• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 27, 2017)
The beloved author of The Bookshop on the Corner returns with a sparkling, sunny, soulful new novel perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.
Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.
But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.
But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…
Funny and heartfelt, The Café by the Sea is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.
Happy 4th everyone!
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan. I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.
The Cafe by the Sea is a lighthearted contemporary story about Flora, a paralegal from the small (fictitious) isle of Mure who is currently living and working in London. Due to an (unwanted) opportunity at work, Flora is going home…a place she had gladly left behind years ago.
The Cafe by the Sea is my second Jenny Colgan book. I read The Bookshop on the Corner last year and I remember absolutely loving it so when I had the opportunity to experience another of Jenny Colgan’s works, I jumped at the chance. Just like I thought I would, I really enjoyed this book as well.
In the same vein as The Bookshop on the Corner, The Cafe by the Sea is a contemporary novel with themes of self discovery, romance, healing and humor. Flora, herself, is such a likable main character who has not really been dealing with the death of her mother. My heart ached for her as she confronted memories of her mother and dealt with her brothers and father who also had yet to heal.
I love a good homecoming story like this where the main character basically runs away and when they come back, they realize how much of themselves they left at home. Beautiful.
I think Jenny Colgan is a wonderful storyteller. Her writing and stories are simple, funny, romantic and just…warm. I definitely think that her stories are like comfort food to me. I love to curl up with them in bed with mug of green tea and just pass the day in these beautiful stories of hers. If you are looking for a nice beach read, this one may be it or even if it’s raining and you have a nice Sunday in, definitely pick this book up. It’s a rather light read because of the writing and the fact that you won’t want to put it down once you’re drawn in, I read it in one sitting. 5 stars because I loved this book and it made me laugh out loud, made my heart hurt and gave me the warm fuzzies that a good romance plot line can. ❤
About Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.