The Bookshop Ladies

The brand new uplifiting story of friendship and community from the #1 kindle bestselling author

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Pub Date 10 Sep 2024 | Archive Date 8 Jun 2024

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Bestselling Irish writer, Faith Hogan, has created another gripping saga of friendship, betrayal and secrets in this story of a widow in search of answers to a shocking confession by her dying husband.

Joy Blackwood has no idea why her French art dealer husband has left a valuable painting to a woman called Robyn Tessier in Ballycove, a small town on the west coast of Ireland, but she is determined to find out. She arrives in Ballycove to find that Robyn runs a rather chaotic and unprofitable bookshop. She is shy, suffering from unrequited love for dashing Kian, and badly in need of advice on how to make the bookshop successful.

As Joy gets drawn into the dramas of everyday life in the town, she finds it more and more difficult to confess why she really came, let alone find the truth about the painting she brought with her. When she does finally summon up the courage, it sets the cat amongst the pigeons in the close-knit, friendly community she has come to love.

Bestselling Irish writer, Faith Hogan, has created another gripping saga of friendship, betrayal and secrets in this story of a widow in search of answers to a shocking confession by her dying...

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This is the second book I have read by Faith Hogan and I loved it - a definite 5 star read for me!

Joy Blackwood is presented with a shocking discovery on the sudden death of her husband. He leaves a painting in his will to Robyn Tessier and she has no idea why but is determined to find out why.

Robyn is finding her way in life by setting up a bookshop in Ballycove - she is shy and needs help to make a go of her new venture. Joy finds herself become embroiled into the life of the village and its inhabitants as she sets out to find out her husband’s secrets.

A tale of friendship, betrayal and secrets. An examination of what family means. A genuine warm hearted story.

To be recommended.

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Another great book from Faith Hogan. Set mainly in Ireland Robyn opens a bookshop but is struggling. In another world Joy’s husband dies and on his deathbed declares he has a daughter. Joy sets off to find her and along the way meets Robyn and her family but how will she explain her reason for her visit. Loveable characters and easy to follow. Thanks to Faith and her publisher. Thanks also to NetGalley.

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A book of two parts. One set in the art world of Paris where a career as an artist is started, a baby is born, one is lost and a couple is formed. Those simple events are then unpicked over the summer in Ireland in a tiny village. tTe characters are great, they have their own hurts, and fears and nerves that shape them and the relationships that they have. The women are strong and fight for what they want, and that isn’t millions, but the joy of a life together painting, running a bookshop and happily retired above a bakers. A lovely lovey tale of friendship and love,

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When Joy's husband is suddenly dying of a heart attack he reveals that he has a daughter in Ireland and he wants her to take a painting to her. Ballycove is a small Irish village and Joy gets roped into helping Robyn run her bookshop and also meets her mother Fern. Lovely book thoroughly enjoyed reading it

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I absolutely loved this book, my favourite read of the year so far. Such a feel good vibe from the book, with the characters so well described I felt like I knew them.

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This is a book about the important things in life. Family (whether actual or found), community, a sense of purpose. A lovely easy read which is both warm hearted and well written. The characters were sympathetic and felt very real. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wished it was longer.

This is the first book I’ve read by Faith Hogan and I definitely plan to check out more of her work.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book to review.

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Firstly, what a lovely cover. It draws you straight into the Bookshop world. A mystery unfolds, when Joy's French husband dies in an accident, having just managed to tell her that he has a daughter, He has left a painting to his daughter, Robyn, and Joy goes to Ireland to deliver it, becoming very involved in helping to promote the bookshop.
This is a lovely book, without being sentimental it draws on the family relationships. Thanks to netGalley for a chance to read and review this book.

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Another fantastic read. When Joy's husband leaves a valuable painting to a young lady in Ireland, as much as she is reeling from a secret he confessed fo her she decides to fly over to Ballycove and deliver the gift as instructed. When she meets Robyn who is struggling to get her bookshop profitable she suddenly finds herself helping out the delightful girl and really starts to get close to her and the rest of the family. A lovely story, warmhearted setting and delightful characters that you really resonate with and I really enjoyed it

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The Bookshop Ladies by Faith Hogan is a fabulous read, it makes you feel good for having read and enjoyed it. It is a story of friendship, also secrets, lies and family. Most of all family in whatever shape you want to make it.
Jo Blackwood is haunted by her husband’s last words to her about a daughter. He sees but then le@ves a painting to this daughter that Jo never knew about.
So she goes to Ireland from France to find her and give her this precious painting. Robyn Tessier, who is living in Ballycove, a small town on the west coast of Ireland, is a very shy retiring young woman, who has no idea that Jo’s husband was her father. Her mother, Fern has never told her.
It is a story of people getting to know each other and becoming friends in the most unlikely situations and becoming a family.
Highly recommended

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This was my first book by this author and won’t be my last. This was a poignant read of how events of the past can shape the future and of the bonds between family and friends and how secrets and betrayal always come out in the end.

This was heartwarming and beautiful read that was heartbreaking at times and set against the beautiful backdrop of Bally cove. I also enjoyed the references to Paris as this is one of my favourite cities and what’s not to love about a book set around a bookshop.

I would love a sequel to this to see where the characters lives go and how the bookshop continues to grow.

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A fabulously enjoyable book. I've enjoyed books by this author before and this was no exception. Full of warm heartedness and feelgood moments to lift the spirits. Delightful characters with a good sense of community and welcoming strangers in their midst. Set in Western Ireland in a close knit coastal village although the book does start in Paris. A wonderful holiday read which will restore one's faith in human nature with strong family and friendships

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Firstly I love this cover and it instantly draws you in. I am a big fan of the authors work and really enjoyed being brought back to Ballycove. Faith Hogan is a wonderful storyteller and this is the perfect summer read. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the chance to read and review this book.

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Captivating and heartwarming this story will make you feel good from the very beginning. Faith Hogan is an amazing storyteller and this book just confirms it once more. I loved being back to Ballycove ( such a pleasure to see a cameo from previous characters, too!) and hope to read more soon!
One of my favourite Irish novelists, most recommended.
Thank you to NetGalley, Aria - Head of Zeus and the author for an early copy.
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This is the first book I have read by Faith Hogan but it definitely won’t be the last as I absolutely loved it.
The story is set in the beautiful setting of Ballycove a small town in Ireland and is all about Robyn Tessier and her bookshop.
The characters were all wonderful and I really felt like I was there with them. My favourite character was Albie.
A 5 star beautiful heart warming story that shows the true meaning of family. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.
Thanks to NetGalley, Aria and Aries and Faith Hogan for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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The Bookshop Ladies is a lovely gentle tale with twists and turns, secrets, guilt and revelations based mainly in Ballycove in Ireland. Hogan has the ability to draw you into her stories and make you care deeply about her characters.

Robyn has taken on the running of a bookshop but has to find the social skills to make it a success. Joy arrives in Ballycove with her own agenda but gets drawn into making the bookshop a success. Robyn’s mother Fern has her own problems and past secrets and she ends up helping the bookshop too. The glue keeping these disparate characters together is the lovely elderly Albie with his pet giant tortoise, Dolly.

I really didn’t want this book to end and feel it lends itself to a continuation of the story in another book. I have now read every Faith Hogan I can find and have never been disappointed.

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Having read a previous book by the author I was looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. The same setting has been used and some of the characters made an appearance but Joy and Robyn were the stars of the book.

The book unfolded with the secrets being kept but all with a good reason and you hoped as the secrets came out the bonds of the friendship weren’t destroyed,

Looking forward to the next book.

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I love Faith Hogan as an author and this is another wonderful book. The characters, setting and plot were very engaging and I devoured the book! A lovely warmhearted story of family and community.

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Faith Hogan has the ability to draw you into her stories and make you care deeply about her characters and that's absolutely true of this one!
I really didn’t want this book to end.

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Faith Hogan takes you on a journey of how secrets and betrayal does not mean the end. It can bring friendship and extended family.

Faith has been able to draw you in and connect with the three leading women (Robyn, Fearn and Joy)!and the developing relationships despite a big secret hiding under the surface.
Teamed this with a charming little struggling bookshop owned by Robyn and the help of Joy they try and turn the bookshop into a success. You have gripped a book lovers heart.

Albie the loveable great uncle who is the glue to the family is like a comfort blanket and warm hugs.

I would 100% recommend and without a doubt read more of Faith’s books.

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What a great read, I loved the way the book evolved and all the characters were written in such a way that they were believable. It was interesting to see how Joy's like became entwined with Robyn and her mum. This is the first book I have read by this author and I am pleased to find there is a back catalogue for me to explore. I would highly recommend this book.

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I have read one of Faith Hogan's other books set in Ballycove and I do love her style of writing. The characters are so true to life as are the situations they find themselves in. You don't need to have read any of her other books to enjoy this one. After losing her art dealer husband, American Joy discovers that he has a daughter she never knew about. Apart from feeling extremely upset and hurt, she sets out to deliver a painting he left to his daughter Robyn in his will. Joy does not not immediately tell the people in Ballycove who she really is so we discover the lives of those closest to Robyn. As Joy becomes a part of the daily life of Ballycove, she finds it so much harder to admit to who she is and why she is there. I loved this book and how the story panned out. I loved how Joy becomes part of the community in Ballycove and the situations presented here are not false or unrealistic. It was one of those books where I couldn't wait to see what happened but then again, didn't want it to end. Thank you so much to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this lovely book.

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This is a really great book to read with lots of sub plots to follow too keeping you hooked in from start to finish and being left with wanting to know just that little bit more...

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Joy and her husband have been in a traffic accident. On the way to hospital Joy’s husband confesses that he has a secret daughter.
Later Joy discovers that he has left a valuable painting in his will to his daughter and Joy travels to Ireland to deliver it in person to the girl.
A feel good story about, secrets, friendships and new beginnings.
Thank you to NetGalley and Head of Zeus Ltd for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I absolutely adored The Bookshop Ladies by Faith Hogan! Such a tender and triumphant story that shows no matter how terrible the past you can start afresh in a new place with new friends and even learn to love those who have done you wrong. Forgiveness is a huge part of this novel’s moral fabric and the best way to work through it. Being open to letting go of those hurts allows for a chance of healing. The story shows well how bitterness, anger and guilt can only drain and damage the ones holding on to it. It can even affect creativity as it did for Robyn’s mother, Fern, a great artist. But yes, it is hard to get to that place. Possibly the only way is meeting the challenge head on by communicating with the person who has caused the injury to your heart. Injury to emotions is painful and Joy has every right to be angry when her husband confesses a truth, just before he passes from a tragic event on his retirement party night.

The sense of betrayal Joy feels after a secret is revealed is understood. But how she ultimately deals with the shock and after-effect is constructive—even if she does not realise what she is doing at first. For her, the natural reaction is to head to Ireland to hand deliver a gift left in her husband’s will. Her plan is to just drop off the painting, meet Robyn, and run back home. But what meets her there is nothing of what she expects: acceptance, love, friendship and an appreciation for her exceptional business promotion skills. The people of Ballycove bring out in her some very positive reactions. She begins to blossom like the beautiful green leaves of spring. And when she meets Robyn in her little bookstore, struggling, she feels compassion towards this innocent girl whose likeness to someone she loved deeply, almost takes her breath away. The longer Joy stays and becomes more involved, the more the betrayal begins to fade. And the warmth of the community wraps itself around her heart and allows her to heal in places she did not even know she needed before. With the loss of her husband and really nothing to keep her in Paris, will she decide to make Ballycove, Ireland her new home?

I felt completely engaged with the characters and could sympathise with each of them for various reasons as this novel seems to level everyone—not elevate any one individual. It shows each person’s humanness: how everyone will make a mistake at one time or another. Which drives a message home to us all. Nobody is perfect: we all do something we regret at some point in our lives. Nobody can truly cast stones at another. But how we deal with those errors and hurts determines our outcome. As seen in The Bookshop Ladies, it is best to confront the issue. And looking at it from another’s perspective can make a difference. Then help your ‘neighbour’ where you can (as Joy did) and this itself often provides release from one’s own pain. The bookshop resurrection was a delightful pathway to restoration from all three ladies and the valuable discoveries within it. This wonderful setting invokes passion and where lives become renewed and pieces of the puzzle are completed.

So, in summary: this is a heart-warming novel with flawed characters who make mistakes but experience restoration. These three women’s journeys (Joy, Fern and Robyn) are beautifully executed. We get to hear from each of them and share in their perspectives. Another great character is Albie. I love how he seems to be the voice of wisdom throughout! His gentle humour, unconditional love and far-reaching understanding provides a lot of cheer and common sense in the story. The settings: Paris and Ballycove are both inspiring. But my heart was truly snatched away by Ireland’s charm when Joy makes her life changing choice. I felt many emotions and by the end I was filled with awe and brimming with satisfaction. I loved this story so much and highly recommend it. This is my second Faith Hogan novel and I will be reading many more! 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Aria and Aries and Netgalley for my review copy.

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Having read several Faith Hogan books before I was delighted to get this ARC and it didn't disappoint. Great book lovely characters, apart from two nasty pieces! Love the way Ballycove is the setting for many of Faiths books yet they stand alone. Definitely be suggesting these books to friends and family

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Who doesn't love a Bookshop?! I certainly do and so I was naturally drawn to a book set in a bookshop, particularly when it was written by the wonderful Faith Hogan and set in Ballycove.

A brilliant tale of friendship, love (complicated and simple!) and embracing the future, even if it doesn't happen as you planned. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 from me and highly recommended.

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As is usually the way with Faith Hogan books The Bookshop Ladies is a very warm hearted and endearing book where characters come together, sometimes initially in adversity and discover peace and a solution to their problems by helping each other and/or others. This book centres around three women. Joy, Robyn and Fern whose lives are connected. Although initially they are unaware of this. The death of Joy's husband and the betrayal of Fern's finds them all gathered in Ballycove on the West Coast of Ireland. A favourite spot of the author in which to set her novels. Other characters from previous novels have cameos in this story but the main narrative involves the three women and Uncle Albie. The book was a pleasure to read. The characters are well rounded, easy to empathise with and totally believable. There was a nice balance of pathos and humour and the final twist was timed exactly right to bring the book to a satisfactory conclusion. I'm very happy to give this book a 5* recommendation.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy. All opinions are my own.

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I do love a Faith Hogan book, and this was no exception. We're back in the beautiful town of Ballycove and this time the story is set in a struggling bookshop, with a little mystery about a painting left to the owner, Robyn.

Robyn is the owner of the bookshop, although her family have owned the whole building for many years. Robyn has always dreamt of owning a bookshop but isn't great with people and is struggling to make her dream viable and the bookshop profitable. Her mother, Fern, is a well known artist and lives in Dublin with her French husband, but ends up back in Ballycove after trouble in her relationship.

Then we have Joy, who had been living in Paris, but has recently lost her husband in a tragic accident, and has travelled to Ballycove to solve a mystery and give a valuable painting to Robyn that her husband left her in his will.

There are a few secrets that people are hiding in this book, mainly Joy by not telling anyone why she is there, but of course Fern too, as she knew Joy's art dealer husband many years ago. But Joy gets sucked into life in Ballcove and ends up working in the bookshop quite by accident, helping Robyn with marketing and making the bookshop very popular.

There were some lovely side characters, the main one being elderly Albie, Robyn's great uncle. He was full of gentle wisdom for everyone and the one that everyone went to for advice. Fern wasn't my favourite character, I found her quite hard to like, but I really loved Joy and Robyn and how their relationship developed. Of course the secrets were eventually revealed and everyone came to accept the past was the past, and they moved on with their lives much happier. In the end everything tends to happen for a reason and Joy found her 'family' in Ballycove. Really lovely book.

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I enjoy Faith Hogans books and this was no exception. I was completely caught up in this warm and engaging story and loved the way it developed. Absolutely recommend this as a great summer read.

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Having enjoyed previous titles from Faith Hogan, I was eager to read this latest offering. This is, yet again a beautiful tale, set in Ireland with easy to get to know characters and a wonderful plot.

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This was my first book by Faith Hogan but it certainly won't be my last! I will be adding her other books to my TBR pile and marking her as a favourite author.

What a gorgeous story this was. I was drawn to it because of the title and picture on the cover. I love bookshops so of course I just had to read about Robyn and her bookshop.

Faith has created such wonderful, real characters that I became to care for very early on. I was totally invested in their lives and laughed and cried along with them.

Love the twists and turns of the story and would love to see a sequel to this to see where everyone ends up.

Thank you to NetGalley and Aria for the digital ARC. All opinions are my own.

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A very enjoyable book that i won’t hesitate to recommend to others. Thanks for the opportunity to read & review it.

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When Joy’s husband dies, she travels to Ireland to meet the step daughter she didn’t know existed.

This is the story of three women:
Joy, an American living in Paris who has been recently widowed and needs a purpose in life.

Robyn, a shy young girl whose dream of owning her own bookshop, is about to come true - but owning the bookshop is just the start; now she has to make it successful.

Fern, Robyn’s mother, a successful artist whose marriage is not what it seems.

The author writes lovely stories with strong characters. This is the story of how these women meet and form an unlikely friendship, in a small Irish village. The village itself and all the minor characters who come and go, are as much a part of the story and I ended up feeling as though I knew them all personally.

I really enjoy Faith Hogan’s books and this one did not disappoint. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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A sweet book about female friendship. Perhaps the plot is a little predictable, but entertaining and a nice read. Set mostly in the West of Ireland, the book centres on Robyn , a young woman who has taken over a bookshop.
I like the characterizations in yhe book, though some of the problems are perhaps too quickly resolved. Certainly entertaining though
Thanks to Net galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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this book had me hooked from cover to cover. everything about it was just so beautiful. I really enjoyed the characters and the depth of the story. so beautifully written.

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I discovered Faith Hogan last year and have read a few now. I really like her writing style.
Joy is returning home with her husband Yves when they are involved in a car crash. As he is being rushed into hospital, his dying words to Joy are 'I have a daughter'.
Joy is shocked.
Yves has left a painting to a woman called Robyn. So Joy sets off to Ballycove in Ireland to track down this mysterious woman.
Robyn has taken over a bookshop. She is quite a shy young woman who lacks many friends. Her best friend is Kian, who she has been in love with forever. Her mother, Fern, has her own marital woes
She returns to Ballycove to get some headspace and decide on her future.
I loved this. I really enjoyed the way the author brought all the characters together, and they really are a lovely bunch. I really liked Albie, full of wisdom.
The ending was a little predictable. I knew straight away who the culprit was. This does not take away the enjoyment of the story.
I really look forward to Ms. Hogan's next book.
Thanks to Netgalley and Aria and Aries for the ARC in return for an honest review.

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