23.9.19

BOOK REVIEW: The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan



Escape to the Scottish Highlands where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch.Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy, is perfect in every way- except for the fact that he just doesn’t speak at all. When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn’t know where to turn,Then Hari’s aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need.Faced with an unwelcoming boss, a moody, distant bookseller named Ramsay Urquart and a band of unruly children, Zoe wonders if she’s made the right decision. But Hari has found his very first real friend, and no-one could resist the beauty of the loch glinting in the summer sun. If only Ramsay would be a little more approachable.


Publisher: Sphere

Pages: 489

I loved this book! There are times when you have things going on in life and you just need the perfect book to give you a little lift. It has been quite full on since we got a new puppy in the house but being able to dip in and out of The Bookshop on the Shore has cheered me up and provided me with some lovely moments of escapism which is exactly what I needed. 
I liked Zoe straight away. She is a struggling single mother who has escaped to the Scottish Highlands from London with her young son Hari. Faced with two new jobs, one as a mobile bookseller and the other as an au pair to three children who live on a vast country estate. Zoe knows she has her work cut out to make this opportunity work.  She just wants to provide for Hari but the children are rather unwelcoming and although she loves books, nobody seems to want to buy them from her. Plus her boss, Ramsay Urquart is a complete mystery, locking himself away in his vast library, seeming to forget that he has three children to be a father to.
Jenny Colgan has created a beautiful story, a book about books and friendship and love. The characters are solid and believable and my favourite thing was the children who Zoe takes under her wing, Patrick, Mary and Shackelton. They all have their own issues but she goes out of the way to help them all. I had a particular soft spot for Patrick and the way he speaks plus the friendship he forms with Hari. 

I can’t recommend this book enough, it was simply lovely from beginning to end. 

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