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The Bookshop on the Shore

Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Escape to the Scottish Highlands, where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch.

Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy, is perfect in every way - except for the fact that he just doesn't speak at all. 

When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn't know where to turn. Then Hari's aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. 

Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need.   

Faced with an unwelcoming boss, a moody, distant bookseller named Ramsay Urquart, and a band of unruly children, Zoe wonders if she's made the right decision. But Hari has found his very first real friend, and no one could resist the beauty of the loch glinting in the summer sun. If only Ramsay would just be a little more approachable....  

Dreams start here....

©2019 Jenny Colgan (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Beautiful story

Loved the new book, beautiful tale set around Loch Ness, with new characters Zoe & her son Hari bringing their own story and old characters from "The Little Shop of Happy Ever After" mingling together. With delightful dialogue and the bonny scenery depicted so evocatively of the Highlands, Jenny has done it again and written a book I could not stop reading and didn't want to end.

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Such a lovely book.

I’m a huge fan of Jenny Colgan. I’m still listening to the audio version. Set in the beautiful scenery of Scotland and following Zoe’s tale, I didn’t want to put the book down at all! You won’t be disappointed!

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Just wonderful

I LOVED this book. Jenny Colgan never fails for me. Every character in this book had depth, and the storyline involving the childrens’ mother (and the impact on the children) was gripping and heartbreaking. I wish I could go back and listen all over again. Please do a sequel to this book Jenny, I love the books set in the Scottish Highlands. The performance was great, including the Scottish accent - especially Patrick’s, just adorable. Buy it!

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I absolutely loved it!

It was much deeper and more full of surprises than I ever expected! Plus, there's a sweetness that is very soothing. A book for those who love books and who love loving.

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Always great

Another beautiful story by Jenny Colgan. Some harder story lines in this book but she handles them thoughtfully and with great empathy without loosing the usual lovely tone of her novels.

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  • S. A. MASSEY
  • 25-06-19

Oh botha'

I couldn't get through the first chapter, forced to listen to all the personal outlooks on life before getting to the story, and then, by then, having to try to see the point to the story through the shrill voice of the narrator, and navigate back and forth from the juvenile baby voice / role playing and whatever the supposedly, explanation parts that would suggest what the story might be about. My mind is still reeling from the bad story telling, that only a room of toddlers could enjoy (not needing to understand). I had to quickly turn it off.

Maybe if i listen to the written form through my kindle bot, it may take on a closer form of adult reading and i can see the writers intentions for the reader. Even better, they may publish it with another narrator, that can appeal to more adult readers.

Audible is has so many great new writers, I truly wouldn't let one bad experience, or loss of credit, turn me away, but i have learned from this to look out for repeat listings of certain narrators, and try hard not to judge the books by them