The Bookshop On The Shore is a contemporary romance set mainly in Scotland.
Single mother Zoe can no longer afford her London home, so she jumps at the opportunity of a job and a rent-free home in Scotland. Here her duties will involve light nanny work while covering maternity leave for a mobile book shop. It all sounds perfect!
However, The Beeches is an old homestead with three unruly motherless children, and Zoe is their latest in a long list of nannies. She must traverse the tricky minefield of their childhood, while attempting to bring order to the house. Her other role is to drive a mobile book shop around the villages; she’s filling the shoes of a bookseller who knows all the nuances of her demanding customers.
This is a fun book, with a sprinkle of romance. Much of the book focuses on children and books, all in a wonderful wild Scottish setting. A light-hearted story that would suit fans of a feel-good book.
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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 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…?