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 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. 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 brighter I absolutely loved this amazing book. 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. 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. 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. 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 heads to be in, 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 and I think she just needed some gumption Ramsay made me angry at first, but he grew on me as we discovered 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 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 reviews, please visit 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 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 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. 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. 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. 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.
- 416 pages
- The Bookshop on the Shore
- Jenny Colgan
- 22 February 2017 Jenny Colgan