Friday 9 February 2018

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan @jennycolgan @LittleBrownUK #TheEndlessBeach

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?

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan is published in paperback on 11 January 2018 by Sphere / Little Brown.  My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

It's been a while since I've read a book by Jenny Colgan, and The Endless Beach was the perfect way to re introduce myself to her stories. It's warming and gorgeous, packed with characters the reader will love and a delightful island setting that is brought brilliantly to life.

Flora runs the Summer Seaside Kitchen, a small cafe alongside the Endless Beach. Whilst the cafe is popular and has become the heart of the community, Flora is struggling to make ends meet.  Flora's friend Lorna, a teacher at the small local school is also struggling. Lorna's problems are affairs of the heart, not the head; she's fallen for Saif, the island doctor.

Unlike Flora and Lorna, Saif is not originally from the island. He arrived as a refugee, with his heart broken as his wife and two small boys didn't finish the terrible journey with him.

The Endless Beach is a charming story and Jenny Colgan has created a community full of loveable and believable characters who are so fresh and joyful. Whilst there is no doubt that this is a real feel-good story, this author also deals with some serious and important topical issues. Saif's daily struggle to fit in with the islanders, to deal with his heartbreak, and to adjust to a new country is incredibly well done and Flora's endless battle with finances and family are refreshingly realistic.

I enjoyed every page of The Endless Beach and would love to think that there will be more stories about this windswept but very compulsive community.

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels including Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe and Little Beach Street Bakery, which are published by Sphere.
Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe won the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012 and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.

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