The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

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Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel.

 When a new client demands Flora’s presence back on Mure, she’s suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour, she’s also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes – and work out exactly where her future lies…

My Review

Reading a Jenny Colgan book is like meeting up with a friend you have not seen for a while and feeling like nothing has changed !

A feel good story that oozes with community spirit, family bonds and traditional hearty recipes,  it made me want to move to Mure, everyone seems so friendly there. This story really promotes how important it is to buy from local businesses.

I loved the different setting of Scotland, even though I’ve only been to Gretna Green, I had a clear picture in my mind of what Mure looked like. This whole story had my imagination ticking over, I imagined Flora to be ‘Anne Hathaway’ , Joel ‘Jamie Dorman’ and Charlie ‘Gerard Butler’.

Initially Flora came across as a bit of a whittler, yet when she returned to Mure, the real Flora shone through and she was so much more confident, the transformation was amazing. Mure seemed like a magical place that chilled everyone out.

I hope this isn’t the last we hear from Mure.