Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.




A joy to read…deliciously warm and funny – Sunday Express


Cheery and heart-warming escapism – Sunday Mirror





I must confess I attempted to read this book on two occasions and couldn’t get more than a few pages in each time. The sentences and descriptions were incredibly long winded and it all seemed far too chaotic for me. What’s the type-written equivalent of verbal diarrhea? Possibly that.


The thing is, my head space following the move and fracturing ribs in a fall was much like the descriptive start to the book, overly chaotic. Unlike myself, who just needed to clear my mind, the book was setting the scene, not necessarily setting the pace for the rest of the book. Thankfully.


Surprisingly, on my third attempt and a few more pages in, something clicked and the more I read the more I was transported and wanted to keep reading. I also found myself wanting to get up and bake scones half way through and serve them with generous lashings of real butter and homemade jam.


The foodie in me loved this book with a passion.  I was delighted to find a selection of recipes mentioned throughout the book, at the end of the book. I’ve already made Bannocks (delicious round, crusty, flat rolls) and plan on making the steak and ale pie next.


The Mure location, although fictitious and based on various islands of the Northern Isles really came to life for me. The further I delved into the book, the closer I felt to not only the location but the characters themselves and the more I wanted to escape to Mure and see the place for myself.


This book will have you wanting to escape to the seaside or the country or somewhere that feels like home. Agent Mystery Case


Without wanting to issue spoilers (that’s not my review style), I found the love interests in the book far from predictable. Not far enough that they weren’t believable. Not close enough that we came anywhere close to the ending I imagined.


The Summer Seaside Kitchen makes for the perfect holiday read. Not on holidays when you read it… I’m guessing you soon will be.


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