"A sparkling bookish story about rules just begging to be broken." — Abby Jimenez, New York Times bestselling author of Part of Your World and The Friend Zone
I, Maggie Banks, solemnly swear to uphold the rules of Cobblestone Books. If only, I, Maggie Banks, believed in following the rules.
When Maggie Banks arrives in Bell River to run her best friend’s struggling bookstore, she expects to sell bestsellers to her small-town clientele. But running a bookstore in a town with a famously bookish history isn’t easy. Bell River’s literary society insists on keeping the bookstore stuck in the past, and Maggie is banned from selling anything written this century. So, when a series of mishaps suddenly tip the bookstore toward ruin, Maggie will have to get creative to keep the shop afloat.
And in Maggie’s world, book rules are made to be broken.
To help save the store, Maggie starts an underground book club, running a series of events celebrating the books readers actually love. But keeping the club quiet, selling forbidden books, and dodging the literary society is nearly impossible. Especially when Maggie unearths a town secret that could upend everything.
Maggie will have to decide what’s more important: the books that formed a small town’s history, or the stories poised to change it all.
Divine Bookstore setting
The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks: The bookshop setting was divine; the storyline was such a delicious RomCom. Just enough twistiness to keep me turning the pages. Recommended.
An Entertaining Read!
Do you enjoy books that are about bookstores located in a small town with quirky characters?
Maggie was at a standstill in her life. She didn’t have a job and was living with her parents, so it was not ideal situation. Rochelle, her best friend from college, invited Maggie to come and manage her bookstore in Bell River, from August to December, while she is out on maternity leave. Rochelle even offered for her to stay with her, so she could finally figure out her next steps in life. Maggie reluctantly agrees. Will this give Maggie the push to figure out her life?
Ralph Bell is the grandson of Edward Bell who is revered in Bell River. Ralph has invested in the bookshop, so he stipulates the bookstore can only sell Edward Bell’s books and Classics, so it’s more of a tourist attraction. With a town that celebrates Edward Bell, it’s only fitting to have a bookstore that does the same. But when Maggie finds out the bookstore is losing profits, can she break the rules of the bookstore in order to save it? How will Ralph and Rochelle take it? Will they embrace it or will they tell her to move on?
A fun and entertaining book that will have you cheering on Maggie as she tries to save the book store.
I love how this author chose to center this book around a bookstore with strict rules that only sold Classics. It just highlights the problems around only selling one type of book and implications that come with it!
Wonderful Bookish Romantic Comedy
Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒
The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson is a fun, bookish book, set in a small town with interesting, relatable characters. I read this book with a big smile on my face.
Maggie Banks hasn’t figured out her life yet, she jumps from job to job and finds herself still living with her parents. So when her friend invites her to Bell River to run her little bookshop, Maggie jumps at the chance to take some time to figure out her life. She expects to sell modern books to the residents of Bell River, but when she gets there, she finds out she can only sell books published prior to this century.
The bookstore is already having financial issues before she gets there, and then when she makes some mistakes, she puts the bookstore on the road to financial ruin. She doesn’t want to disappoint her friend who is on maternity leave, so she finds some creative ways to sell more modern books to the good residents of Bell River. But, selling banned books under the nose of the strict town historian is a recipe for disaster.
I read the previous book by Shauna Robinson, Must Love Book, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. But, I loved this second book. It’s everything I want in a bookish book. A cute bookstore, with a book-loving main character, a handsome love interest who also loves books, and a small town full of book lovers.
Maggie is a bit of a mess, but also adorable. She has no idea of the power she has in bringing people together and she’s convinced herself that she’s not a success. I loved her energy, her wit, and her courage. She’s someone I could be best friends with. Malcolm, her love interest is the opposite. He’s a rule follower, and a bit shy, but, together they make a wonderful match. She brings out his fun side, and he keeps her grounded and gives her the support and encouragement she needs.
I highly recommend The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks to anyone who enjoys romantic comedy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.