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The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan @jennycolgan @StephiElise #bookshopontheshore #bookreview #summerreads #beachreads

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Sphere 13th June 2019 (Hardback)

Book Description

This summer, escape to the Scottish Highlands where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch…

Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves in London where she is raising her four-year-old boy, Hari, who has selective mutism.  When the landlord raises the rent on their flat, Zoe doesn’t know where to turn.

Hari’s aunt offers a possible solution when she suggests Zoe move to Scotland to help run a bookshop in the Highlands.  Here, her path crosses that of Ramsay Urquart, a widower and antiquarian bookseller who has a band of children he can’t quite manage.  Can two hurt and struggling people help heal one another?

Set to be the perfect holiday companion for any book lover, this is the unmissable new heartwarming, funny, emotional read from Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan.

My Thoughts

An enjoyable romantic comedy with themes drawn from The Sound of Music, but the age old love story never grows tired and Colgan has written an engaging read that’s perfect for relaxing on the beach.

With a cast of interesting characters, even the trickiest were likeable and without saying the story was predictable, there was a real sense of the direction this was going, which was perfect for the chick lit genre.

Written in the 3rd person throughout, Zoe, the main protagonist doesn’t have it easy.  I found myself rooting for her.  A couple of tense moments gave the book depth, as did some difficult themes woven into the story, which I must say were handled sensitively.

Overall a light read with a decent plot and strong characters making the story easy to follow.  A book about a mobile bookshop is always going to appeal to a book lover and I found myself slightly envious of Nina, the owner of the book van who knows her customer’s reading preferences so well that she selects their books for them and they buy them, just on the basis of her recommendation.  Dream job or what?

Great beach reading that whetted my appetite for more chick lit and more Jenny Colgan!

Thank you so much to Stephanie Melrose at Sphere Books (Little Brown UK) for sending me a finished copy of this book.  Very much appreciated.

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and Little Beach Street Bakery, which are published by Sphere.  Meet me at the Cupcake Café won the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy romance 2012 and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.  For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @jennycolgan

 

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