The Bookshop on the Shore

The Bookshop on the Shore

eBook - 2019
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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 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. 

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 childrens’ single dad 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 this broken family—and her own…?



Publisher: [United States] :, Harper Collins Publishers,, 2019
ISBN: 9780062850195
0062850199
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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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

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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