Title: The Cafe by the Sea
Author: Jenny Colgan
Genre/Audience: Chick lit, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
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 find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.
But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…
I absolutely loved this book! The setting was perfect and I loved the characters. In most books, there is a love interest that is pretty obvious from the get go. In this story, Flora has the choice of three entirely different men and it was not clear which way she was going to go. Each of the men is appealing for different reasons. I would have had a hard time choosing myself! I loved the aspect of her deciding if her new life in London was all that she thought it was going to be or if she should go back home. I am going to Ireland next month, so was enchanted with the whole setting of the book, even though it was in Scotland. I would probably be in trouble for thinking they are one and the same, but I guess I’ll find out the truth myself.
I’ve been a longtime fan of Jenny Colgan’s books, so was very excited when Steph the Bookworm asked me to review it for her, because it was on my “To Read” list anyways. I would highly recommend this, as well as any of her other books!
Guest review by my mom, Kim.