The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Shore

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 ...

Details The Bookshop on the Shore

TitleThe Bookshop on the Shore
Release DateJun 25th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Writing, Books About Books, Cultural, Scotland

Reviews The Bookshop on the Shore

  • Karen Whittard
    Jenny colgan books are always like a massive hug in book form. The kind of hug that you desperately need and when you get that hug everything is made that little bit better and that little bit more brighter. I absolutely loved this amazing book.
  • Erin
    Goodreads giveaway win!This book just wasn't for me. Jenny Colgan is a very popular author so if you love her books I'm sure you'll love this one too. The Bookshop on the Shore did nothing for me. This book is over 400 pages and I could have gotten the same story in 130 pages. Nothing happens in this book, I'm sure if I really searched I could find the plot but I just don't care enough to look for it. All the characters were either boring or anno...
  • Lisa
    The title with the word bookshop drew me to this novel, but it is not about a bookshop. (A bookmobile plays a fairly minor role here) It turned out to be a decent comfort read.
  • Linden
    Zoe’s a single mom with no money living in London. Her son’s father never seems to have money to help, so when she gets a job offer in Scotland as a nanny and a bookseller, she takes 4 year old Hari, who has never spoken, to the remote Scottish village. Much to her chagrin, she learns that the children have gone through at least 6 nannies in the recent past, and are determined to be rid of the 7th as soon as they can. Jenny Colgan is a great ...
  • Darinda
    Zoe is a single mother living in London. She is struggling to make ends meet, and wants a better life for her and her son, Hari. With some help from Surinder, Hari's father's sister, Zoe gets an opportunity in the Scottish Highlands. Zoe will work as a nanny for a single father of three and will run Nina's bookmobile while Nina is on bedrest during her pregnancy.Some familiar faces from The Bookshop on the Corner - Nina, Surinder, and Lennox - ar...
  • Amy
    Do you ever just completely forget to post a review? Because SAME. I read this over my vacation back in early July and thought it was adorable and I just now realized I never shared my thoughts 😳 This was charming, sweet and cozy with a fantastic setting and a cast of quirky supporting characters. My first Jenny Colgan book but definitely not my last, I can see myself turning to one of her books when I want something comforting and light.
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    4.5 Stars. This book totally surprised me. I went into this one thinking it was a cute summer romance with a ditsy woman who loved books, boy was I wrong. Jenny Colgan has introduced us to a family in chaos. Zoe packs up and heads to Scotland with her four year old son Hari, from busy London to become a nanny for a family with three children. What she did not expect were the issues this family has and still is dealing with. She also works part-ti...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    (free review copy) Dare I new favorite Jenny Colgan? I have yet to meet a world of hers that hasn’t utterly enchanted me and this return to Loch Ness and the traveling book shop utterly enchanted me.
  • Kathryn
    OMG I loved this book, I just was so annoyed when it ended, the best kind of annoyed though. I have read this every spare minute I had, I love this kind of book magic that draws me into a story. It often surprised a laugh out of me. It often had me worrying over the outcome for characters. There are some serious issues that are explored.Zoe brings her own brand of book beliefs to the blue van while Nina is busy holed up in a hospital bed. She bri...
  • Abi
    Single mother Zoe is desperately struggling to make ends meet in London. Her 4-year-old son Hari is perfect, except for the fact he doesn’t speak – at all. When Zoe’s landlord raises the rent on her dismal studio flat, she realises she has nowhere to turn.When an opportunity for not one but two jobs arises in Scotland, Zoe decides this could be the change she desperately needs.Faced with her new boss Ramsay, and his 3 unruly children, Zoe b...
  • Kim
    I loved everything about this book. Zoe is in desperate need of somewhere to stay and a way of earning some money. Her friend finds her somewhere to stay where the children need an aupair and she gets to work on the fabulous touring book bus, whilst Nina has bed rest whilst expecting her new baby.The children she looks after are a real handful- but it was fascinating to see how Zoe dealt with each problem and how quickly she drew them into her wo...
  • Laura
    Her books can be a bit predictable, but when I'm looking for a damsel in distress rescued by a handsome prince, and a fun book to listen to that won't require a lot of concentration while I'm doing something else, these books are perfect. And the Scottish setting on the shore of Loch Ness was a nice bonus! This would make a great beach read too. Audiobook by Fiona Hardingham, also nicely done.
  • Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    **3.5/5**A sweet book with a gorgeous setting as always, but I don't think I'll remember a ton about it in the months to come.
  • Sasha
    3.5 — I jumped into this new Jenny Colgan expecting my usual comfortable J.C. formula: quirky girl meets boy, quirkiness ensues, love prevails and wins, and all is happy in the end. But NO. Jenny surprised me a bit here. Because while, yes, the precious J.C. formula does shine through eventually, it's not quite as prevalent as usual. Instead of the usual hippy-happy rom-com, this one has a little more depth to it. A desperately poor, lonely sin...
  • Alison
    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 b...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    A perfectly crafted story about a life reinvented and finding new joys in the midst of upheaval.See my full review on That New Book Smell
  • Marina
    This was a surprize!! I thought it would a very typical romance novel, it turned out not to be. I wanted to read it because.... well, the obvious, it’s about books. It is so good and to be honest, after the introduction from the author, it was clear, this was going to be a joy. Which it was! :)
  • Sheri
    A new book by Jenny Colgan is always a treat - there’s just something so engaging about her characters and plots, despite the formulaic titles (as Jenny herself points out in an introduction, authors don’t necessarily get to pick the titles...) So although it may sound like yet another version of Cream Buns at the Little Teashop on the Corner Next to the Bookshop of Happy Dreams, The Bookshop on the Shore was a lovely read.A sequel, of sorts,...
  • Jasmine
    This one surprised me a bit. I thought it would be a quick little summer romance novel with no real plotline, but i was pleasenty surprised. This book will speak to anyone who loves books! I love how often they quote lines from other great books and Authors. The way Jenny is able to make you fall in love with Scotland, with all it's scenery , characters and local quirks shows how lovely a storyteller she is. Although it's a romance, I love how sh...
  • thewoollygeek
    I have yet to read a Jenny Colgan book I haven’t adored, the woman is just magic. I always get addicted from the first page and have to drag myself away to go to bed ! This is my perfect theme as a book obsessed woman, set in a bookshop. This is heartwarming as always, well written, characters you fall in love with and want to be best friends with. A thoroughly entertaining read, perfect for anytime of the year that you want to feel good.Thanks...
  • Mary
    There's something so comforting about Colgan's books. Like your favorite old sweater, or a pot of homemade soup. The Scottish setting was so picturesque, each character so well developed and charming. The story of Zoe and Ramsey, with his wild children and dark secrets, was captivating. Hari was a delight. We revisited some characters from an earlier book as well.... If life hadn't gotten in the way I would have curled up by the fire and read it ...
  • wellreadtraveler
    I am a huge fan of Jenny Colgan and out of the hundreds of books I’ve read over the years, The Bookshop on The Corner will always be my favorite. I’ve used it for both my book clubs, sent many copies to friends as gifts, and even made my mom a #2 fan. (In case you hadn’t guessed it I’m #1) I am big book pusher and have been told by a sweet friend of mine that when she read The Bookshop on the Corner that the main character Nina reminded h...
  • Sheree
    Scottish highlands, a quirky bookshop ... what's not to love :)
  • Mandi Schreiner
    I love Jenny Colgan books. The romance in this one didn’t do a ton for me - but the kids and the old house shined through. I really liked Zoe / nanny seven :-)
  • Robin Stevens
    Jenny Colgan's books are such wonderful comfort reads for me, and this one was particularly delightful. Her version of The Sound of Music, set in Loch Ness! (14+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
  • Melissa
    3.5 stars rounded upThis book was a bit more melancholy than many of Colgan's books. I liked getting an update about Nina and the other characters from The Bookshop on the Corner, but Nina wasn't the same--she was not very welcoming to Zoe (yes, she had her reasons, but still...) and her general spunkiness was muted.Overall I loved Zoe's story, and the progression she makes with the kids. The kids are very real and the family is very broken, but ...
  • Maureen
    There was apparently a serious lack of proofreading before this book went to press. Starting in chapter 2 and continuing on steadily throughout there were extra words in sentences and other errors (even use of the wrong character’s name) that disrupted the flow of this lovely book. A book so heavily advertised should have at least had a read through! I have never seen so many errors in published writing.That being said, I really enjoyed the cha...
  • Kelly
    As most of you know, Jenny Colgan’s books are my favorite comfort reads. Also, books about books and bookshops are automatically a must read. I loved this novel. It is a companion read to The Bookshop on the Corner..In this novel, Zoe finds a new job in Scotland working as a nanny and at a mobile bookshop. She and her young son Hari move into a crumbling castle to help raise three children abandoned by their mother.
  • Anika | The Bibliofleur
    Struggling between two and three stars on this one. Before even starting this book, I was a fan of Zoe. She’s a single mum and works hard, something I have great respect for. Her sweet little boy is the centre of her life, which immediately makes you love her as a mother. The book beautifully paints the scenic nature of the Scottish Highlands. It makes me want to take a trip up there and explore a rural village for myself! It definitely has cos...
  • Elizabeth
    Jenny Colgan's books never fail to save me from a reading slump and I saved this one to go on vacation with me. I am a sucker for the "governess who whips the kids and house into shape" trope plus it took place in Scotland plus it was a lot of book talk. Fun vacation read.