Title: The Bookshop on the Shore (Scottish Bookshop #2)
Author: Jenny Colgan
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
“A grand baronial house on Loch Ness, a quirky small-town bookseller, and a single mom looking for a fresh start all come together in this witty and warm-hearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan.
Desperate to escape from London, single mother Zoe wants to build a new life for herself and her son Hari. She can barely afford the crammed studio apartment on a busy street where honking horns and shouting football fans keep them awake all night. If she doesn’t find a way out soon, Zoe knows it’s just a matter of time before she has a complete meltdown. On a whim, she answers an ad for a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands, which is about as far away from the urban crush of London as possible. It sounds heavenly!
The job description asks for someone capable of caring for three “gifted children”, two of which behave like feral wolverines. The children’s widowed father is a wreck, and the kids run wild in a huge tumbledown castle on the heather-strewn banks of Loch Ness. Still, the peaceful, picturesque location is everything London is not—and Zoe rises to the challenges of the job.
With the help of Nina, the friendly local bookseller, Zoe begins to put down roots in the community. Are books, fresh air, and kindness enough to heal this broken family—and her own…?” (Goodreads)
After finishing the first in this series I knew that I wanted to continue and Scribd had the next audiobook so it was no brainer that it would be my next audiobook. Although this one just wasn’t as good as the first, I still liked most of what I read.
This is more of a companion novel to the first one because it does follow new characters but Nina from book one is still part of the plot which I really liked. We get to see where life has taken her.
Zoe is a single mother who is trying to do what is best for her child. I may not be a single mother but I can understand doing anything for your child. I will always put my child’s needs before my own. She is strong and even courageous to set out on a new path away from the busy city. She also takes on a lot as a nanny to children who don’t behave very well, but she treats them so well and I loved seeing their bonds grow.
As with the first book, the plot isn’t built on romance. It is more to show the development of these women and learn about their stories with just a bit of romance sprinkled in. This one did have less romance than the first and I would have liked to see more from it but that’s okay.
Overall, I am still enjoying this author’s writing and am excited to listen/read more of her books.