A grand baronial house on Loch Ness, a quirky small-town bookseller, and a single mom looking for a fresh start all come together in this witty and warm-hearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan.
Desperate to escape from London, single mother Zoe wants to build a new life for herself and her son Hari. She can barely afford the crammed studio apartment on a busy street where honking horns and shouting football fans keep them awake all night. If she doesn’t find a way out soon, Zoe knows it’s just a matter of time before she has a complete meltdown. On a whim, she answers an ad for a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands, which is about as far away from the urban crush of London as possible. It sounds heavenly!
The job description asks for someone capable of caring for three “gifted children”, two of which behave like feral wolverines. The children’s widowed father is a wreck, and the kids run wild in a huge tumbledown castle on the heather-strewn banks of Loch Ness. Still, the peaceful, picturesque location is everything London is not—and Zoe rises to the challenges of the job.
With the help of Nina, the friendly local bookseller, Zoe begins to put down roots in the community. Are books, fresh air, and kindness enough to heal this broken family—and her own…?
This is my first book by Jenny Colgan.
Zoe is a single mom to her son Hari. Hari’s dad pops in and out on a whim but is no help at all. She is struggling and so is Hari. Hari’s sister, who knew nothing about Hari steps in and helps Zoe out. Finds her a job and a place to stay. She’s to help run a bookmobile for Nina, who is pregnant and be an au pair to 3 kids, whose mom’s mysteriously left them.
It’s not easy, that’s for sure. Hari still isn’t talking. The 3 children hate her and she’s sure Nina doesn’t like her either. It’s a no-win situation for her. Yet, she keeps plugging away. In hopes that her efforts aren’t in vain. Her biggest obstacle is getting the 3 kids to shape up and actually listen and not run wild. Their situation is terrible and she is trying her best.
Can she run the bookmobile the way Nina wants? Can she help Ramsay with his children? Can she help Hari open up? Better yet, can she help herself and move on from Hari’s dad?
This is a good story, with great characters. I loved the flow of the words, the pitch of the story. There are spots that are wordy. Overall it comes together pretty good. The only character I didn’t like was Jaz, Hari’s dad. He seemed very selfish. Otherwise, they were all great. The children all had larger than life personalities, which children should have.