The Bookshop on Riverside Drive (Bokhandeln på Riverside Drive)

Frida Skybäck


Rights sold

Sweden: LB Förlag

Germany: Insel

Charlotte is too young to be a widow, too young to loose her loved one. In her lost state she takes a break from her successful business and seeks for peace and quite on the countryside. But one day she receives an unexpected notice, she has inherited a house in London from an aunt she barely knew existed. And the building is housing a bookshop.

Determined to sell the house Charlotte flies to England, where the bookshop on Riverside is nearly bankrupted and the eccentric staff seems beyond rescue. But even though Charlotte doesn't know a thing about running a bookshop she soon feels a connection to the reluctant staff.

Whilst Charlotte struggles to rescue the bookshop she realizes that something isn't right. How come she never met her aunt? And what dark secrets are hidden in the house?

The Bookshop on Riverside Drive is a warm, charming and hopeful feel good novel about how a house full of books, a random group of strangers and a bitter old male cat can help someone start a new chapter in life.


256  pages




“The Bookshop on Riverside Drive by Frida Skybäck is a charming and warm feel-good novel of the best sort! … I love books about books and a novel that takes place in a bookshop just can’t go wrong. When the person who has written the book also loves both books and London it’s a knock-out” – Ulejo Book blogg


"The Riverside Bookshop is a really charming story about love and sorrow, seasoned with entertaining literary references. Absolutely Frida Skybäck’s best novel yet! The characters are believable, endearing and colourful enough to catch the reader’s attention. The London scenery is beautifully described and Frida Skybäck’s ability to illustrate a bookshop filled with enchanting reading experiences that have been lost in time is one of the main strengths of the book. To everyone that loves to read this is like finding a hidden treasure. In addition, there are many other pleasant features that enhances the reading experience: a shop cat, coffee and great cakes, antique furniture and, of course, all of the books."

-Johanna Wistedt, reviewer Amelia


"Adorably good and with a completely original twist. About sisterhood, betrayal and finding a place to heal."


"For everyone who loves to read this book was like finding a hidden treasure chest. There are so many nice details that enhances the reading experience such as: a cat, coffee, cookies, antique furniture and of course all the books inside the bookshop. The Bookshop on Riverside Drive is a charming story about both love and grief and spiced with entertaining references from the literary world." 4/5

- Johannas deckarhörna, book blog


"The Bookshop on Riverside Drive is a feel-good novel that will get all anglophiles and book geeks going, a book that inspires both travelling and reading and that makes you dream about inheriting a bookshop in London."

-I Hyllan, Book blog


"Wow! Feel good in a bookshop setting can never go wrong! I just love The Riverside Bookshop! Delightful scenery and great characters. 6 out of 6 stars."



"Oh, what a cosy book Frida Skybäck has written! England, books, a bookshop, friendship and love … could it get any better?"

-Boklusens bokblogg


"What lovely reading this was! A real cosy feel good that takes place in a bookshop in London, only that is wonderful! It’s an exciting story that alternates between the past and the present, filled with secrets, love and several delightful characters and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more contemporary novels from Frida."

-Books by Tess


"A charming and well-written novel about tough decisions, relationships, friends and the longing to find your roots. If you like Nora Robert’s novels about proactive and industrious women and movies like ”You’ve got Mail” and ”Notting Hill” this is a book for you."
-Agneta Norrgård, reviewer at SVT’s Go'kväll


"A completely wonderful book for anglophiles and book lovers, a real page-turner."

-Hanneles bokparadis


"I love Frida Skybäck’s earlier historical novels, but she masters other genres too. This is a really cosy book about my favourite things – books, love and secrets. Absolutely 5 out of 5."



"A book with the word bookshop in its title makes you hope for a reading experience out of the ordinary and I was certainly not disappointed! The language is good and the plot constantly moves forward. I quickly discovered that The Riverside Bookshop is a real feel-good-novel that you are more than happy to read in one go, lying on your sofa with a big pot of tea. I really feel the joy, warmth, friendship and love develop between the characters of the book. This will probably be a novel that I take the time to read again (which I rarely do due to lack of time!) because it’s simply that good and a great pleasure to read. This is exactly what a feel good novel should be like when it’s really, really good."

- Romance på svenska


Author photo by Emil Malmborg

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