The Bookshop on the Shore

The Bookshop on the Shore

by Jenny Colgan


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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. Lottie 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…?



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062913555
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 227,114
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Bookshop on the Shore: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele 4 months ago
Zoe and Hari are struggling: struggling to make ends meet, to not feel isolated in their small and dark London bedsit, trying to remain positive when Jax decides to drop in and visit with Hari, or perhaps pay some maintenance so Zoe isn’t always feeling pressured. But he’s unreliable even as Hari lights up at any mention of him, and he’s still quietly blaming Zoe for Hari’s refusal to speak. Not one word. But now, Zoe’s been hit with a rent increase that she can’t afford, and Jax, while not helping has gone to his sister Surinder, friend of Nina of the mobile bookshop, for advice. Fortunately, Surinder knows that Nina is pregnant and looking for someone to manage the little blue van, and she’s heard that the family at the “big house’ is looking for an au pair – with a small wage and lodging included. Zoe’s a good fir, they don’t mind about Hari, and she’s truly a reader- one who ‘self medicated’ the bad days away with her favorite books as a child (who didn’t do that – I think I’d have to feel as if they missed out on some key milestone). Arriving in Inverness after a long bus ride, Nina immediately brings them to the ‘big house’ where Zoe meets the three children: Shackelford, Mary and Patrick. None are interested in a ‘nanny’, in fact vociferous arguments and plenty of attitude greet her: including that from the housekeeper. Daunted but determined, Zoe dives into both the household and the bookshop, bullied by the guard chicken at Nina’s farm and dismissed or defied by the children, early days are difficult and stressful. And then, Hari, the shy, timid and rather retiring young boy is taken with Patrick, daring to touch a dog and following the other boy raptly, she starts to put her foot down. Pushing the children into chores, real meals, interactions and (for the older two) back into school after being expelled. While she sees, but doesn’t interact much with the children’s father, their mother’s mysterious disappearance is the stuff of gossip and rumor in the small village. Like all of Colgan’s stories, I’m predisposed to dive in and not emerge until the last page is turned. And I LOVE books about people who love reading and books – there’s an instant kinship. And you couldn’t help but be drawn to Hari and his sweetness, Zoe and her protectiveness and Patrick who speaks in ALL CAPS all the time! It was easy to see the children were hurting, and Zoe’s attempts to always get on with things and make the best of the hand dealt was an amazing lesson for them all. She even worked her quiet work on their father Ramsey: bringing him out of his shell and getting him to pay attention and interact with the kids before they were quietly sleeping. Plenty of dramatics, a bit of tumult and the magic of the highlands along with a particular probably fabled loch monster and the story was hard to put down and harder not to love. You’ll want to grab this one up – for the stories, the characters, the moments and the magic and just escape into the world that is between these pages. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Twink 3 months ago
Ahh, Jenny Colgan, you had me at bookshop. Well, that's not quite true - I will happily pick up anything you write! But a love of books is indeed woven through the pages of this novel. Colgan's latest North American release is The Bookshop on the Shore. Before you even start to read, take the time to read the author's notes at the front of the book. Colgan is very funny and it will give you some background and insight into her writing. Setting is always important in Colgan's books. This time we're on the shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. A run down house full of books - and secrets. A village full of wee shops - and quirky, lovable supporting characters. The descriptions of land and sea have me wanting to visit, as do the villagers. Colgan's characters immediately endear themselves to the reader. While Nina and Surinder from The Bookshop on the Corner have a role in this latest, it is Zoe's story that is front and center. She's a struggling single mom to four year old Hari - who has chosen not to speak. This move means a place to live - up in that 'big house' looking after three motherless children after the housekeeper goes home. And driving the bookmobile in the day. Uh, huh a great premise. The reader is firmly behind Zoe as she navigates a new home, two new jobs and trying to give Hari the best life she can. And of course, it wouldn't be a Colgan book without a romantic subplot. Will Zoe connect with the single father of her charges? Or reconnect with Hari's father? I always enjoy the yes/no/maybe so...And the romance isn't confined to our lead character. Nina is expecting her first child - and I have to say I am smitten with her partner Lennox. But of course, there are hurdles to clear on the way to that happy-ever-after ending. Colgan tackles some tough issues in this latest with a deft touch. Colgan is my go-to author when I need a warm, witty feel-good comfort read. And this latest did not disappoint. I will be eagerly awaiting Colgan's next book!
RMeckley 3 months ago
I read the previous title by this author, THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER, and liked it a good bit. I like this one less. Some of the same people are in both books, but this one focuses on Zoe, a single mother who has lost both her job and her flat in London, and receives little help from her son's father. She is accepts an au pair job in Scotland, plus a temporary gig as the bookseller for Nina's bookshop on wheels, while Nina is bedridden during her pregnancy. The three motherless children and their odd, mostly absentee father cause au pair Zoe lots of problems, as does the bulky book truck. (I continue to think of this as a bookmobile instead of a bookshop on wheels.) The ending is rather predictable but satisfying. Based on the book's title, I was expecting more action around the bookshop and the shore.
Allison Comes 4 months ago
I loved this book. Loved! I read Book Shop on the Corner on a whim and have been making my way through Colgan’s works ever since. If you are book lover and a romance lover I am fairly certain you will love this one too. I feel like the books are a character themselves. And she has this magical way of adding these wonderful details that you didn’t even know you wanted to know. But as it turns out these details are so intensely gratifying to know it feels almost magical. I read this book prepublication from NetGalley and Haper Collins, thank you to them.
inkslngr 4 months ago
I received this book from William Morrow/Harper Collins Publishers for an honest review. If you like Colgan books you will love this one. It falls with some have subjects in an honest and loving way. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a beach read or just a honest good read. I truly loved learning a bit about Scotland and how beautiful the area is. If you haven't read any of Jenny's books, give this one a try. I think you will fall in love with the kids and the story in general. Happy reading!!
paulalala09 4 months ago
The Bookshop on the Shore is a sweet but slow moving novel that centers around a strapped single mother who is trying to better her life. Zoe and her not yet speaking four year old son move from the bustle of London to the quiet of Scotland. She finds a better and unusual life for the two of them. Taking on two diverse jobs, Zoe grows as a person as she makes her own decisions for the three love- lost, needy children she becomes an au pair to and for the traveling bookstore she takes over for the pregnant owner, Nina. Her decisions bring betterment for all. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 5 months ago
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.
jbarr5 5 months ago
The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan Have not read previous versions of this series but love the idea of having a book shop at the shore. Starts with Zoey and she's traveling with her young son to Scotland where she just got a job taking care of 3 children. She's no longer able to pay her rent and her DJ boyfriend is too busy for them and doens't wish to tell his parents of the child. She struggles as she arrives and learns about the family-no mother but a father who is into antique books. Story goes back in time to when she was just pregnant and at other stages to the pregnancy. She's got the right answers for the children who are trying to drive her and Hari away. The housekeeper who's pregnant is hospitalized and now Zoe takes over her work load as well as her other chores. Love the time she spends with Mary shopping for clothes. Things change once the kids are back to school. Her ex shows up and wants her to go back to England and he's promised to help with the money....the kids overhear and draw their own conclusion and they go missing, the lake is too close and that is one place they search for them... We learn over time why the mother left the cildren and her husband.... Things change with her ex and now he and his new girlfriend want them to be closer-for the child. Party for the kids to introduce them to others they will be going to school with-wow what a bash! Love what she does tot he book store, teh things she adds that make all the difference in the world. They draw close to one another and miracles occur... Acknowledgements are included. About the author is also included along with her other works. Praise and reviews are included at the end. Received this review copy from HarperCollins Publishers via William Morrow Paperbacks at NetGalley and this is my honest opinion. #TheBookshopOnTheShore #NetGalley