Books by Jenny Colgan

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500 Miles from You

It took me around six hours to read Jenny Colgan’s easy and comforting 500 Miles From You, a split Scotland/England story that I’m counting as my global travel for this year of lockdowns and quarantine. Lissa Westcott is a “nurse practitioner liaison” in London. One day, returning from a ...

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Where Have All the Boys Gone?

As someone who regularly asks the question posed by the title of Jenny Colgan’s mid-2000s novel Where Have All the Boys Gone?, I don’t know if I’m comforted or horrified by the proof that women have been pondering this mystery for at least a decade and a half. Regardless, I’m quite glad that ...

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The Bookshop on the Shore

Jenny Colgan is insistent that The Bookshop on the Shore is not a sequel to The Bookshop on the Corner, and is adamant the novel can be read as a standalone. She is absolutely right that The Bookshop on the Shore stands alone perfectly well; however significant life events happen to the heroine from ...

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My Very '90s Romance

NOTE: This is a re-issue of the 2010 book Talking to Addison Florist and psychology degree holder Holly sells flowers at the New Covent Garden Market while waiting for a better position, and has terrific taste in blossoms. But when it comes to picking the right place to live – not so much.  Pa ...

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The Endless Beach

Jenny Colgan returns to the Scottish island of Mure, location of her book The Café By The Sea and one of the novellas from A Very Distant Shore, to give us another atmospheric, pretty, cozy (and sometimes a bit stereotypical) tale about life in the tiny summer town. The Endless Beach continues t ...

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Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is the third in the delectable series of books about Polly Waterford and her charming shop in the quaint village of Mount Polbearne. The whole saga – including this entry - is satisfyingly sweet and engagingly eccentric, which makes this instalment a delight ...

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The Café by the Sea : A Novel

The first chapter of Jenny Colgan’s The Café By the Sea had me squirming in anticipation. Written in a sort of first-person, all-knowing viewpoint, I loved the unique style of storytelling that felt like having my best, snarkiest friend narrate a movie that I was watching. However, this style qui ...

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The Bookshop on the Corner

I like romances with heroines who love to read. In the case of The Bookshop on the Corner, not only does the heroine love to read, the book is almost a love story about reading and the joys books can bring to people’s lives. In fact, the eventual romance – and it comes late – takes a bit of a ...

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Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams

Rosie Hopkins is in between nursing gigs when her mother calls asking for help. Age is catching up to Rosie’s great-aunt Lilian, and someone has to help Lilian move into assisted living and sell her sweet shop business. Rosie agrees to leave her temp jobs and her wishy-washy boyfriend to travel to ...

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The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Goodbye, America! Oh, how I wish I could leave the snowy Northeast behind to wander around Paris. This may not be the best book that was ever written about the chocolate business, but it certainly seemed wonderful to me. Having finished it, I feel ready to leave my dreary American life behind and in ...