The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks, a review by Shelley

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Shauna Robinson

Sourcebooks Landmark
Publishing November 1st, 2022
336 pages
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Maggie is unemployed and rudderless so she goes to stay with her friend, Rochelle, to help her in her bookshop while Rochelle is on maternity leave. The town of Bell River is obsessed with its hometown hero, and author, Edward Bell. Even though Maggie isn’t a lover of books she decides working at the bookstore and staying with Rochelle and her family is just what she needs to give her life the push it needs for a new start.

I really enjoyed this author’s other book Must Love Books so I was happy to see she had yet another book about books available. Shauna Robinson’s love of the written word shines through in her books and I loved all the literary references in this one and I loved reading about avid readers.

There were many small town, quirky characters in this story, and most of them I adored. Ralph, the antagonist, is such a stuffed shirt and so small-minded, that I abhorred him, especially when it came to his thoughts on books. Nothing allowed that was published after 1968?! I loved Malcolm and the ways he and Maggie stepped out of their comfort zones to try new things. Even though their romance wasn’t swoon-worthy it was rather sweet and I loved their sense of humour throughout the book.

Such a quick, cute, and fun read. I was so pleased to see Maggie turn into a reader and find her love for books and that she found her true calling through selling the banned books and her wonderful book events. I also liked the way the whole town decided to band together.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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