Flora MacKenzie is a transplant from the Island of Mure in
Scotland. She lives and works in London as a paralegal at a
prestigious law firm, and has a huge crush on her boss,
attorney Joel Binder, who does not even know she is alive.
Joel is an overwhelming success in law, only dates blonde
models once, then moves on. He has no interest in
relationships and lives for his work, and the next big deal.
He is delighted when a new client, Colton Rogers, a mega
rich tycoon who made his fortune through tech start ups,
seeks his help. Colton is building "The Rock," a fabulous
five star resort on the Island of Mure and needs local
support for getting the proper zoning rules passed in his
favor. A windmill farm is scheduled to be built, which will
spoil his view and he wants it stopped. He was informed
that Joel has a Scottish employee from Mure and wants her to
go there at once and work on his behalf. Joel does not
hesitate to send Flora.
Returning home after the death of her mother three years
ago, Flora returns to the family farm, her father who is
suffering from the loss of his beloved wife, and his three
sons, who are not warm in their sister's welcome. She finds
a mess in the house and they only eat take-out fish and
chips from across the street. When she finds her mother's
notebook filled with her recipes, Flora begins to cook and
charm her family. She impresses the town folks and begins
to help Colton Rogers reach his dream. Many colorful
characters emerge and slowly but surely coming home again
does not seem so bad to Flora.
Customs and traditions on this lovely island along with an
intoxicating mixture of food and wine combine to create a
romantic story about finding your way home.
Flora has two male attractions that interest her; Charlie,
the local boy, and Joel, her long admired boss, who comes to
Mure and falls under its' spell, or is it Flora's spell?
Jenny Colgan writes a delicious story that is funny, touches
the heart with the "coming out" of her brother, Fintan and
his attraction to Colton Rogers. The evolving "Cafe by the
Sea" is pure delight and there Flora finally knows she is at
home at last. This book is 100% lovable and I look forward
to the next offering from Jenny Colgan. She has a new fan.
I loved it!
The beloved author of The Bookshop on the
Corner returns with a sparkling, sunny, soulful new
novel perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.
Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she
grew up -- and she hasn't looked back. What would have
done on Mure? It's a place where everyone has known
her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past.
In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous,
ambitious... and hopeleslly in love with her boss.
But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she's
suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers -- all
strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework
-- and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion,
Flora discovers a passion for cooking -- and find herself
restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a
café by the sea.
But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with
past mistakes -- and work out exactly where her future lies...
Funny and heartfelt, The Café by the Sea is
a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on
the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers