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You know where you are with a Colgan
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2021
Oh, my God I love it when a Colgan comes out. I love everything she writes (thought not so keen on the Jenny T Colgan ones) and my heart leaps when I get a notification the next one is ready to buy. Despite writing so many novels Colgan has managed to keep me excited about her next book as she seems to have been able to keep to what makes her writing so enjoyable: rounded, sympathetic characters, descriptions of landscapes and food, funny animals, and absorbing plots. You know where you are with a Colgan!
I think my heart truly belongs to the Island of Mure books, but the Little Beach Street Bakery series has much to recommend it including a portly puffin. In anticipation of this being released, I quickly reread the first three and it was good to remind myself of Polly and Huckle and their strange Cornish village on an island.
This book, number 4, follows familiar characters but introduces two new ones who are the main focus of the story: Maris and Alexei (love Alexei). They are new arrivals to the island and the story traces how one becomes involved in the community of the island rather quickly, while the other - rendered a hermit due to grief - withdraws and hides away. My favourite bit was the skype link to Italy...
Loved every minute - read it in about a day and a half - was like a gorgeous box of chocolates without the calories. (However the chocolate I ate while reading it, unfortunately, did)
If you haven't read Jenny Colgan start with her very early lovely ones: Amanda's Wedding, Do you Remember the First Time, The Good the Bad and the Dumped, for example then grab a copy of A very Distant Shore (Mure no 0.5) and fill your boots with stories of the wonderful Scottish town of Mure.