Title: Love Around The Corner: A New Milton Novella
Author: Sally Malcolm
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 29, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 117
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Real life enemies.
Alfie Carter grew up in New Milton, caring for his sick father and keeping their auto repair shop on its feet. He’s touchy about his poor education and doesn’t take kindly to snide remarks from the town’s prickly bookstore owner—no matter how cute he looks in his skinny jeans. Leo Novak’s new life as owner of Bayside Books is floundering. And he could do without the town’s gorgeous, moody mechanic holding a grudge against him after an unfortunate—and totally not his fault— encounter last Christmas.
Left to run the family business alone, Alfie spends his lonely evenings indulging his secret passion for classic fiction and chatting online with witty, romantic ‘LLB’ as they fall in love over literature. Leo’s still reeling from a bad breakup and struggling to make friends in New Milton, so seeks comfort instead in his blossoming online romance with thoughtful, bookish ‘Camaro89’.
But as the holidays approach, ‘LLB’ and ‘Camaro89’ are planning to meet, and realities are about to collide…
Two lonely men, destined for each other—if only they knew it.
Oh, I loved this little Christmas novella, which takes plot elements from the 1940 movie “Shop Around the Corner” with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, about “two employees at a leather goods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!) And of course, “You’ve Got Mail” was based on this movie as well, with Tom Hanks’ little bookstore called “The Shop Around the Corner.”
So anyhoo, this is a gentle story about two lonely men in New Milton (the setting for Malcom’s other excellent books “A Perfect Day” and “Between the Lines”) who meet on an online book blog and become friends and rapidly something more. The tale is wildly romantic, and heartbreaking and ultimately full of love and second chances. It is simply glorious. 5 stars.