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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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loved it - eventually

I nearly sent this one back to Audible at first. Took a good while to get going but then I really enjoyed it. Loved the reader. However there were glaring inconsistencies in the story for example : When Zoe first arrived at The Beeches after a long day with Ari on coach and was shown to their bedroom she obviously didn't need the bathroom !! In the morning she didn't know where it was. Also when the children were lost on the loch the helicopter could not assist because of the weather but then suddenly it was there! many other silly and annoying similar mistakes. Also why should a good reader who makes it obvious who is speaking have to keep saying "she said" ad infinitum ...........

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bookshop on the shore

this book grabbed me more than I expected. it got to the stage where I couldn't stop listening. not normal romance but with plenty of twists and turns.

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A wonderful story

I ABSOLUTELY loved this book. Read the past sentence in a Scottish accent ., you will find out why !
It's funny and moving and magical throughout. I think Jenny Colgans books are a delight , but this is her best in my opinion. Made me cry and that's fine as it felt as if I had known all the characters for years.
The reader was so easy to listen to , I just didnt want it to end.
If you love the wildness of Scotland , and you love a good story with a main character that is so down to earth : you will really enjoy this book.

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Fluffy and light

Travel to Scotland, where there are secrets, skeletons, trials and Romance with Jenny Colgan

Perfect Summer read or pick me up.

Narrator is brilliant

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Took awhile

Great book however did take a while to get into the story. Glad I continued with it

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Loved this book

I'm rather sad to have finished this book. I was completely drawn in to the characters and the story. A real treat!

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Lovely easy reading

I love jenny colgan books and the characters you become so attached too! Great easy listening, really enjoyed it

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Easy listening

Perfect for when you’re having a bad day and want to chill out. The narration is great, good range of accents and you don’t feel like cringing when listening.

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Although, wish there were more romance between the main character and the ‘love interest’. It’s bad when your still shipping Zoe and the boat guy till the last few chapters.

I also didn’t know this was part of a trilogy, though still won’t be reading the first book as Nina seems hella annoying. Would have been lovely if Nina and Zoe got along instead of being jealous of each other every time they met.

Zoe also had a lots of patience with her ex, I would have told him where to go within the first few chapters.

However, this is just my opinion which is slightly nitpicking! Would definitely recommend for a long car ride or a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Beautiful story and lovely narration

I really needed a peaceful read to take my kind away from lockdown and this was it. A lovely story set in Scotland. The reading was very good and really brought the characters alive. I would have given 5 stars for story but I felt that there was a lot of build up and the story ended as it was just getting going. Really enjoyable though.

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Lovely listen

First book by Jenny Colgan. I loved it. Hooked from the start and had to steal time away to continue listening.

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  • Linda Byrne
  • 11-05-20

A disappointment

I really wanted to like this book, but I found the main character very unlike able and the situations she found herself in very irritating. It just didn’t add up.

The narration of the main male characters voice was terrible.

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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