The Endless Beach is
a wonderful story of a little community and how the lives
of the residents intertwine, for better or worse. Flora MacKenzie
thinks she has her life in order. She is back in her childhood
home on the Scottish island of Mure, running a café
and totally in love with her former boss now boyfriend, Joel.
However, Joel hides so much of his emotions from Flora, she
wonders if things are as rosy as she wants them to be. Add
to that her brother’s wedding with Joel’s boss,
a headstrong imp of a niece, and her best friend’s crush
on the new doctor and Flora has her hands full.
Lorna has fallen
head over heels in love with Saif, the Syrian refugee who
is the island’s new doctor. Saif is mourning his separation
from his wife and children, whom he fears are dead. When the
boys are found but not their mother, Saif becomes a single
father in a new land. He has to raise two traumatized boys
while grieving for his beloved wife. Where does Lorna fit
in his life?
this book is a great story about how the troubles of life
are made durable by family, friends, and community. The characters
have really hard things thrown at them, but they also have
each other. The Endless Beach is one of those books
where you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, all the
while hoping for a sequel.
Reviews of other titles by Jenny Colgan
at Little Beach Street Bakery