Book Review: The Bookshop Of Forgotten Dreams


Sarah and Max should never have met. She’s a shy bookworm who’s barely ever left her little village; he’s a bad boy actor with the world at his feet. But when Max crosses one line too many, he’s faced with community service in Sarah’s bookshop.

With an unruly theatre group to run and a gorgeous, tattooed stranger under her roof, Sarah’s about to discover that real life is more complicated than anything she’s ever read in her beloved books…


Max is a French film actor with anger management issues. When his temper takes him too far, his friend offers a solution: to do community service under house arrest at a friends bookshop in his tiny hometown. It’s either that or prison, so he doesn’t have much choice. At first he is angry and resentful toward bookshop owner Sarah. She is extremely shy and nervous to be sharing her home with tattooed and angry Max, but she needs help with repairs to the shop to keep her business afloat. As time goes on and she sees that his attitude is more to keep people away, she grows more attracted to him. But how can a relationship work when her whole life and livelihood is in this tiny town and he needs to be in Paris for his film career?

It seemed as if he was analysing her in every way possible in order to seduce Sarah that’s how it seemed like it was a game for him and then for him to suddenly change.
This book was just an ok read for me. Translated from French, I think some things just didn’t translate well. The idea that someone that shy and nervous would accept living in close quarters with a complete stranger, friend of a friend or not, seems implausible to me. I did love Sarah’s love of books, stuffing her cozy bookshop to the rafters and beyond. It really seems like someplace I’d really love to visit.

3/5 Stars

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