#Blogtour #Review: The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn by Freya Kennedy @ClaireAllan @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #TheHopesAndDreamsOfLibbyQuinn
Release date - 5th May 2020
Book length - 294 pages
Publisher - Boldwood Books
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I want to thank Rachel from www.rachelsrandomresources.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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?
A warm and wonderful story about family, friendship, and the magic that books can hold for us, THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF LIBBY QUINN by Freya Kennedy is the perfect balm for the soul.
When Libby finds herself in the financial position to buy a beautiful, and run-down, old shop she jumps at the opportunity. Finally, she can make her and her grandfather's dream of opening their own bookstore come true. If only he were still alive to celebrate it all with her. But with the help of her parents, her best friend, and her boyfriend, Libby is determined to make this business a success. Except her boyfriend doesn't seem that eager to get his hands dirty and her best friend feels neglected, and as the work begins, Libby starts to doubt whether she will run out of money and hope before it is even possible to open the doors. But with the help of some fellow business owners in the street, Libby soon realises that there is something even more special about this place as it comes with a kind-hearted community that long to see her succeed. And when she begins to have feelings for a particular pub owner, life may just get more complicated before it gets easier ...
I lost myself among the pages of THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF LIBBY QUINN and I didn't come back to reality until I finished the very last word. The characters are witty, relatable, kind, and creative, and I loved the setting where community spirit and friendship is shown to be the most important thing. Libby is a likeable main character and there were plenty of ups and downs to keep me interested throughout.
What book lover hasn't dreamt of opening up a book shop of their own? I know I have. So it was such a joy to see the love and thought going into the space at every turn, and this was made all the more powerful because of Libby's pure and devoted relationship that she had with her grandfather. He was the man who opened up her heart to books and my heart broke for her loss.
THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF LIBBY QUINN by Freya Kennedy is a fantastic book about new chapters in life and I cannot wait for more from this author.
Freya Kennedy is the pen name of Derry based author Claire Allan - who is perhaps best known for her psychological thrillers!
However, before turning a life of crime, Claire wrote women's fiction for Irish publisher Poolbeg Press, her reinvention as Freya Kennedy will see her bring some love, laughter and heart-warming happiness to readers.
A true Derry girl, Freya Kennedy has lived all her life in the north of Ireland. She worked for 18 years as a journalist and has been writing full time since 2016.
She is a huge fan of all kinds of books, from Marian Keyes (she cried the first time she met Marian), to Rowan Coleman, to Jane Fallon, to Jojo Moyes.
She also enjoys a good murder!
She continues to live in Derry with her husband, her two children, two cats and the best dog in the world.
For more information:
Website - www.claireallan.com
Twitter - twitter.com/ClaireAllan
Facebook - www.facebook.com/ClaireAllanAuthor/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/claireallan_author/
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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