Christmas at the Borrow a Bookshop Read Online Kiley Dunbar

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Total pages in book: 97
Estimated words: 90228 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 451(@200wpm)___ 361(@250wpm)___ 301(@300wpm)

'Tis the season for finding love… and the perfect book

With just two weeks until Christmas, everything in Clove Lore should be perfect. But the latest holidaymaker to the Borrow a Bookshop is feeling far from festive…
Icelandic ex-bookseller Magnús Sturluson might be surrounded by love stories in the Bookshop, but he’s nursing a sadness that not even fiction can fix.
When Alexandra Robinson finds herself stranded in Clove Lore, she finds a safe place to hide from heartbreak. After all, all that’s waiting for her at home is a cheater boyfriend and the memories of her parents. As Alex finds herself embraced by the quirky village community, she finds her tough exterior thawing – and as she grows closer to Magnús, she finds an equally soft heart under his gruff shell.
It seems that Clove Lore is working its magic once again – until a great flood on Christmas Eve brings devastation in its wake. It’s up to Magnús and Alex to batten down the hatches and help bring the village back together again, while also introducing the locals to the Icelandic tradition of the jólabókaflóð – Yule book flood – where families and friends gather on Christmas Eve to exchange books and read together.
But can Magnús and Alex truly rescue the ruins of the village, and salvage their Christmas spirit? Or is there another complication lurking even closer than they thought?



Clove Lore

Some holidaymakers will think nothing of parting with four grand for a fortnight in a fully kitted-out villa on the Amalfi Coast, while devotees of the ‘staycation’ might invest as much as a third of their spare annual income to stay in a farm cottage in the countryside where the kids can feed goats, ride ponies and dodge the rain showers. And more power to them; no doubt they’ll all have a wonderful time.

But there’s still so much more to consider, what with lockdowns and cancellations always looming threateningly on the horizon like storm clouds, passport control lines as long as airport runways, the added taxes and insurance costs, all that faffery with roaming charges for your phone – and that’s before you even consider the expense of meals out, the art of inoffensive tipping, or the fact that tariffs shoot up during the school holidays so you’d have to be Zuckerberg levels of rich to afford even a week during peak season at Center Parcs these days.

All reasons why there’s a new kind of getaway growing in popularity, especially amongst a certain type of person, a person much like you, and it’s called the bookselling holiday.

All over the place, bookshops are jumping on the holiday-let bandwagon and dusting off their storerooms, clearing basements and attics, and shipping in beds and IKEA kitchen cubbies, so that book nerds can live out their fantasies of living and working in their very own bookstore, even if it is only for a week or two.

The Borrow-A-Bookshop at Clove Lore, right on the coast in beautiful Devon, was one of the very first to open its doors to guests, and this year its fame had spread as far as the Guardian travel pages and one very tempting two-page feature in The People’s Friend.

There’s a lot to recommend a Clove Lore bookish break. Imagine shuffling around your own personal bookshop from sunrise till twilight, or what the locals call ‘dimpsey light’ making recommendations to customers (called ‘hand-selling’ to those in the know!), lovingly wrapping a customer’s new book and sending them off with a smile on their face. Then, after hours, there’s the village itself to explore.

Clove Lore consists of one zig-zagging steep street (known as Up-along when you’re at the bottom, and Down-along when you’re at the top) which leads from the visitor centre – where the tour buses pull up – with its concessions selling souvenirs and clotted cream fudge, and the donkey sanctuary next door, all the way down to the historic harbour, where Bella and Finan run their traditional English pub, the Siren’s Tail, with its open fire and bar-restaurant, always cosy and welcoming on a winter’s day.

In summer you can take a trip on one of the sea-life spotting boats, wander along the beach to marvel at the caves and listen to the music of the cliff waterfall, or simply soak up the atmosphere and chat with the locals on the sea wall.

You might even fall in love, if Jude and Elliot are anything to go by. They both came to the seaside for a break (lugging broken hearts with them) and left healing and happy. Actually, the leaving part’s not quite true. Jude and Elliot met here last summer and look at them now, living, working – and in Jude’s case studying – locally and every bit in love as they ever were.

Not that the village chooses to advertise itself as a top spot for romance. The dramatic seascapes are attraction enough and there’s such a thing as too many visitors, according to Araminta Clove-Congreve, ‘Minty’ to her friends, the aristocratic owner of the Big House and estate gardens at the top of the village. She’s slowly coming to terms with being skint and single since forever, up there in her grand old country pile, and trying to modernise, if a little reluctantly, to help turn the village into a tastefully desirable destination.