This was an utter delight! The perfect summer read. Fans of Sophie Kinsella will adore this one.
Colgan writes in the style of Maeve Binchey with her memorable characters and detailed descriptions of Mure, a Scottish island. Flora fled to London after her mother's death to escape the small island and find work. She's hopelessly in love with her aloof boss and miserable both at work and in a hugely impersonal law firm. When she's sent back home on a work assignment, Flora discovers that her father and brothers aren't doing so well. Torn between her old and new lives, Flora must decide where she belongs. The book read quickly and begs for a sequel to see what happens in the many characters lives.
Cute, light romance in a beautiful Scotland setting. A great book to sneak in between the non-fiction or deeper literary novels. A delight to read.
Pure escapist fiction done right by Jenny Colgan, author of the Little Beach Street Bakery series. When Flora is sent back to her home island of Mure by her London law firm, she rediscovers the beauty of the remote Scottish island and her fragile family relationships. Add an attractive, emotionally distant boss, who Flora is secretly in love with, and you have the start of a lovely read. Thoroughly enjoyed this and will add the Beach Street Bakery series to my list to read.
The first Jenny Colgan I have read and I will definitely be going back for more. "The Cafe by the Sea" is essentially a story of characters finding where they belong. The Isle of Mure sounds like an idyllic place to be (in the summer!)
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't all light and feathery humor, but neither did it bog down in dark and dreary. I actually enjoyed this better than 'Bakery'. Don't know if that's because I'd read Bakery first and knew something of her writing or it's just a better book to me. I have to admit being smitten by the idea of the van o' books. Happy sigh.
----------EDIT: I THOUGHT I'D MOVED THIS REVIEW TO THE PROPER BOOK, BUT GUESS NOT. THIS REVIEW WAS OBVIOUSLY FOR THE ONE WITH THE BOOK VAN -- MAKES MY HEART PITTER PATTER THINKING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK VAN. ANYWAY, THE CAFE BY THE SEA WAS DELIGHTFUL. REALLY, REALLY ENJOYED IT.
Every one of Jenny Colgan's novels is a gem. This one is very much so. A northern Scottish island, a girl among a family of men, discovering one's path in life and true passion....there is a lot to look forward to here. A read that will take you to somewhere new.
The same book with different title -The Summer Seaside Kitchen.
Jenny could do so much more with these books even make them a trilogy.
She starts with a great idea, jumps to another great idea, to another idea
but none of them are explored or developed.
She gets your imagination working over time and then leaves you hanging.
I guess that's what commercial literature is and she succeeds at it.
I am Jenny Colgan fan, and this is one of my favorites.
Another sweet and delightful and perfect read from Colgan. The going-home trope is not always as interesting as the running-away one, but readers who loved THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER will also very much enjoy CAFE.
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