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12 July 2016

Tuesday Intros/Teaser Tuesday - Ellen Berry's The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane - Release Day Ramble Update

Another oh-so-delightful read from the Avon imprint of HarperCollins UK! The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane is the first book written by 'Ellen Berry' ... though you may have come across Fiona Gibson's books before and they just happen to be the same person. (Speaking of Fiona Gibson -- if anyone knows of somewhere in the US where I can buy a digital copy of Mummy Said the F-Word I would be very happy indeed!) Anyway, I knew that I was going to request this on NetGalley as soon as I saw the gorgeous cover and with a title about a bookshop? What could be better?

Oh, just you wait, my dear readers.

You may have noticed that I haven't blockquoted a description this time. To be honest, I think that the intro and teaser may be enough to pique your interest!

"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is the first paragraph (or two) of a book being read now or in the future.

"Teaser Tuesday" asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read. Of course, I tend to be a bit flexible with the "line or two." This bit comes from the 23% mark of the book.


I don't know about you, but I have tons of memories of flipping through my own grandmother's and mother's cookbooks and have quite a collection myself (in spite of the fact that I rarely actually use them).

***Updated Ramble***

A book about a bookshop about cookbooks. I was swooning all over the place here before even starting.

Della has recently turned 50 years old. Her mother, Kitty, is dying. Her daughter, Sophie, is getting ready to go off to art school. Her husband, Mark, has taken up golf. Life throws her one curve ball after another and rather than completely crumble under the pressure of it all, she holds it all together and gets things done. It was pretty much the way she had always been -- at least since the age of ten when her father ran off with another woman and Della took it upon herself to hold everyone and everything together.
Della was sensible enough to know Kitty needed to eat, and that gin and tonic didn't count as real food, even with ice and lemon. (2%)
After leaving school, Della had been cajoled by Kitty into doing a secretarial course: 'Because you might not be the brightest button in the box, darling, but you're extremely good at getting things done.' (14%)
When her mother passes on, Della takes her collection of almost 1000 cookbooks, much to the dismay of her husband. Even worse in his eyes, she plans on using them to open a cookbook bookshop in the little village where she grew up.

Although the book is titled The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane and there is quite a bit about the bookshop in the story, it really isn't so much a book about a bookshop about cookbooks after all. This is a story about Della getting things done and learning how to get things done for Della instead of for everyone else.

It's a beautiful story and I highly recommend it. The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane is being released digitally on July 14th and the U.S. paperback release is August 30th. I'm already planning on getting the paperback in spite of having the digital thanks to NetGalley. I bet it would look lovely on the shelf with my cookbooks. Even more exciting is that this is the first in a series of Rosemary Lane books with The Bakery on Rosemary Lane coming in 2017 and The Bistro on Rosemary Lane in 2018! I don't really want to wait that long, but I know it will be worth it.


  1. Um. Me too... I used to be into cooking when I had a family - but these days I eat to live and Himself does the cooking so I only dust off the cookbooks to revisit one of the family favourite pudding when they come for a meal... But I know there are LOADS of folks out there that love their cookbooks! This is my offering this week - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/teaser-tuesday-12th-july-2016/

  2. Sounds like a light summer choice. (I don't do too much cooking these days except in winter, we mostly dine out.

  3. I'm a cookbook collector but not much of a cook. I like the pretty pictures. I can't imagine a bookshop that only sells cookbooks succeeding though. My teaser this week comes from The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff which has been sitting on TBR Mountain forever. Happy reading!

  4. I'd pick this up based on the cover alone! Enjoy :)

  5. I love the premise, the title, and the cover! Those excerpts captured my interest, too. Thanks for sharing and enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Love this. I also have a lot of cookbooks but love them. This one will be going on my list. Enjoy. Have a great week.

  7. The title alone is a big draw--a bookshop! This sounds like a fun read. Cookbooks aren't my thing, but it sounds like that won't be a problem if I read this one. Thanks for sharing!

  8. OH my, you make me so hungry!! Books and cooking, what else do we want? lol. And your presentation is awesome, I may have to steal the idea

  9. This sounds really good. I have requested it from NetGalley. Enjoy!

  10. Ha! I've been in cookbook bookstores and I LOVE them.