'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 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…?'

This book was beautiful.

As soon as I saw this book I knew it would be my kind of book and I wasn't wrong. I pretty much devoured this book. I was hooked from the first page and completely engrossed until the final page.

Jenny Colgan did a fantastic job with this book. The writing was amazing, the characters were real, the story was wonderful and the setting was beautiful.

I loved the characters in this book. The were so human and flawed and that made it so much easier to get behind them and follow their journey's.

As I said as soon as I saw this book I wanted it. Any book that contains a book shop is the book for me. The book shop or van was just the start of amazing plot points in this story. I think the way Jenny Colgan tied all of these pieces together was truly magical.

Jenny Colgan's writing has a real cinematic quality to it that made this story come to life. The characters and emotions just radiated off the pages and as for the setting and her descriptions; they just completely captivated me.

This book is easily one of the best books I have read this year. If you are looking for a book to escape into then look no further.

The Bookshop On The Shore by Jenny Colgan is a must read for anyone who wants to fall into a book and lose themselves completely.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker