The Café by the Sea

The Café by the Sea

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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 finds herself restoring a dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a cafe by the sea.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062662972
006266297X
9780062675606
0062675605
Characteristics: x, 395 pages : map ; 21 cm

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LauraSteinert
Aug 16, 2018

This delightful story has just a tiny touch of magical realism to add even more charm than the Beach Street books. About five hours of blissful summer escapism--but would be just as lovely to red in front of a crackling fire with a cup of mead.
To prevent confusion, this author writes "love stories" not "bodice rippers." These are sensuous without collapsing being graphic or making the reader feel prurient.

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jac523
Jul 15, 2018

This was an utter delight! The perfect summer read. Fans of Sophie Kinsella will adore this one.

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TheresaAJ
May 07, 2018

Colgan writes in the style of Maeve Binchey with her memorable characters and detailed descriptions of Mure, a Scottish island. Flora fled to London after her mother's death to escape the small island and find work. She's hopelessly in love with her aloof boss and miserable both at work and in a hugely impersonal law firm. When she's sent back home on a work assignment, Flora discovers that her father and brothers aren't doing so well. Torn between her old and new lives, Flora must decide where she belongs. The book read quickly and begs for a sequel to see what happens in the many characters lives.

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laphampeak
Jan 30, 2018

Cute, light romance in a beautiful Scotland setting. A great book to sneak in between the non-fiction or deeper literary novels. A delight to read.

samdog123 Jan 24, 2018

Pure escapist fiction done right by Jenny Colgan, author of the Little Beach Street Bakery series. When Flora is sent back to her home island of Mure by her London law firm, she rediscovers the beauty of the remote Scottish island and her fragile family relationships. Add an attractive, emotionally distant boss, who Flora is secretly in love with, and you have the start of a lovely read. Thoroughly enjoyed this and will add the Beach Street Bakery series to my list to read.

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reeread
Dec 12, 2017

The first Jenny Colgan I have read and I will definitely be going back for more. "The Cafe by the Sea" is essentially a story of characters finding where they belong. The Isle of Mure sounds like an idyllic place to be (in the summer!)

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24158oo226o634
Oct 22, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't all light and feathery humor, but neither did it bog down in dark and dreary. I actually enjoyed this better than 'Bakery'. Don't know if that's because I'd read Bakery first and knew something of her writing or it's just a better book to me. I have to admit being smitten by the idea of the van o' books. Happy sigh.
----------EDIT: I THOUGHT I'D MOVED THIS REVIEW TO THE PROPER BOOK, BUT GUESS NOT. THIS REVIEW WAS OBVIOUSLY FOR THE ONE WITH THE BOOK VAN -- MAKES MY HEART PITTER PATTER THINKING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK VAN. ANYWAY, THE CAFE BY THE SEA WAS DELIGHTFUL. REALLY, REALLY ENJOYED IT.

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1_Great_Book
Sep 28, 2017

Every one of Jenny Colgan's novels is a gem. This one is very much so. A northern Scottish island, a girl among a family of men, discovering one's path in life and true passion....there is a lot to look forward to here. A read that will take you to somewhere new.

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DeeB2015
Sep 15, 2017

The same book with different title -The Summer Seaside Kitchen.
Jenny could do so much more with these books even make them a trilogy.
She starts with a great idea, jumps to another great idea, to another idea
but none of them are explored or developed.
She gets your imagination working over time and then leaves you hanging.
I guess that's what commercial literature is and she succeeds at it.

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IndigoMeerkat
Aug 06, 2017

I am Jenny Colgan fan, and this is one of my favorites.

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