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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
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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.

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    Joanne MB, Canada 10-18-17
    Joanne MB, Canada 10-18-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing accents and narration"

    This was possibly the best narration I have ever heard, and I have been listening to audio books for over 20 years. Good, strong story, gorgeous depictions of landscape, food, and family relations. Well done all around. I heartily recommend listening to this book, although I guess reading it would not be half bad, if you could hear these Scottish and New York accents in your head!

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    Tiffany 10-15-17
    Tiffany 10-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Jenny Colgan does it AGAIN!!"

    Cafe by the Sea is a wonderful story. It's full of loving someone from a far, loving someone you've known your whole life and discovering love for the first time.

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    Kate 10-04-17
    Kate 10-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    The story itself was pretty cute but the American accents were so terrible it was hard to listen to at times.

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    MrsLee 09-01-17
    MrsLee 09-01-17 Member Since 2009
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    "gorgeous."

    This book was phenomenal a beautifully written wonderfully narrated gorgeous memorable story one of my absolute favorites I've ever heard on audible I highly recommend it it completely carries you away

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    K. L. minnesota 08-26-17
    K. L. minnesota 08-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    It took a little bit to get into the story but once I did it was very enjoyable. A taste of a different lifestyle living on a very northern isle in the UK, family changing traditions and romance. The narrator did a great job with the accents!

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    Barbara 08-26-17
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    "Awesome and heart sweeping!!!!"

    Another fantastic book by Ms. Colgan. Hear sweeping and intense, I cried, laughed and baked my way through this book. Fantastic!!!!

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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
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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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