The following is an honest review of Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of Christmas by the Book
Nora and her husband Simon own a cozy, historic bookstore in their small British village. Not only is the bookstore their livelihood it is also their home. They live in the upstairs apartment above the bookstore and have since they were first married over 30 years ago. Although the bookstore holds countless memories for both young and old, it is at risk of holding its last Christmas party. Despite Nora’s best efforts, the bookstore can no longer pay its bills. One day Nora has an idea. She will host a contest in which people can nominate someone in need of a pick-me-up. The winner will get a hand-selected book delivered to their door. Due to so many entries, Nora and Simon decide to select six winners. When each winner receives their book, their life is given just the spark of joy it needs. Even though Nora and Simon have no idea how they’ll save their beloved bookstore, they continue to try their best to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Their efforts don’t go unnoticed and garner a pick-me-up of their own.
Review of Christmas by the Book
If you are looking for the perfect Christmas book about books, look no further! This one contains countless book references that any book lover will appreciate. I love the aesthetic and cozy vibes this book gives. The small, quant village it is set in is full of likable and relatable characters. Nora and Simon are the perfect protagonists of this story and you can’t help but cheer them on as they try to save their bookstore. This has easily become one of my favorite Christmas reads! I gave it 4.5 stars on Goodreads.
Suggested Age Rating for Christmas by the Book
This book contains mild language, heavy topics such as depression, loneliness, and grief. There are also some mild sexual innuendos. Overall I would give this book an age rating of 16+.
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