The Fully Booked Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.

Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Fully Booked Bookshop, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.

Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.

Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.

But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…

As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.

Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…

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Author Bio – Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.
Kiley also works as a senior lecturer, teaching creative writing at the Manchester Writing School. One Winter’s Night is shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.

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Hi everyone,

today, I’m reviewing a book by Kiley Dunbar, ‘The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday’. If you’ve ever wished to run your own bookshop, which a lot of us readers do, then this book is for you. When I read the synopsis, I was already hooked. 

In the book we follow our main character, Jude, on her adventures of running a bookshop along with a handsome Elliot. Not only that but the bookshop is in the perfect little village, Clove Lore. You know by now that I’m a sucker for small villages and romance stories. It seems to be the perfect combination for me. If you add books and baking into the mix, you’ve gotten my attention. And this book seems to have covered it all. 

What also surprised me nicely was the LGBTQ+ representation and Jude being a curvy woman. Yes, literature is opening up to having more curvy heroines in the books but it isn’t often the case in the romance genre, I feel like. Unless, she loses weight to get a man. So Kiley has won a big plus with it. I felt seen and I felt like I was being represented in this book. 

The only reason why I am not giving it full 5 stars is because the beginning was a bit slow for me. Other than that; I’ve enjoyed this book a lot. Since we are still in the crazy times, make sure to pick up this book if you’ve ever dreamed of running your own bookshop. It is a perfect summer read and it will give you an opportunity to escape your real life for at least a bit. Let yourself be Jude in the book. 

Thanks to Rachel for the invite.

Love and light,


Rating: 4,5 out of 5

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