Given a backroom computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly - dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish Highlands.
No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books...not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing....
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"This sunny read will make you feel drenched in vitamin D until the real thing comes along.... There are lots of books about women moving to the country and starting again, but Colgan's fishing village feels real, the characters are funny and the dilemmas genuine." (Cosmopolitan)
"A fun, warm-hearted read." (Fanny Blake, Woman & Home)
"We love Jenny Colgan's books, but Little Beach Street Bakery is definitely one of our favourites, utterly charming, atmospheric and brilliantly written it will captivate you and keep you totally absorbed until the very end. We loved it! Highly recommended!" (Hot Brands, Cool Places)
"Cheery and heart-warming escapism." (Sunday Mirror)
"This delightful novel will make you feel warm inside - it makes a fab Mother's Day gift." (Closer)
Very well narrated.
The only thing that annoyed me was that during the narration at times after every sentence it was "Nina said", "narinda said, Nina said, narinda said arghh. I wouldn't let that put me off though, beautiful book
I've read several Jenny Colgan's when I've fancied an easy listen rom-com style book and they usually hit the spot - particularly the sweet shop and beach street books, also the chocolate shop.
I just didn't get on with this one. I'm not sure if the narrators portrayal made it worse, but the heroine came across like a stroppy petulant teen for much of the story, I just didn't buy the relationship between her and the leading man, who seemed like a grouchy father figure in comparison - for me that chemistry just didn't work - it was a bit icky!!
Also the cast of supporting characters seemed pretty pointless, with very few of their stories having any conclusion. Jenny Colgan does love a sequel but I can't see this as being a story I would parsonally revisit.
I haven't read many of Jenny Colgan's novel but I shall seek out her latest. A good read, a pleasant romance element and a satisfying inclusion of books. A fine book to snuggle up with thus winter.
At the beginning of the story I bag an to doubt whether this book would fulfill my expectations until I was at least an hour in. Once this story got going I was immersed in the whole tale of new beginnings which was just what I was looking for. Escaping to this peaceful and tranquil town was perfect for a relaxing drive to and from work, I found myself not able to stop listening once I had arrived home. On several occasions I found myself parked outside of my home listening just to enjoy the rest of the chapter in my own little world/car.
I loved it, the narrator was brilliant, want more like this please. If you like a story with a different take this is for you.
It was an easy book to listen to. However if you are Scottish like I am then you may find the accents can be cringeworthy at points. Also there are a some farming inaccuracies which gave me a few laughs.
"One for Booklovers"
I listened through this in a few days while quilting. It was a light fun listen. Loved the Scottish setting and the people that populated the book. It was very well narrated with very good differentiation of voices.
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