Book Review: The Café by the Sea by Jenny Colgan


Title: The Café by the Sea

By: Jenny Colgan

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 416

Release Date: June 27th, 2017

Publisher: William Morrow/HarperCollins

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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 harbor: 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...


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After reading Bookshop on the Corner by the same author, this story fell flat for me.

The story was sweet, yet predictable and the characters seemed flat and unrelatable. I really missed the
wonderful descriptions of Scotland I know this author is able to produce. Its seemed like another summer story of romance and relationship problems.

My feeling after reading this book was just blah... Not terrible, but not a great read either. It left me wanting, and not in a good way...

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