Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Happy Release Day!!! eARC Review: Angel In A Book Shop by RJ Scott

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an
infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

Angel In A Book Shop
by R.J. Scott 
Date of Publication: December 12th 2014 by Love Lane Books Limited
What happens when a broken man has to trust in the impossible?
Chapter One is an antique book shop and is the last tangible thing Joshua Blakeman and his mom have left of his father. Nestled in a quiet square a few steps from London's St Paul’s Cathedral, it is boarded up with whitewashed windows and no new stock. The place is a sad reminder of loss and it has to go, but destroying a business that has been in his family for generations is not a role Josh is looking forward to.
Michael is the owner of Arts Desire, the shop next door. With his rainbow pride mugs and his sunny outlook, he is the complete opposite of what Josh thinks he needs in his life.
But, when Josh and Michael become friends, Josh learns that finding true love starts with making big decisions—and that everyone deserves their own Christmas miracle sometimes. 
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I don't really know what to say about this Christmas story from RJ Scott. I cannot call it sweet, but it is. I cannot call it heartwarming, but it surely is. I cannot call it a heart wrenching romance either. But. It. Is.

In short: This is a Scott book I cannot seem to get off my mind. I keep thinking about it and its been days since I read this. I mean... Look at that cover. It's a bookshop filled with shelves groaning from the weight of books. If that is not enough to send me to heaven (I just love book shops, don't you?) there are the two men: Joshua and Michael.  The glasses, I have a weak-on-the-knees reaction every time I look up and see the glasses. The shop and glasses combination sent me to dreamland first time I got a peek of that cover. As for the read itself? Let's just say this: Angel In A Bookshop is an incredibly touching story about how the loss of hope and faith can be found once again with the right person beside you. 

We have Josh who lost it all because of a mistake. He trusted the wrong person and he not only loses his credibility and his job, he also managed to lose something his mother trusted him with. His fight to survive the aftershock of that betrayal nearly crippled him but he persevered. This fight is extended to Chapter One, his father's book shop. Josh now has to make a decision to either sell out or not. First, he must sort through his father's shop and find out what he could do to make it presentable. In the process, he discovers this shop meant a lot to more people than Josh knew about and the books! Wow, the books are not just run of the mill, commercially published books. The shop sold rare books and clients patiently waited for word. Josh has to do this now and realizes, he may just need more coffee.

Michael is the shop-owner next door. He is Josh's savior: he brought with him the perfect cup of coffee. As the two men get to know each other and become friends, we readers come to realize that Michael is not really who or what he seems to be. Yes, he was the coffee-bearing-angel but is he really just that? 

This is the story of Josh and Michael who find each other and find 'the one' who will stick it out with them for the rest of their days, through thick and thin, through illness and in health. But it is also the story of Josh's mother who lost the love of her life at this time the previous year. Josh finds Michael, and found himself in the process. His mother finds hope as well, and is surprised by it. So yes, this is a Christmas story with secret twists and turns but it does send the message of hope and love. And it works. Beautifully.


  1. Thank you. Just... Thank you. Xxx

  2. Great holiday story... that is the best adjective I could think up right now, but its better than great. This one, it sticks.