The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson

The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks
.ePUB, 262 pages
Expected Publication: 01 Nov 2022
By: Sourcebooks Landmark
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About The Book:
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.

My Review:
The only books worth reading were written long ago.

Maggie is unemployed and rudderless so she moves from California to Bell River, Maryland 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 Cobblestone Books 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. 

Many thanks to NetGalley, Shauna Robinson, and Sourcebooks Landmark for the giving of the ARC.


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