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The Cafe by the Sea Audiobook

The Cafe by the Sea: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The beloved author of The Bookshop on the Corner returns with a sparkling, sunny, soulful new novel perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.

Years ago Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up - and she hasn't looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It's a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious...and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she's suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers - all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework - and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking - and finds herself restoring a dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes - and work out exactly where her future lies....

Funny and heartfelt, The Café by the Sea is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.

©2017 Jenny Colgan (P)2017 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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    Robin 07-31-17
    Robin 07-31-17

    Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!

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    "3.5 stars"

    I listen to all the new Jenny Colgan releases on audible. I was disappointed in this one. The plot was rather predictable. Only interesting part of the listening experience was the exotic Scottish locale and local customs.

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    Marilyn 07-17-17
    Marilyn 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Makes me want to move to Scotland"
    Where does The Cafe by the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is right in the middle: not the worst, but far from the best.


    Would you recommend The Cafe by the Sea to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, because the narrator Sarah Barron was mostly enchanting. Her apparently authentic Scottish accent wove a mood that carried me away. She read the women characters much better than the men, and her American accent wasn't quite right, but the Scottish characters made up for that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved all of the scenes of daily life and cuisine on the fictional Isle of Muir. Having just been to Scotland, the reader beautifully evoked the atmosphere of northern climes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction. Occasionally I winced at some of the romance novel scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Any story about a kinder, gentler world that I hope is out there somewhere is OK by me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-19-17
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    "Great story"
    Where does The Cafe by the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed listening to this story -- couldn't wait to get in my car to listen. I found myself listening while I was getting ready for work and ironing


    What other book might you compare The Cafe by the Sea to and why?

    Not sure, but I would not have compared it to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ---that is a not even a fair comparison


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Barron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to her before, but enjoyed listening to her and will look for other books she has narrated


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Joel came back to the island to claim her


    Any additional comments?

    Only odd thing was when the narrator changed the tone of her voice for some of the male characters -- that was hard to listen to. I enjoyed the relationship Flora had with her brothers, since I had six brothers of my own, and my mother died when I was 15, so I could relate well to the story

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    Maryb 08-09-17
    Maryb 08-09-17
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    "Lovely!"

    If you are a fan of Jenny Colgan, you will not be disappointed! Narration was great too, but I am a sucker for the Scottish accent!

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    michelle hernandez 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "love listening to Sarah Barron"

    I have to admit Ive listened to this book now 3 times. The story is pleasing but the narrator is the best. I enjoy listening to her scottish accent and wish she narrated more books that I would enjoy.

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    M. M. Connor Baltimore, Maryland United States 07-24-17
    M. M. Connor Baltimore, Maryland United States 07-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Fun Jenny Colgan Read"
    Where does The Cafe by the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoyable and light hearted read - I always enjoy Jenny Colgan's books - they are a lovely little escape, funny, and there's usually food involved...what's not to like?


    What about Sarah Barron’s performance did you like?

    Sarah Barron did a great job on this performance; her accents were good and she really portrayed each of the characters in quite an individual way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book on a long road trip, so it was basically an all in one sitting. A wonderful way to make a boring road trip enjoyable.


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    Sharan 07-04-17
    Sharan 07-04-17
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    "Predictable"

    Story was predictable and sometimes boring. Good Scottish and English accents but American accent was TERRIBLE. Also, the voice for the child was super unbearable to hear, had to forward each time it appeared. I was disappointed in this story as it was so simple and slow and did not compare to her other stories.

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    Mary 07-03-17
    Mary 07-03-17

    A book lover

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    A breezy, lovely story about going home again. Recommended to fans of Jenny Colgan - which I am.

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