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Run away to a beautiful Scottish island and let the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan warm up your spring!
Dreams start here...
'Charming, made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy.' - Sophie Kinsella
On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.
While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he's about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.
As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?
Colgan opens this sequel by assuring readers it doesn't matter whether they've read the first book (2017's The Caf by the Sea), but this is unmistakably the second book in a trilogy the dark middle of everything, without the optimism of beginnings nor the happily-ever-after closure that one hopes will eventually appear. Flora MacKenzie, newly minted entrepreneur on the Scottish Isle of Mure, and Joel Binder, American lawyer, have come together under the ruthless aegis of billionaire Colton Rogers, who's bought half the island and Joel too, and is trying to draw in Flora's brother, Fintan. Joel and Colton depart on a prolonged, confidential business trip, leaving Flora struggling, feeling pushed away by Joel's unexplained silences. Problematic simplifications found in the first book fetishization of Flora's "milky, creamy" whiteness, pure faith in benevolent capitalism become nuanced here, but other flaws appear, such as Syrian refugee Saif Hassan, whose sad history is leveraged into inspirational pathos while he remains underdeveloped as a character. Colgan's brand expertly combines quirky contemporary U.K. settings and snarky-sweet realism, but, with little resolved for these characters after so much pain, this book is not a good introduction to the series or her work.
Heerlijk boek, begin wat moeizaam
Het begin is wat moeizaam omdat alles steeds uitgelegd moet worden van het vorige deel. Dat vond ik storend. Verder heerlijk en goede personages.