Thursday, March 28, 2024

Book Review for Studies at the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

 Maggie Adair #4

Studies at the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

Published March 26, 2024 by Avon

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Taken from Goodreads:
  The long-awaited and never-before published finale in New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan’s delightful School by the Sea series. After all those lessons, it’s time to graduate.... Beloved literature teacher Maggie Adair loves her life at the prestigious Downey House boarding school on the gloriously sunny, windy English coast. It was there that she found her footing as a teacher and fell in love with her colleague David—the two great anchors of her life. But these days Maggie’s feeling restless, lured by the promise of a different life back in her Scottish hometown. How can you follow your heart when it seems to be taking you in two directions at once? Meanwhile, Maggie’s favorite students are abuzz at the thought of graduation and set to fly the nest to their next adventure. What will life hold for mercurial Fliss, glamorous Alice, and shy, hard-working Simone when they finally finish their studies at the school by the sea? Will Maggie stay to welcome the next class of girls, or will she too graduate to new adventures?


My Thoughts:  I did not read any other books in this series and there is no doubt that I should have.     This is a series that should be read in order. 

Although I had not read any other books, I am a fan of Jenny Colgan.  Her characters are always quirky, her stories are unique and easy to read.  Studies at the School by the Sea is all of that and more.  I enjoyed the relationship of David and Maggie, although at times I felt it leaned more towards a high school relationship than an adult relationship.   Maggie was a little whiny at times and should have talked to David more instead of just dwelling in her own thoughts.    

This is not my favorite Jenny Colgan book but I will pick up her next book.   She is a hit and miss author for me, although there are more hits than misses.

 Thank you Avon Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Meet Jenny Colgan (taken from her website):
 Jenny Colgan was born in Scotland and has lived in London, the Netherlands, the U.S. and France. She eventually settled on the wettest of all of these places, and currently lives just North of Edinburgh with her husband Andrew, her dog Nevil Shute, and her three children: Wallace, who is 11 and likes pretending to be 19 and not knowing what this embarrassing ‘family’ thing is that keeps following him about; Michael-Francis, who is 9 and likes making new friends on aeroplanes, and Delphine who is 7 and is mostly raccoon as far as we can tell so far.  


Things Jenny likes include: cakes, far too much Doctor Who, wearing Converse trainers every day so her feet are now just gigantic big flat pans; baths only slightly cooler than the surface of the sun and very very long books, the longer the better. 

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