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Publisher's Summary

Flora is forced to move back to the tiny island of Mure from the bright lights of London. It's tough: even the beautiful landscapes and bright blue sea can't lift her spirits - she's too busy looking after her dad and her feckless brothers. Then she chances upon her mum's collection of recipes and begins to cook her way through it. As she reconnects with her family and the place she was born, might she also find herself?

©2017 Jenny Colgan (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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Don’t want to finish

I haven’t finished this book yet but I love it soooooo much that I want to share it ASAP. I can just taste the food described and see the landscape. I even want to move there.

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  • Mari
  • Erskineville, Australia
  • 20-07-2017

Disappointing

I found this book to be unrealistic, even by chick-lit standards! Usually that doesn't bother me but the characters here were not that interesting and the narration was pretty ordinary. Read the 'Little Beach Street Bakery' series instead.

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A Lovely Book

This is an easy listening book with an enjoyable storyline and a cast of relatable characters.

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Good story

Loved the story it was fascinating I didn't really love the narration though it was very flat at times and boring.

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  • JulieGeorgiana
  • 20-02-2017

Different but brilliant!

At first this book was a bit slow, I was 1/3rd in before it grabbed me and from that moment until the end I didn't stop listening and just had to do the rest of it in one day... its style is different from what Jenny Colgan normally writes as it's written from 2 characters perspectives, I think had it not been this way I wouldn't have understood the motives of the second character or understood him at all. It made him more rounded and more human and I think that's what made the book so much more interesting. Absolutely a must read if your a JC fan. I think this is her best book to date.

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  • lisamw
  • 18-03-2018

Average rating as I wasn't that impressed with it.

Not her best. The narrator has a lovely melodic voice. Only 3 star rating now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-2018

keep looking

this is a real feel good book you will feel really good if you get to the end

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  • Molly brown
  • 12-01-2018

Magical!

This book was more than I expected it to be from the title and blurb.
Having recently cruised around the British isles, visiting Orkney I really enjoyed the descriptions of the light and air of the far north. It is indeed like a cold clear glass of water.
The romantic story line was a little predictable, but the characters of the island people were good. I loved the references to the myths of the north.
The book was brought to life by the narrator, I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much if I had read it

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  • Maya
  • 02-12-2017

Brilliant book- highly recommended!

Absolutely loved this audiobook- it’s the best I have listened to in ages.

The narrator’s voice is brilliant to listen to- a lilting Scottish accent which is really calming.

The storyline is strong and it has a different, maturer style to some of the other Jenny Colgan’s I have listened to.

If you like a witty romance with a good storyline around it, and a Scottish accent, get this book and you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Bernadette
  • 20-09-2017

A beautiful story well tools

This is the best audible book I've listened to. Wonderful storytelling take you to the island enjoying the tastes smells and scenery. I enjoyed it so much I will definitely listen to this over and over again

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  • H. Tansey
  • 19-09-2017

lovely descriptions proper fireside read

loved it gorgeous descriptions head full of the wildness of the islands and the story flowed wonderfully

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  • VB
  • 05-09-2017

Enjoyable!

Quite a predictable storyline but very enjoyable nonetheless, loved the Scottish accents and the history and traditions!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-2017

A nice holiday read

The performance was really good, but the American accents were a little abrasive. The story was pleasant, but it didn't grip me as much as Colgan's other books. I think I would have preferred to hear Joel's story, because it seems more complex. Overall, an enjoyable holiday read. I always like a story about pretty scenery, food, romance and new-found happiness.

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  • SJC
  • 10-08-2017

Northern Delights!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Summer Seaside Kitchen to be better than the print version?

This is a delightful summer story, romantic and eventful and is brought to life really well by the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the Nordic and folklore influences of the story.

Any additional comments?

I would really recommend this Audible edition of the story. It is well read and easy to listen to, engaging the listener. This is the first Jenny Colgan book I have listened to but I will be looking out for more!