adventures (the most exciting to me being a visit to the Hall of Mirrors maze at the winter fair). There are some situations to be fixed, mysteries to be solved, and a fascinating love triangle to be settled in this lively story well delivered to us by the excellent performance artist, Eilidh Beaton. My recommendation? One of the very BEST Christmas tales available to hear on Audible. It’s superb.

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Gorgeous

Her best yet, and the narration is lovely. This might be my favorite listen all year.

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Disappointed

The person reading this is terrible. I am disappointed. I just couldn't get past the high pitched whiney version of the main character. It just didn't make me like her or even want to finish this book. What a waste of money.

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Terrible narration

I couldn’t get into the story as the narration was SO offensive and grating. I was very excited to read a Christmas book leading up the madness of the holidays; this one was not it!

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Just ok

The story was ok. I may have enjoyed it more with a different reader. The reader makes most of the characters sound like whining brats. Maybe that was how the author meant them to sound? I’m not sure.

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DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY or CREDITS

This book is truly awful. The main chapter has no redeeming qualities. The author writes for 14 year olds. Who wants to read chapter after chapter of whining children’s’ dialogue? The narrator really gets into it too, which makes it even more awful. Screeching inane junk that has nothing redeeming about it. The only thing worse is an author who repeatedly and lovingly transcribes animal sounds. “M- EE- OO-WW”! Since the tile is about a bookshop and it’s set in Edinburgh I had hoped for something entertaining and maybe a little bit substantive? Not even close. I’m purging this puerile drivel from my library.

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Enjoyable Read

Nice light read. Interesting characters. I had never heard of author, I will check out some of her other books.

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Lovely holiday listen

I loved the setting of this story. In my mind Edinburg is now pictured as a truly magical place. The voices were a bit whiny and took some getting used to but I did like the accents. The story is a lot about finding yourself and reconnecting with family with a little romance and a lot of Christmas spirit mixed in.

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Not Your Typical Christmas Story

Recommended for those looking for a modern Christmas story that is not about girls meets boy, rejects boy and they marry on Christmas Eve. Yes, there is flirting and potential relationships but so much more. The characters begin as stereotypes, and as the story progresses most of the characters become more. I enjoyed listening to this story in the days leading up to Christmas. I was looking for something light but not full of cheese. Highly recommend! 🎄📚💫

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Charming

This story whisks the reader away with its storybook holiday charm. Warmth radiates from the pages despite the frigid setting. This was exactly the type of read I was looking for moving into the Christmas season. While the resolution was a bit of a stretch, the adorable epilogue made up for any disappointment I felt.

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