Jenny Colgan – The Summer Seaside Kitchen



Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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!




10 thoughts on “Jenny Colgan – The Summer Seaside Kitchen

  1. Sascha Darlington says:

    So glad to hear you liked it. I read her bookshop one during the summer and fell in love with it.
    When you feel really comfortable with book blogging, you might want to check out Netgalley and/or Edelweiss, where you can get ARCs (advanced reader copies) to read and review. That’s how I first learned about Jenny Colgan. Welcome! 🙂


  2. Dippy-Dotty Girl says:

    I love reading Jenny Colgan too. ‘Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe’ was my first Colgan title too! What I love about her books is the warm, fuzzy feeling they bring with a turn of the page. And those recipes. I have actually tried out a couple and they were pretty good 🙂


  3. Nuria says:

    Your post made my smile because it reminded me so much of my Jenny Colgan journey 🙂 I also started out with the Cupcake books and have since read sooooooo many more of her books. But I have to say for me The Summer Seaside Kitchen is right up there with her Little Beach Street Bakery books. Have you read them? Because they are goooood! 🙂


    • Roxy Starr says:

      Yep – I love those too! I think because I’ve always wanted my own business I love the business-y ones more but all her stuff is so good! Have you read her series Class? I have reviews up and also a competition to win a copy 🙂

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      • Nuria says:

        Yeah, I have that too. Her books always make me want to give up job security and everything and just go for it 🙂 And nope to the second one 🙂 Still need to read those 🙂


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