Thursday, April 15, 2021

Books from the Backlog -

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

Blurb:  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…?

Why This Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  Colgan is one of my absolute favorite comfort reads.  So much so in fact that I bought this one new AND it was one of the first 10 books I brought with me when we temporarily relocated to Memphis.  I figured this would be one of the first books read but somehow it came home with me after 6 months unread AND is still unread even several months of being home.  I need to get this read!


  1. Isn't it funny how we sometimes skip over books that we really want to read? This does sound really good. I hope that you are able to get to it soon.

  2. I have a habit of buying physical books and then letting them sit while I listen to audiobooks or books from the library.

  3. I haven't yet read this one either, but it's on my TBR pile. I love her books too. :-)

  4. I've been wanting to read more by this author. I enjoyed the first book in this series and this looks like a good one too.

  5. I hope you love this one when you're able to get to it! :)

  6. I fell in love with this one, especially enjoyed Zoe's young son.

  7. I faintly remember her books are easy going and more happy-go-lucky.