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Bookshop on the Shore Hardcover – 25 June 2019
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- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062913557
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062913555
- Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.28 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : William Morrow & Company (25 June 2019)
- Language: : English
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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 warmhearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan
Desperate to escape London, single mother Zoe wants to build a new life for herself and her four-year-old son, Hari. She can barely afford the crammed studio apartment on a busy street where shouting football fans keep them awake all night, and Hari's dad, Jaz, a charismatic but perpetually broke DJ, is no help at all. But his sister, Surinder, comes to Zoe's aid, hooking her up with a job as far away from the urban crush as possible: working at a bookshop on the banks of Loch Ness. And there's a second job to cover housing: Zoe will be an au pair for three children at a genuine castle in the Scottish Highlands.
But while Scotland is everything Zoe dreamed of--clear skies, brisk fresh air, blessed quiet--everything else is a bit of a mess. The Urquart family castle is grand but crumbling, the children's mother has abandoned the family, their father is a wreck, and the kids have been kicked out of school and left to their own devices. Zoe has her work cut out for her and is determined to rise to the challenge, especially when she sees how happily Hari has taken to their new home.
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 the Urquart family--and her own?
About the Author
Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.
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If you can cope with well-drawn central characters and only cartoonish ciphers for everyone else, and the glaring inconsistencies in the text, you'll likely enjoy it overall, as I did - but boy are those grievances annoying!
Set in Scotland, in a remote village near Loch Ness, this is a wonderfully descriptive tale. Zoe is desperate to give her son, Hari a proper life and she is doing this by uprooting her life in a London bedsit to go up to Scotland to hep run a mobile book shop and look after three, very wild children.
I loved Zoe from the beginning, I wanted to wrap her up an tell her everything would be fine. I wanted Hari to find his voice and the three other children to find happiness. This story just had the effect of making me want to be part of it.
This story made me laugh at times, nearly cry at others and I didn't want it to end. Pick this book up asap, you won't regret it!