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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 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 three “gifted children”, two of which behave 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…?


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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 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 three “gifted children”, two of which behave 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…?

30 review for The Bookshop on the Shore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    Jenny colgan books are always like a massive hug in book form. The kind of hug that you desperately need and when you get that hug everything is made that little bit better and that little bit more brighter. I absolutely loved this amazing book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Goodreads giveaway win! This book just wasn't for me. Jenny Colgan is a very popular author so if you love her books I'm sure you'll love this one too. The Bookshop on the Shore did nothing for me. This book is over 400 pages and I could have gotten the same story in 130 pages. Nothing happens in this book, I'm sure if I really searched I could find the plot but I just don't care enough to look for it. All the characters were either boring or annoying. I didn't care about anything that happened t Goodreads giveaway win! This book just wasn't for me. Jenny Colgan is a very popular author so if you love her books I'm sure you'll love this one too. The Bookshop on the Shore did nothing for me. This book is over 400 pages and I could have gotten the same story in 130 pages. Nothing happens in this book, I'm sure if I really searched I could find the plot but I just don't care enough to look for it. All the characters were either boring or annoying. I didn't care about anything that happened to them. This book isn't bad it just wasn't for me. I enjoy books with plots and interesting characters. I found neither in this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    There was apparently a serious lack of proofreading before this book went to press. Starting in chapter 2 and continuing on steadily throughout there were extra words in sentences and other errors (even use of the wrong character’s name) that disrupted the flow of this lovely book. A book so heavily advertised should have at least had a read through! I have never seen so many errors in published writing. That being said, I really enjoyed the characters and storyline of this book even more than Bo There was apparently a serious lack of proofreading before this book went to press. Starting in chapter 2 and continuing on steadily throughout there were extra words in sentences and other errors (even use of the wrong character’s name) that disrupted the flow of this lovely book. A book so heavily advertised should have at least had a read through! I have never seen so many errors in published writing. That being said, I really enjoyed the characters and storyline of this book even more than Bookshop on the Corner. Zoe is such a plucky and hopeful character. The writing was fine, but the basic errors were very distracting and while it was a story I would read again (and I bought the book, so I could), unfortunately because of the errors I wouldn’t. It makes for an unsatisfying reading experience.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The title with the word bookshop drew me to this novel, but it is not about a bookshop. (A bookmobile plays a fairly minor role here) It turned out to be a decent comfort read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessaka

    I am a sucker for a book that says “The Bookshop... " After all, bookshops are were us readers love to spen our time, and I have been in quite a few in my life, loving the old used bookstores best. Forget Barnes & Noble and other modern stores; I like quaint. Well, this book was supposed to be about a bookshop on the shore. Very little time is spent in the bookshop, and I have no idea what the shore has to do with this book. The audio book was narrated by a British woman, which made me think of th I am a sucker for a book that says “The Bookshop... " After all, bookshops are were us readers love to spen our time, and I have been in quite a few in my life, loving the old used bookstores best. Forget Barnes & Noble and other modern stores; I like quaint. Well, this book was supposed to be about a bookshop on the shore. Very little time is spent in the bookshop, and I have no idea what the shore has to do with this book. The audio book was narrated by a British woman, which made me think of the British voices in “Doc Martin” or even “Last of the Summer wine.” So, I gave it a try, just because her voice was charming, as was she. But, at seven hours into this13 hour book I was bored. Zooey, the main character in this book, lived in an apartment in London with her mute child, Harry, but due to circumstances, she is being kicked out. A friend of hers gets her a job in Scotland and asks her to also sell books out of her book mobile while she, herself, is in the hospital. So, Zooey packs up and moves to Scotland, moving into a very large house to care for this man’s children. Aha, I thought, another nanny story like those I read in my youth, like those that I grew bored of reading by the time I was 22. Only, unlike those books, she doesn’t think that the man could be dangerous or even evil. Yet she sees shadows. Ghosts? Maybe later in the book she will become suspicious since his wife disappeared. Maybe his wife is the ghost. But 10 hours into this book there is no more mention of a ghost that she thought she saw in the beginning. The man, Ramsey, is very tall with huge hands. He is so tall that he ducks down when entering a room so he won’t bump his head. . I And then she is wishing that he would put his “large hands” all over her body. And I am realizing that I am not a 16-year old that can’t wait to turn the page. I want to be reading Paul Theroux’s new book on his traveling by car in Mexico, which was something that a friend and I had done at least 3 times in the 80s. And I just know that he will put Mexico down all the time, but at the same time it sounds much more interesting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Zoe’s a single mom with no money living in London. Her son’s father never seems to have money to help, so when she gets a job offer in Scotland as a nanny and a bookseller, she takes 4 year old Hari, who has never spoken, to the remote Scottish village. Much to her chagrin, she learns that the children have gone through at least 6 nannies in the recent past, and are determined to be rid of the 7th as soon as they can. Jenny Colgan is a great storyteller, and I enjoyed reading about Zoe’s adventu Zoe’s a single mom with no money living in London. Her son’s father never seems to have money to help, so when she gets a job offer in Scotland as a nanny and a bookseller, she takes 4 year old Hari, who has never spoken, to the remote Scottish village. Much to her chagrin, she learns that the children have gone through at least 6 nannies in the recent past, and are determined to be rid of the 7th as soon as they can. Jenny Colgan is a great storyteller, and I enjoyed reading about Zoe’s adventures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    I always look forward to reading a Jenny Colgan book as it’s always a lovely read. This one was no exception it had all the elements that I love and they are always I her books. Although this was a large book I flew through the pages and read it very quickly. It was full of the usual highs and lows but it always finishes on a high. Every book I’ve read of hers is a joy to read and I always look forward to reading her next one when it is out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Zoe is a single mother living in London. She is struggling to make ends meet, and wants a better life for her and her son, Hari. With some help from Surinder, Hari's father's sister, Zoe gets an opportunity in the Scottish Highlands. Zoe will work as a nanny for a single father of three and will run Nina's bookmobile while Nina is on bedrest during her pregnancy. Some familiar faces from The Bookshop on the Corner - Nina, Surinder, and Lennox - are in this book, but this is very much Zoe's story. Zoe is a single mother living in London. She is struggling to make ends meet, and wants a better life for her and her son, Hari. With some help from Surinder, Hari's father's sister, Zoe gets an opportunity in the Scottish Highlands. Zoe will work as a nanny for a single father of three and will run Nina's bookmobile while Nina is on bedrest during her pregnancy. Some familiar faces from The Bookshop on the Corner - Nina, Surinder, and Lennox - are in this book, but this is very much Zoe's story. Zoe is at her wits' end and needs a fresh start. She takes a big leap of faith with relocating to Scotland. She doesn't know anyone there, and she's not really sure what to expect from the town, the people, or the jobs she has accepted. For the move, Zoe accepts two jobs. Her position as a nanny provides housing for her and her son. She's working for a man who is mostly absent from his kid's lives, and Zoe starts to make some changes in their home life. Bringing order, laughter, and joy into their house, she makes a home. The second job is to run Nina's bookmobile while Nina is on bedrest. This one gets Zoe out and amongst the local, but she soon learns everyone relies on Nina for book recommendations, and isn't too keen on a newcomer. For the book van to keep making money, Zoe makes some changes and puts her touch on the bookshop. An enjoyable and light read about a young mother wanting to change her life. Zoe is a likable character. She has a good heart, she works hard, and she puts her son first. Zoe does have a difficult time fitting in with the locals, but she stands her ground and finds her place. A heartwarming story with quirky characters. Family life, romance, and humor combine into an enjoyable read, sure to delight fans of The Bookshop on the Corner.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Do you ever just completely forget to post a review? Because SAME. I read this over my vacation back in early July and thought it was adorable and I just now realized I never shared my thoughts 😳 This was charming, sweet and cozy with a fantastic setting and a cast of quirky supporting characters. My first Jenny Colgan book but definitely not my last, I can see myself turning to one of her books when I want something comforting and light.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    4.5 Stars. This book totally surprised me. I went into this one thinking it was a cute summer romance with a ditsy woman who loved books, boy was I wrong. Jenny Colgan has introduced us to a family in chaos. Zoe packs up and heads to Scotland with her four year old son Hari, from busy London to become a nanny for a family with three children. What she did not expect were the issues this family has and still is dealing with. She also works part-time driving the local bookmobile when the owner is 4.5 Stars. This book totally surprised me. I went into this one thinking it was a cute summer romance with a ditsy woman who loved books, boy was I wrong. Jenny Colgan has introduced us to a family in chaos. Zoe packs up and heads to Scotland with her four year old son Hari, from busy London to become a nanny for a family with three children. What she did not expect were the issues this family has and still is dealing with. She also works part-time driving the local bookmobile when the owner is put on bedrest during the end of her pregnancy. What happens is a wonderful, sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, but always entertaining story. The Bookshop plays and important part in the story, not only adding funds to Zoe's coffers, but getting both her and Hari out of the huge estate home. She meets some great characters along the way, who come to her rescue by the end of the book, as well as helping her to fit in and feel like her and Hari finally have a home. The children drove me crazy at the beginning of the book, but as I got to know more about them, as well as the circumstances of the family, I wanted to reach out and pull them to my breast. There was also a lot of humour to offset the darker, sadder spots in the book. The chicken scenes are hilarious. The descriptions of the land and the people, that are included in the book, made we want to get on a plane and head off to Scotland. Having visited the Loch Ness area a couple of years ago, I definitely felt that I needed to go back and visit again, the real Scotland. Although it's a romance, I love how she touched on mental health issues in such a sensitive way, and tackled the different family structural dynamics we grow up in and how they affect us. This book had my emotions all over the place, what a great experience when reading this story. Jenny Colgan did a wonderful job with this story and I will be looking for more from this author. I listened to the audio book of this story and loved the experience. The narrator, Eilidh Beaton did a wonderful job performing this story, with the many and varied voices. From little children to older men with thick brogues, I connected to these characters. Some of the voices were a bit close together, but most were easily distinguishable. The expressions, intonation and pacing were right on and pulled me into this story. I will be adding Eilidh Beaton to my list of narrators to watch for. I received a copy of this audio book from the publisher upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    For my full review, visit me here at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... When I saw this book approaching my hands, ready to be devoured, I was so excited. I have had many positive experiences reading a Jenny Colgan novel, and this was no exception. I loved this book on many levels and I could not put it down. In fact, I am a little sad that it is now finished! For my full review, visit me here at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... For my full review, visit me here at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... When I saw this book approaching my hands, ready to be devoured, I was so excited. I have had many positive experiences reading a Jenny Colgan novel, and this was no exception. I loved this book on many levels and I could not put it down. In fact, I am a little sad that it is now finished! For my full review, visit me here at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...

  12. 5 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    (free review copy) Dare I say.....my new favorite Jenny Colgan? I have yet to meet a world of hers that hasn’t utterly enchanted me and this return to Loch Ness and the traveling book shop utterly enchanted me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    OMG I loved this book, I just was so annoyed when it ended, the best kind of annoyed though. I have read this every spare minute I had, I love this kind of book magic that draws me into a story. It often surprised a laugh out of me. It often had me worrying over the outcome for characters. There are some serious issues that are explored. Zoe brings her own brand of book beliefs to the blue van while Nina is busy holed up in a hospital bed. She brings her own brand of being a nanny to three "lost" OMG I loved this book, I just was so annoyed when it ended, the best kind of annoyed though. I have read this every spare minute I had, I love this kind of book magic that draws me into a story. It often surprised a laugh out of me. It often had me worrying over the outcome for characters. There are some serious issues that are explored. Zoe brings her own brand of book beliefs to the blue van while Nina is busy holed up in a hospital bed. She brings her own brand of being a nanny to three "lost" children and she is a wonderful mother to her own. Set in Scotland - in a big house like a castle. Some time I hope I'll hear this on audio because I am sure would be wonderful with the right narrator. LOVED IT.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    It was an enjoyable read up until the ending. I felt like I was dropped off the side of a building. There were many serious issues the author chose to handle which added tremendous depth to the story. However, they were dropped for a sweet pat finish that unfortunately ended up trivializing the plot and making the characters unlikable. From the father who basically ignored his children, to the single mother who let everyone walk all over her, I kept hoping these two would grow into characters wo It was an enjoyable read up until the ending. I felt like I was dropped off the side of a building. There were many serious issues the author chose to handle which added tremendous depth to the story. However, they were dropped for a sweet pat finish that unfortunately ended up trivializing the plot and making the characters unlikable. From the father who basically ignored his children, to the single mother who let everyone walk all over her, I kept hoping these two would grow into characters worth reading about. But, they didn't. I'm also not sure what the status is for a common law wife in Scotland. Did the book just end on an adulterous relationship that we're supposed to feel good about? (Not trying to judge, but definitely not my cuppa. At least, not in chick-lit) Also, when did Nina (The Bookshop on the Corner) turn into such a shrew? I liked her in the first book, but she was a pain in the "arse" in this one. Hari and Patrick were definitely the stars of the show. Everything else paled in comparison.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    Single mother Zoe is desperately struggling to make ends meet in London. Her 4-year-old son Hari is perfect, except for the fact he doesn’t speak – at all. When Zoe’s landlord raises the rent on her dismal studio flat, she realises she has nowhere to turn. When an opportunity for not one but two jobs arises in Scotland, Zoe decides this could be the change she desperately needs. Faced with her new boss Ramsay, and his 3 unruly children, Zoe begins to wonder if she’s made a terrible mistake. But th Single mother Zoe is desperately struggling to make ends meet in London. Her 4-year-old son Hari is perfect, except for the fact he doesn’t speak – at all. When Zoe’s landlord raises the rent on her dismal studio flat, she realises she has nowhere to turn. When an opportunity for not one but two jobs arises in Scotland, Zoe decides this could be the change she desperately needs. Faced with her new boss Ramsay, and his 3 unruly children, Zoe begins to wonder if she’s made a terrible mistake. But the Highlands have a way of getting under your skin and in her heart, Zoe doesn’t know whether she could ever leave. Firstly, I would like to start this review by mentioning the foreword from the author. I am not a great reader of this section usually, but I find Colgan fills hers with as much fun and wit as the rest of the book. However, this particular piece really sat with me, especially this line: “If you read…It means there are more heads to be in, more lives to be lived than simply your own.” I have loved books my whole life, having started reading from an early age, books hold some of my fondest memories. One of which is snuggling down at bedtime next to my mum for a chapter of the next great adventure. As an only child and being quite introverted, I found that by devouring stories I could live exciting journeys to faraway lands from the comfort of my home. Even now as an adult following my own adventures, and being slightly less introverted, the feeling of joy that comes from meeting new characters and discovering new places has never diminished. The sheer love of books is what ultimately shines through in this story, and that’s a plot I can wholeheartedly get behind! Colgan instantly transports the reader to the Scottish Highlands in this new book, with her delectable descriptions and faultless writing style. This is a skill I admire, and find in very few authors, the ability to show you a place/environment rather than telling you. I could clearly see and feel the haar in the mornings and the late afternoon sunshine glittering on the loch. The characters have such a mishmash of personalities, that they all brought something different to the story. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to warm to Zoe, but once she arrived in Scotland, I found myself liking her more and more. I think she just needed some gumption! Ramsay made me angry at first, but he grew on me as we discovered more about his life, and the children were all hilarious in their own ways. Unfortunately, the only person I disliked in this book was Nina. She always seemed ungrateful and I found that grated on me throughout. I am happy that this title was more than the boy meets girl story typical of this genre. There was a thin veil of mystery that gave this book an edge over its peers, and it was highly enjoyable. ** Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group (UK), via NetGalley, for this ARC ** For more reviews, please visit: https://twiabblog.wixsite.com/theworl...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Her books can be a bit predictable, but when I'm looking for a damsel in distress rescued by a handsome prince, and a fun book to listen to that won't require a lot of concentration while I'm doing something else, these books are perfect. And the Scottish setting on the shore of Loch Ness was a nice bonus! This would make a great beach read too. Audiobook by Fiona Hardingham, also nicely done.

  17. 4 out of 5

    My_Strange_Reading

    DNF. 50% I'm so bummed after I absolutely LOVED Bookshop on the Corner, but this story feels very threadbare and doesn't really flow. All the characters feel two dimensional and don't really seem to have much depth. Such a disappointment. 💔

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally906

    I really enjoyed Zoe’s story. This story takes up just after The Bookshop on the Corner finished. The MC of that one, Nina, is pregnant and on an enforced bed rest. Circumstances lead to Londoner, and single mum, Zoe travelling to Scotland to take over the travelling Bookshop and become an au pair for 3 very unruly and problematic children whose mother has left them and father is not coping. I didn’t like Nina as much in this book, she was a minor character this time - Zoe had a different book se I really enjoyed Zoe’s story. This story takes up just after The Bookshop on the Corner finished. The MC of that one, Nina, is pregnant and on an enforced bed rest. Circumstances lead to Londoner, and single mum, Zoe travelling to Scotland to take over the travelling Bookshop and become an au pair for 3 very unruly and problematic children whose mother has left them and father is not coping. I didn’t like Nina as much in this book, she was a minor character this time - Zoe had a different book selling style but still sold gangbusters. Nina supposed to the hearts of her customers and Zoe went for their needs. Neither were wrong but Nina got quite stroppy, which I thought was a bit horrible. As well as fending off Nina, Zoe had her own little boy who doesn’t speak, and the 3 disturbed kids she is nannying which has a side thread that is very interesting. The story often got quite dark but was enough humour to carry it through. If there is a 3rd book I would read it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    3.5 — I jumped into this new Jenny Colgan expecting my usual comfortable J.C. formula: quirky girl meets boy, quirkiness ensues, love prevails and wins, and all is happy in the end. But NO. Jenny surprised me a bit here. Because while, yes, the precious J.C. formula does shine through eventually, it's not quite as prevalent as usual. Instead of the usual hippy-happy rom-com, this one has a little more depth to it. A desperately poor, lonely single mum with a toddler who won't speak and a deadbea 3.5 — I jumped into this new Jenny Colgan expecting my usual comfortable J.C. formula: quirky girl meets boy, quirkiness ensues, love prevails and wins, and all is happy in the end. But NO. Jenny surprised me a bit here. Because while, yes, the precious J.C. formula does shine through eventually, it's not quite as prevalent as usual. Instead of the usual hippy-happy rom-com, this one has a little more depth to it. A desperately poor, lonely single mum with a toddler who won't speak and a deadbeat dad. A family of unruly children with a missing-in-action mother and an out-of-touch father. Stand-offish neighbors/coworkers. The romance in this novel doesn't even show up until the last 15-20% of the book! Do not fret, however, dear readers - there is much to sink your teeth into here: you will feel deeply for Zoe and Hari, as well as the rag-tag misfit group of children she comes to care for and love. And let us not forget - Nina's bookish van is on set once again for our immense enjoyment! Who can complain about that? Not I, friends. Not I.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I loved everything about this book. Zoe is in desperate need of somewhere to stay and a way of earning some money. Her friend finds her somewhere to stay where the children need an aupair and she gets to work on the fabulous touring book bus, whilst Nina has bed rest whilst expecting her new baby. The children she looks after are a real handful- but it was fascinating to see how Zoe dealt with each problem and how quickly she drew them into her world. The small boy also helps her son who has 'ele I loved everything about this book. Zoe is in desperate need of somewhere to stay and a way of earning some money. Her friend finds her somewhere to stay where the children need an aupair and she gets to work on the fabulous touring book bus, whilst Nina has bed rest whilst expecting her new baby. The children she looks after are a real handful- but it was fascinating to see how Zoe dealt with each problem and how quickly she drew them into her world. The small boy also helps her son who has 'elective mutism'. I have a daughter with selective mutism , so I found this aspect to the story very interesting. Zoe also finds the bookshop regulars hard to get onside and has to find her own way to make the bookshop busy, without upsetting Nina. I felt for her as she seemed to be doind a great job - but still met resistance. I'd love the chance to step into the bookshop and spend time finding a hidden treasure. I'm hoping that we get a chance to return to the bookshop at some point.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I loved the follow-up novel set in the Scottish Higlands. In fact, I binge read this on an 8-hour trip back home after vacation. It's an easy read but still with enough substance to be intellectually engaging. There's a lot to process, with mental illness, single motherhood, and how abandonment affects children - as well as plenty of bookish conundrums, like whether bookshops should sell 'tourist tat' that pays the bills or stick with more literary endeavours. Nina and company are here, and if yo I loved the follow-up novel set in the Scottish Higlands. In fact, I binge read this on an 8-hour trip back home after vacation. It's an easy read but still with enough substance to be intellectually engaging. There's a lot to process, with mental illness, single motherhood, and how abandonment affects children - as well as plenty of bookish conundrums, like whether bookshops should sell 'tourist tat' that pays the bills or stick with more literary endeavours. Nina and company are here, and if you haven't read the first book, I'd recommend starting with Bookshop on the Corner. Otherwise, you'll be like me - reading the first few chapters, then backtracking to the first book because you have to know how everyone got to where they are at the beginning of book 2. Overall, it's another solidly enjoyable novel for bookworms with a taste for all things Scottish.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peebee

    Jenny Colgan’s books always make me want to take over the characters’ lives, so now I’m going to move to Scotland and manage a mobile bookstore and be an au pair. Nice escapist reading: even if the plot is predictable and it’s a little too treacly sweet, it’s like comfort food in book form.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Single mum Zoe is struggling to bring up her son Hari in a tiny bedsit in Wembley so when an opportunity arises to relocate to Loch Ness, Scotland and act as au-pair to three children whilst also running a mobile bookshop she jumps at the opportunity, envisaging herself as a modern Mary Poppins reading books to rosy cheeked cherubs. The reality is somewhat different, the bookshop's customers rely heavily on the bookshop's owner Nina to know the books they want/need and Zoe is floundering. The ch Single mum Zoe is struggling to bring up her son Hari in a tiny bedsit in Wembley so when an opportunity arises to relocate to Loch Ness, Scotland and act as au-pair to three children whilst also running a mobile bookshop she jumps at the opportunity, envisaging herself as a modern Mary Poppins reading books to rosy cheeked cherubs. The reality is somewhat different, the bookshop's customers rely heavily on the bookshop's owner Nina to know the books they want/need and Zoe is floundering. The children Zoe is supposed to look after are by turns rude, insulting and appear to exist entirely on toast and marmalade, the housekeeper is surly and unhelpful and the children's father is remote and takes little interest in his children's lives. This reminds me of a book I've read before but I can't remember the name, it's also a bit like the plot of that Sophia Loren film Houseboat. The children have run off six previous au-pairs, in fact the youngest, Patrick, says he's going to call her Nanny Seven because she won't be there long enough for him to learn her name. Nine year old Mary is just plain rude and the oldest, Shackleton, is twelve but huge and seems to do nothing but eat. The children fight constantly, verbally and physically, the kitchen is antiquated and the house looks like Mrs Danvers will come round the corner any second. This was utterly charming, you can't go wrong with surly children, small towns and books! I loved Zoe, such a capable character and good mother, the children were each individually great characters and I enjoyed the plot. Recommended holiday reading. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Readers can always depend on Jenny Colgan to give them a story with a personal dilemma, a little mystery, a few laughs and a happily ever after ending. This book is Jenny at her best. She says in her introduction that this book isn't really a sequel to The Bookshop on the Corner but has a few of the same characters. After reading both, I think you need to read them in order to understand some of the nuances of the second book. Zoe is living a dismal life in London with her young son, Hari. She is Readers can always depend on Jenny Colgan to give them a story with a personal dilemma, a little mystery, a few laughs and a happily ever after ending. This book is Jenny at her best. She says in her introduction that this book isn't really a sequel to The Bookshop on the Corner but has a few of the same characters. After reading both, I think you need to read them in order to understand some of the nuances of the second book. Zoe is living a dismal life in London with her young son, Hari. She is living hand to mouth and gets no help from Hari's dad other than occasional visit when he is in London. Hari is almost 4 years old and has never spoken at all which upsets both parents. When Zoe gets the opportunity, she applies for a job in Scotland near Loch Ness, as a nanny for 3 children. At the same time, she agrees to help the local bookmobile owner, Nina, until she has her baby and can get back to work. The only thing that these two women really have in common is their absolute love of books. Their relationship starts off pretty rocky but their love of books helps them get along. The other rocky part of Zoe's life is being the au-pair to the 3 Urquart children. They live in a beautiful castle but the children have been neglected and run wild with no respect for authority. Their mother is gone and their father is a total mess who can't handle the children. However, Hari loves it there and enjoys being around the three kids so Zoe tries to improve life for all of them. Will the fresh air and the beautiful land of Scotland keep Zoe in Scotland or will she give up and return to her pitiful life in London? This is another light fun read from this author. Thanks to librarything for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)

    **3.5/5** A sweet book with a gorgeous setting as always, but I don't think I'll remember a ton about it in the months to come.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    This was a surprize!! I thought it would a very typical romance novel, it turned out not to be. I wanted to read it because.... well, the obvious, it’s about books. It is so good and to be honest, after the introduction from the author, it was clear, this was going to be a joy. Which it was! :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    A perfectly crafted story about a life reinvented and finding new joys in the midst of upheaval. See my full review on That New Book Smell A perfectly crafted story about a life reinvented and finding new joys in the midst of upheaval. See my full review on That New Book Smell

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    A new book by Jenny Colgan is always a treat - there’s just something so engaging about her characters and plots, despite the formulaic titles (as Jenny herself points out in an introduction, authors don’t necessarily get to pick the titles...) So although it may sound like yet another version of Cream Buns at the Little Teashop on the Corner Next to the Bookshop of Happy Dreams, The Bookshop on the Shore was a lovely read. A sequel, of sorts, to The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (*sigh*) it fe A new book by Jenny Colgan is always a treat - there’s just something so engaging about her characters and plots, despite the formulaic titles (as Jenny herself points out in an introduction, authors don’t necessarily get to pick the titles...) So although it may sound like yet another version of Cream Buns at the Little Teashop on the Corner Next to the Bookshop of Happy Dreams, The Bookshop on the Shore was a lovely read. A sequel, of sorts, to The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (*sigh*) it features some of the same characters but revolves mainly around new characters - single mum Zoe, who is forced by circumstances to flee London and move with her non-speaking young son Hari to the Scottish Highlands, to work both as an au pair to the peculiar family at the “big house” and provide maternity cover at the eponymous bookshop. Despite the title, the bookshop doesn’t play that big of a role, with the main focus being on the family - alarming children Shackleton, Mary and Patrick, their not-really-coping dad Ramsay and mysteriously absent mother, and dour housekeeper Mrs McGlone. The bones of the plot are pure Mills and Boon, but it works. I loved Zoe, Hari and the children, especially the delightful and always entertaining Patrick. And even though there were no huge surprises about where things were going, it was fun getting there. I appreciate how Jenny’s books are always wonderfully diverse and don’t skate over some difficult issues, particularly regarding Mary’s storyline (she had a distinctly Secret Garden vibe for me, maybe because of her name). A great read which definitely won’t disappoint Jenny Colgan’s many fans.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 stars rounded up This book was a bit more melancholy than many of Colgan's books. I liked getting an update about Nina and the other characters from The Bookshop on the Corner, but Nina wasn't the same--she was not very welcoming to Zoe (yes, she had her reasons, but still...) and her general spunkiness was muted. Overall I loved Zoe's story, and the progression she makes with the kids. The kids are very real and the family is very broken, but this just makes for a good novel. Colgan's ability 3.5 stars rounded up This book was a bit more melancholy than many of Colgan's books. I liked getting an update about Nina and the other characters from The Bookshop on the Corner, but Nina wasn't the same--she was not very welcoming to Zoe (yes, she had her reasons, but still...) and her general spunkiness was muted. Overall I loved Zoe's story, and the progression she makes with the kids. The kids are very real and the family is very broken, but this just makes for a good novel. Colgan's ability to write kids' characters and their dialogue is truly second to none, the authenticity is fantastic and believable. There were quite a few times I wanted to tell Zoe to stand up for herself and talk to Ramsay, it was frustrating that the kids were basically left to themselves and feral and no one was intervening. In the end, I really liked this book and love the way Colgan writes. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    This is one of the best book i read in 2019 and more! It's a very well written book with a very unique storyline. If you are looking for a good chicklit book where the focus is not on romance, this book by Jenny Colgan is a very good choice! There is romance but very very very little one. This book is more about the life of Zoe going to live in a remote village in Scotland with her young son that is not speaking yet (but should be considering his age) and how she will cope as an au-pair in a ver This is one of the best book i read in 2019 and more! It's a very well written book with a very unique storyline. If you are looking for a good chicklit book where the focus is not on romance, this book by Jenny Colgan is a very good choice! There is romance but very very very little one. This book is more about the life of Zoe going to live in a remote village in Scotland with her young son that is not speaking yet (but should be considering his age) and how she will cope as an au-pair in a very strange house with extremely strange and rude kids with a very distant and absent dad. This book is excellent and a page turner. I highly recommend it!!!!!! You will not get bored a single second.

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