The Bookshop on the Shore

The Bookshop on the Shore

Large Print - 2019
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"Desperate to escape from 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. 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: 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. 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...?" - Amazon.
Publisher: New York, New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062912374
Characteristics: 606 pages ;,23 cm.

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mynovelesquelife
Oct 11, 2019

RATING: 3 STARS
2019; William Morrow Paperbacks/ HarperCollins Canada
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I was really enchanted with the first novel in this series, [book:The Bookshop on the Corner|28372019] and was excited when I realized it was becoming a series.

Single mom, Lottie is barely making ends meet, especially when her ex leaves her. To give her son, Raffie, a better life she decides to move to the Scottish Highlands and become a nanny. And, when Nina (the heroine from the first book) is put on bed rest, Lottie helps her out as well. Between an eccentric family and quirky patrons, Lottie is too busy to worry about her son not talking.

In comparison to the first book, I found this book a bit blah. There wasn't an endearing quality in this story. It fell a bit flat and I was ready for it to wrap up. I was glad I read it and would try another in the city.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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AnneCarolineDrake
Sep 12, 2019

This is my first book by this author. I checked it out because I presumed from the title that it is a beach book. Nope. It is set on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland.

It took me a long time to get into the book, and I'm glad I stayed with it. It is a charming, modern twist on the classic Jane Eyre. In this version, Jane is a single mother and there is no fire.

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samsue
Sep 07, 2019

Jenny Colgan writes charming, uplifting books and this is another perfect example. They are a welcome change from the murder & mayham books out there. Highly recommended

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good_stuff_4U
Aug 22, 2019

Endearing characters and the book holds your interest.

JCLPiepieB Jun 24, 2019

I devoured this book. Even though it's been my experience that Jenny Colgan books are thick and chunky, for me they go very fast. This book was great! I loved all the titles and authors that were bandied about. My favorite characters were Hari, Shackleton, and Patrick. I hope there is more to this series!

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