From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and The Cafe by the Sea comes another enchanting, unforgettable novel of a woman who makes a fresh start on the beautiful Scottish Island of Mure—only to discover life has more surprises in store for her.
When Flora MacKenzie traded her glum career in London for the remote Scottish island of Mure, she never dreamed that Joel—her difficult, adorable boss—would follow. Yet now, not only has Flora been reunited with her family and opened a charming café by the sea, but she and Joel are taking their first faltering steps into romance.
With Joel away on business in New York, Flora is preparing for the next stage in her life. And that would be…? Love? She’s feeling it. Security? In Joel’s arms, sure. Marriage? Not open to discussion.
In the meanwhile, Flora is finding pleasure in a magnificent sight: whales breaking waves off the beaches of Mure. But it also signals something less joyful. According to local superstition, it’s an omen—and a warning that Flora’s future could be as fleeting as the sea-spray…
A bracing season on the shore sets the stage for Jenny Colgan’s delightful novel that’s as funny, heartwarming, and unpredictable as love itself.
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You can’t go into a book from Jenny Colgan expecting fast-paced action or never ending tension, her stories are subtle and take the time to develop an atmosphere that fairly envelops you in a little cocoon, pushing all present worries and distractions to the side. Such is the case as we return to visit with Flora, newly returned to her home island of Mure, and the changes brought by the brash American, Colton’s appearance on the island. With Colton, now wholly having claimed a piece of her younger brother Fintan’s heart, and Flora becoming closer to Joel, another American and Colton’s attorney. Of course, in the time away there have been changes, most notable the new doctor on the island, Saif, a Syrian refugee and his never-ending hopefulness that his wife and sons will be found and they will be reunited. Lorna, Flora’s best friend and head of the lower school is still struggling with the dwindling number of enrolled students, her single status, the lack of available men on the island, and her growing attraction to Saif. Of course, life on the island is a struggle for everyone: hopes that Colton’s project, The Rock, would bring prosperity, new tourism and the locals a steady source of income providing produce, dairy and seafood to the resort. But, with the resort remaining unopened, and Colton obviously up to his ears in business, meaning Joel is working endless hours on issues he can’t (and won’t) discuss or entertain questions about, things are balancing on a knife’s edge for Flora in the café, and personally. So much life and living packed into this story in this small community: from little daily struggles to the biggest questions of acceptance, purpose and healing that each character draws, from residents to the small groups of underprivileged boys from the mainland that are brought to spend time in the wilderness with Charlie and Jan, there’s a magic on Mure that seems to take root in the hearts and minds of each person, making changes large and small to how they move forward. With lovely insets of Eck walking his son down the aisle to his hoped-for happy ever after in the first (that they know) gay wedding on Mure, to the ‘wildebeast’ four-year old Agot, known mostly for speaking in ALL CAPS, yet with an unwavering ability to draw the reluctant into her circle, or provide a needed cuddle when someone is sad – this isn’t a story that is easy to explain, but hard to forget. Disappear for a few hours to Mure in The Café by the Sea, then take a wander on The Endless Beach. The beach that runs the length of the island, withstanding tides, storms and providing a connection that ties the whole island together…… 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.
Slow to start but worth the wait to get into the story
I read all of this author. Her books are light romances, which are usually part of a short series. I enjoy them as individually they are quick reads, something to enjoy in the late evenings.
Flora MacKenzie has recently returned to the place where she grew up, the Scottish island of Mure. She is busy running a cafe and is in the beginning stages of a romance with her former boss, Joel. This is the second book in the Summer Seaside Kitchen series but can be read as a standalone novel as the author does a good job catching the reader up on what happened in the previous book. What I enjoyed most about this book was the focus wasn't solely on the two main characters. Instead the book also explored the lives of other characters who lived on the island. This definitely wasn't a complete lighthearted romance as there were some serious things going on although they never completely overpowered the book where it felt too dark. Would love to see where the author goes from here in the next book as I am interested what she has in store for the supporting characters. Definitely recommend if you like romance books that aren't complete fluff and have a little substance. I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.