#BlogTour – Review – True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


51XCbRkhlRLIt’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good job, four bossy sisters and a needy cat must also have want of her one true love.  Or is it?

Verity Love – Jane Austen fangirl and an introvert in a world of extroverts – is perfectly happy on her own (thank you very much), and her fictional boyfriend Peter is very useful for getting her out of unwanted social events.  But when a case of mistaken identity forces her to introduce a perfect stranger as her boyfriend, Verity’s life suddenly becomes much more complicated.

Johnny could also use a fictional girlfriend.  Against Verity’s better judgement, he persuades her to partner up for a summer season of weddings, big number birthdays and garden parties, with just one promise – not to fall in love with each other…


It is my stop on the blog tour today for True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop and it is a pleasure to introduce to you a book that was a real palate cleanser for me.  As you can tell by my latest reviews, I have read a lot of gritty crime recently so it was nice to tuck into a novel that I didn’t have to think too much about, and for once I could have my head in the clouds a little bit.

Verity’s boyfriend is perfect in every single way, even her friends swoon at the thought of him, but there is just one slight complication, Peter Hardy is a figment of Verity’s imagination. Created by way of getting her friends off her back for not having a boyfriend.  Verity doesn’t even want to be in a relationship anyway so why won’t everyone just leave her alone?!  She has come to the conclusion that she is going to have to kill Peter off, but her friends being as nosy as they are, decide to follow her one day.  This leads to Verity being thrown out of her comfort zone and sit with a complete stranger with the intention of pretending to her friends that this man is Peter Hardy.  As luck would have it, he goes along with this funny little situation but in a completely unexpected way; he pretends that he is the “other man” in Verity’s life – hilarious, right?!  Could this be a relationship in the making?!  I sure hope so.

Verity in a nutshell is quiet, undemanding and would do anything for an easy life.  She is in love with her job and her greedy cat, and the little things seem to please her the most like her Friday night routine of attending her local Italian restaurant and ordering a glass or two of red wine, and a dish of crispy topped cheesy lasagna.  Annie Darling has created an adorable character that bookworms will love.  Verity is laugh out loud and could easily be anyone’s best friend.

This is the second book in a series however, I haven’t read the first one yet, but nor did I need to (this doesn’t mean I won’t though!).  True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop can be comfortably read as a standalone.  It is the perfect piece of escapism that we all need once in a while.

Annie Darling writes a funny, beautiful, cozy little tale that is perfect to snuggle up with on the sofa sipping that obligatory cup of tea (or glass of wine!).  This story will have you smiling until the end.  It will make your heart feel a little lighter, and life a little brighter.

Thank you to Harper Collins and Netgalley for providing me with an e-copy of this sweet little book in return for my opinion on this blog tour.  It is the perfect feel-good book, a lovely summer read, so why not give it a try?!

My final word: Adorable.

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