The first chapter…

Hello! We are Asher and Laura.
Darling Reads was born from a mutual love of books and a desire to see a bookshop remain on Horbury High Street. When we heard the news that Rickaro Books (the local bookshop that has been a part of the village since 2001) was closing, a hypothetical conversation over coffee (and the chaos of babies!) turned into a whirlwind two weeks of phone calls, spreadsheets and the not-so-hypothetical reality of starting a business!
The name was easy enough as ‘Darling’ and ‘Read’ were our maiden names, but what we had never reckoned on was a pandemic stalling our plans. We were due to open on 2nd May 2020, but nearly one month on we’re still not quite sure when we’ll actually be able to say ‘We’re open!’.
Behind the scenes the shop has needed an electrics overhaul, a new boiler and gas meter, as well as a general spruce up. Luckily we have managed to get our name out there via social media and have been overwhelmed by the support we have received so far – so thank you!
Once we do open we obviously have to consider how to keep our customers (and ourselves!) safe in the current climate so the practicalities of social distancing will be something that we will be taking very seriously.
If you haven’t already done so please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with our latest developments.
While we are working on our online shop you can also place orders by messaging us through our social media pages or via our get in touch page.
Stay tuned folks!
Asher and Laura
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Current reads …
Asher – The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Laura – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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