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Book Review: The Bookshop On The Shore By Jenny Colgan


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 son Hari. She can barely afford the crammed studio apartment on a busy street where honking horns and shouting football fans keep them awake all night. If she doesn’t find a way out soon, Zoe knows it’s just a matter of time before she has a complete meltdown. On a whim, she answers an ad for a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands, which is about as far away from the urban crush of London as possible. It sounds heavenly!

The job description asks for someone capable of caring for three “gifted children”, two of which behave like feral wolverines. The children’s widowed father is a wreck, and the kids run wild in a huge tumbledown castle on the heather-strewn banks of Loch Ness. Still, the peaceful, picturesque location is everything London is not—and Zoe rises to the challenges of the job.

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…?


This novel centres around Zoe who is a single mum with no money living in London. Although I feel like she should have been more careful about who she sleeps with as he did come across as a inconsistent mess of a guy at least she has came a long way on her own. She doesn’t have a comfortable living situation so she takes her 4 year old son Hari who has never spoken a word, to Scotland.

Zoe works as a nanny in this mysterious castle type of home and the children are troublesome and the whole thing seems a bit odd.

However, I did think the novel was a bit long and the writing font should have been smaller as it made for slow reading which took away the nice feeling this novel had to offer.

4/5 Stars

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