Description: 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…
Published 9th February 2017 by Sphere
You can probably tell from some of my earlier posts quite how excited I was by this release. Jenny Colgan is one of my favourite authors – I first discovered her after reading ‘Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe’ which is still one of my favourite books, and I’ve made sure to read everything she’s published since! So as soon as my copy arrived (courtesy of the library!) I got stuck straight in.
The story is told from Flora’s point of view – a paralegal living in London. One morning she’s asked to go and talk to her boss Joel, who she happens to have an enormous crush on. The company are taking on a new job for a big client which just happens to be in Flora’s hometown – she’s asked to go back and get involved, but the problem is she left for a reason and had no plans to return.
I don’t want to give too much away, but it is a lovely story and once I got a few chapters in I struggled to put it down. We meet Flora’s family who don’t exactly welcome her back with open arms. A romance or two for Flora that keep us guessing right to the end! There’s even a cute dog, and I am always happy when there’s a dog! The Island is described so beautifully it’s almost like we’re there with her, and it sounds so peaceful and free. I think I might have to take a trip to Scotland to discover where the idea for Mure came from.
It’s not quite overtaken the Cupcake Café or the Sweetshop of Dreams for me yet but I’m not sure that many could as they are a permanent fixture on my bookshelf. It’s still a great new story, and I can’t wait for more Jenny Colgan in the future!
Don’t forget to check out my competition to win Jenny Colgan’s book ‘Class: Welcome To The Little School By The Sea’. It ends on the 28th February – Good luck!