The Café by the Sea

The Café by the Sea

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A London girl-about-town returns to her family's farm on a small Scottish island following her mother's death. Her father and her four brothers remain, and it's up to them to run the farm. But as she soon discovers, they aren't quite up to the task, and need all the help they can get. Leaving behind a bustling, high-stakes life in the city, our heroine builds a life for herself in her hometown, opening a café using the local produce of the region. And romance isn't far behind.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062675606
0062675605
Branch Call Number: FIC COLGA
Characteristics: x, 395 pages : map

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rachelc3_0
Feb 26, 2019

It was a really sweet story, sometimes literally. Beautiful scenery and excellent food descriptions. Made me want to eat my way through Scotland.

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Gerry_21
Jan 23, 2019

Reading Jenny Colgan's books is not good for your figure! The cakes and other delightful goodies make your mouth water! A good story too! This is the first book - Endless Beach is the second book. Both are very good :-)

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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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