I was able to read Penelope Fitzgerald's The Book Shop a couple of months ago. For me, I loved it mainly for two reasons. 1) How wonderfully written it is, and 2) The overall 'ambiance' and feel of the story and its settings. The latter, is what inspired this post. However, I do have to admit, this is not your typical novel at all, and I don't think it's for everyone. Personally, I loved it.
I decided not to write an actual review for this English/Contemporary Fiction novel. Instead, I thought it was more appropriate to create a photo-filled 'Inspiration' post -- full of images of lovely book shops and book stores that made me think of its story. The Book Shop is set in 1959, where Florence Green opens the only bookshop in the seaside town of Hardborough. The townspeople are conservative and reserved and thinks that the business is simply impractical. But Florence is eager to make her business a success, despite the fact that over time, she begins to realize that 'a town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one.'