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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Book Review: the Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from William Morrow, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

Your favorite characters from The Bookshop on the Corner are back...


A grand baronial house on Loch Ness, a quirky small-town bookseller, and a single mom looking for a fresh start all come together in this witty and warm-hearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan.

Desperate to escape from London, single mother Zoe wants to build a new life for herself and her son Hari. She can barely afford the crammed studio apartment on a busy street where honking horns and shouting football fans keep them awake all night. If she doesn’t find a way out soon, Zoe knows it’s just a matter of time before she has a complete meltdown. On a whim, she answers an ad for a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands, which is about as far away from the urban crush of London as possible. It sounds heavenly!

The job description asks for someone capable of caring for two…well, the advertisement says “gifted children”; the reality is more like “feral wolverines.” The children’s widowed father is a wreck, and the kids run wild in a huge tumbledown castle on the heather-strewn banks of Loch Ness. Still, the peaceful, picturesque location is everything London is not—and Zoe rises to the challenges of the job.

With the help of Nina, the friendly local bookseller, Zoe begins to put down roots in the community. Are books, fresh air, and kindness enough to heal this broken family—and her own…?


While not technically a sequel to The Bookshop on the Corner (which I greatly adored), Nina and her hsuband are back as part of this story. the focus is on Zoe and her son Hari, and EVERY single mother will be able to relate to the issues she is having. Their child may not be silent like Hari, but they may empathsize with what she is going through to get him help. When she escapes to Scotland on a whim and a prayer, with no where else to turn, she finds it wasn't quite what she signed on for. But Zoe is made of sterner stuff and soon takes on the wreck of a household, while trying to find her own way.

In what was supposed to be Zoe's chance to breathe and recoup, turns into HER being the salvation and fresh air that her employer's family needed. Together they help each other heal from their broken pasts and see what the future might just hold for them.If they can survive a storm and its consequences. And the auspicious arrival of Nina's baby! 

This is a cozy book, and you may just find yourself reading late into the night, not wanting to leave the shores of Loch Ness until the book ends! AND wanting to run to Loch Ness as soon as you!

about the author:

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the CornerLittle Beach Street Bakery, and Christmas at the Cupcake CafĂ©. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland. Visit her website, https://www.jennycolgan.com for more info

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