• The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts

  • The Riverside Lane Series
  • By: Alison Sherlock
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts

By: Alison Sherlock
Narrated by: Helen Keeley
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Publisher's Summary

A feel-good story of new beginnings set in a gorgeous country village, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson.

After losing her job in New York, Amber Green isn’t looking forward to visiting her godmother in the sleepy village of Cranbridge. With its empty lanes and rundown shops, it’s hardly a place to mend her lonely heart.

But when Amber discovers that Cranbridge Stores, owned by her godmother, Cathy, and son, Josh, is under threat of financial ruin, she realises that her skills as a window dresser might just be able to help save the struggling shop.

When disaster strikes, Amber and Josh must unite to save both the shop and the village from flooding.

Can Cranbridge Stores become the heart of the village once more?

And as the village begins to come back to life, perhaps Amber will discover a reason to stay.

©2020 Alison Sherlock (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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loved this story

I wanted to move into the book and stay there. It was a wonderful escape from this awful year.

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A Sweet Story about Love and Friendship

I didn’t give this book five stars because I thought the pacing was a little too slow but overall I enjoyed the story very much. The characters were charming and relatable and the romance between Josh and Amber was sweet, though probably a little too slow of a burn - wish there had been a chance to develop it further. Overall, I spent an enjoyable afternoon reading about village life in England.

The narrator was excellent.

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Nice cozy romance

Loved this book it does start out a little sad but it does pick up. I like that fact it doesn't focus on the characters insecurities at nauseum.

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Loved it!

Such a lovely heartwarming feelgood story in a pretty small town setting.
Lovable characters and the pace just perfect.
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Sweet story

Enjoyed this sweet story as a break from my usual type of books. Think I will check out more by this author.

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Okay wonderful feeling good book

I really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful, Uplifting book to help deal with the harshness of reality for me

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I tried but it was a no for me

The drama was inane / who cares about a tractor?? Not even good background noise because it was painfully stupid. It wasn’t poorly written but the content was so just embarrassingly dumb lol.

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Great story but why…

Why is the first book always free then none other in the series are free???? Especially for audible I pay for and pay for kindle to have audible!!!! Ugh!!!!

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Such a simple and cute story!

If you're looking for a cozy fireplace story to curl up with, this is definitely the one! The characters are easy with normal, understandable, and relatable nuances. The story reads fluidly with no unnecessary twists and turns. The narrator's voice is soothing and pleasant. Aesthetically, everything about this book is great.

Some stories take excessive liberties with drama and sometimes that's ok. But, there are times when you don't want a story that makes you want to throw something in fury or growl in frustration at the antics of the characters. This story is simple with a few hiccups that add depth to the story without making it complex. The hesitations of the characters are "normal" in that they are not erratic or ridiculous. You truly understand and empathize with them and how they act. They are loveable in their own ways. Its a beautifully soothing story.

The narrator does an awesome job. There are a few places where she pauses too early in the sentence and thus throws off the flow, but it doesn't take away from the story. Those instances are also few and far between. I found her voice gentle and appropriate. She gives proper life to each character.

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Depressing!

I am sure the book will be more positive later on but right now the story is just sad and depressing and I can't stand it any longer. I thought it would be uplifting and more fun, perhaps with a rough start, but not with serious illnesses being part of it, and it being overall depressing. I wanted a nice, lighter read and did not enjoy this at all, I returned it.

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  • Dawn
  • 05-31-21

Waste of a credit

If you like novels containing two-dimensional characters, uneventful predictable plots with no mystery or depth, and sing-song narration too, then buy this book. However if you enjoy characters you care about driving a compelling plot that captures your interest and imagination, then look elsewhere.

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  • JC
  • 10-20-20

BRILLIANT ☺

Really enjoyed very much listening to this clean and wholesome love story. Thank u for it.🌹

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  • Mary Wilson
  • 07-14-21

Excellent narrator. Brilliant book.

I absolutely loved this book. I so wish we had a shop like this in my village, real time. just how things used to be. I could imagine myself in this shop, as it was so brilliantly written. I would definitely recommend this book. Thank you to the Author Alison Sherlock. xx

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  • Colin McIntosh
  • 05-24-21

Became too Saccharine

I was enjoying this. Though it was predictable it was a pleasant story but by over half way I wanted to shake Amber too get a grip as she became quite a pathetic character and by the end it was too mills and boon in style and felt very fleshed out with silly scenarios etc especially the end when suddenly she does a 360 degree change of character that is frankly ridiculous. Narration was ok but each character sounded exactly the same or went into a high pitched whine.
Stick to Cathy Bramley or Milly Johnson I’d I were you and don’t waste a credit

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  • Steve
  • 07-26-21

Lovely and heartwarming 💕

I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely heartwarming story of two people in a quiet country village. Lots of lovely characters to get to know and I hope there is more.

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  • 03-27-22

I've heard of slow burn but...

I've heard of slow burn but I stopes rooting for them in the end. Otherwise a nice story

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  • Anasarah
  • 10-01-21

Eh…

I think I am getting to old for those kind of books… it was really uneventful and really boring story… all characters are so together and the dialogues between them as well as the internal dialogue is fake or unoriginal. ‘…and he wondered how she could know him so well after such a short time’… eh…

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-29-21

A slow starter!

Very slow to get into any sort of story/established characters etc. Nothing really happens until chapter 20.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-21

My first audio book

I loved it, it's a nice easy listen with good flow to the story. Well narrated.

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  • Roberta Smart
  • 12-06-22

A pure pleasure

Excellent narration, a gentle story with light and shade, imagination and delight. Perfect for a Winter's Evening beside the fire.

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  • cheridan
  • 10-29-22

cute and sweet

this isn't an earth-shattering book but it is a very sweet summer. read and easy to listen to

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  • Nina
  • 10-18-22

beautiful

its a wonderful story and easy listen. it wraps you up and gives you a cosy and warm feeling. story about community and loyalty and staying local. very nice and enjoyable