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(Maggie Adair #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  920 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews

It's about love lives . . .
Maggie has been dating Stan for years - safe, comfortable and about as exciting as soggy toast. Can their relationship survive? Especially when Maggie meets David McDonald, her opposite number at the boys' boarding school over the hill. Every single girl in the school has a crush on him, but not Maggie . . . yet.

It's about school lives . . .
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2008)
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Eileen Some details have been edited. Very few. It was published under Jane Beaton yes. It is the same novel. I am reading it now, very good. It has Jenny…moreSome details have been edited. Very few. It was published under Jane Beaton yes. It is the same novel. I am reading it now, very good. It has Jenny Colgan's touch :) (less)
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Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on Between My LinesClass by Jenny Colgan is a fast, fun, frivolous read that stirred up nostalgic feels for all the boarding school books of my childhood.  And just to clear up any confusion, they were originally published under the pen name Jane Beaton, but later under the author's real name - Jenny Colgan.

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I devoured boarding school books when I was younger, and to this
Mandy Radley
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading the Mallory Towers books when I was in junior school? This is the adult version.
Robin Stevens
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Colgan wrote a school story for grown-ups?! SIGN ME UP! This is trademark Colgan with a dash of Trebizon and St Clare's - totally charming and lovely. Hooray! (14+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
Sarah Lee
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved Welcome to the Little School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan. It so reminded me of the old boarding school novels I used to read when i was young. Jenny has used the boarding school formula but has updated it and made it modern.
Maggie sets off to Cornwall from Scotland, completely out of her depth as the new English teacher at Downey House. Simone, is a new scholarship girls who has trouble fitting in and Fliss just so does not want to be at Downey House she may just do anything to leave
Rachel Gilbey
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a child I devoured every school story I could get my hands on, St Clare's, Mallory Towers, The Naughtiest Girl in the School, Sweet Valley (most of the series), Trebizon and almost certainly others. Fast forward perhaps 25 years, and I discover that Jenny Colgan one of my favourite authors has re-released her first two books in the Maggie Adair series.

Clearly I had no choice but to not only buy the books, but start reading as soon as I could, and I am so glad that I had the time toda
Kirstie King
I really enjoyed this book. Jane/Jenny's characterisation just make you want to read on. I've already ordered book #2 and eagerly await the next instalments of this series.
Julie Jones
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and easy, light-hearted fun.
Kerry Lloyd
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book from start to finish, couldn't put it down! The characters are loveable and so easy to follow.

Maggie, who is from Glasgow is the new English teacher at Downey house school for girls in Cornwall. But not everyone's happy especially Stan, Maggie's boyfriend. Who has worked at the same place since he left school and doesn't like change! But Maggie wants a change from teaching at the same school she attended.

Simone won a scholarship to Downey House. She doesn't come from
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading the books by Jenny Colgan/Jane Beaton. They are light reading filled with humour and wit. I particularly enjoyed this one as I attended an All Girls' boarding school (not as a boarder though as we had 'day bugs' there as well). It brought back many memories for me and I'm looking forward to reading the second in this series.
Heather Graham
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put the book down. As soon as the male assessor arrived I knew who he was, it didn't spoil it in any way.
I can't wait to read to the next instalment.
Claire Hennessy
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boarding-schools
Described on the cover, by Sophie Kinsella, as “like Malory Towers for grown-ups”. Oh, indeed. This is a boarding school story which has everything you need in a boarding school story (false accusations of thievery! Practical jokes! A school play!), with an extra knowing nod towards issues around privilege, education, and bureaucracy. The story focuses on new English teacher, twenty-five-year-old Maggie, who’s come from a rough school in Glasgow and is delighted to be there, if worried about fit ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Takes me back to Mallory Towers but fir adults, great story,
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed in this book. I usually love Jenny Colgan but this wasn't her best. Won't be bothering to read the next one.
Karen Whittard
Very disappointed in this book. I usually love Jenny colgan books but this one not so much. It didn't have the same writing feel as the other books where I'm hocked from the start.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Class and its successor, Rules, were written by the very well known Jenny Colgan, disguised as Jane Beaton. Only nobody had heard of Jane Beaton so most people, me included, neither knew about them nor read them. As a result the books have now been re-released under Jenny’s name and will hopefully draw a much wider readership.

I loved Jenny/Jane’s introduction - I also loved boarding school books as a child, and no, I never knew what lacrosse was either. (Has anyone ever played it in real life?)
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I mildly liked this book, but it was too much like a modernised Enid Blyton to really work for me. It's set in Cornwall, with a private school in a castle-like building, and focuses on two new pupils (a scholarship pupil and a more typical private school type pupil), a new teacher (from a Glasgow comprehensive) and the headteacher who has a secret.

The scholarship pupil (Simone) is nervous and has a difficult time initially. Fliss, the other new pupil, doesn't want to be at the school and makes t
Jenny Colgan's books are usually associated with feel-good vibes that warm up your fuzzy heart. This book is no different.

Here's my challenge when reading this though. Halfway through, I could no longer contain my annoyance and exasperation because it looks to be a poorer imitation of Enid Blyton. Having spent much of my childhood reading Enid Blyton including Mallory Towers and St. Claire, I could see several aspects of it in this title. You have the French teacher, you have the jokes, see whe
Paula Nichols
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Did you love the boarding school stories like Mallory Towers as a kid? Did you go back and read them as an adult? (you can admit this one, I won't tell!)? Then this is for you. The wit and storytelling finesse of Colgan combined with the boarding school stories I loved gives the grown up version with the teachers perspective, with some of the girls activities thrown in. It is exactly the type of story I have been waiting for, and it is a shame that so far there are only 2 books published in the ...more
Nicola Clough
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book and always as a child use to love books about schools and good to go back to those days. It's a story of love and if it can test the time of being apart. Very well written. Maggie is going out with her boyfriend but wants a change from where she works at the school she also went to so applies for a job miles away at a boarding school she doesn't expect to get it but does she fit in or not and can she stay in love with her boyfriend living so far apart. Very easy read.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why oh why did I leave this book on my book shelf for so long ?? I loved this book, it was a real refreshing, light-hearted read that actually made me want to go to boarding school!!

I pictured some of the characters as well known people - Maggie to me was Emma Stone , Flisss’ Mum was Matilda (movie) Mum and Simone I pictured as Bernie from Eastenders !!

There was a constant vibe to this story sometimes a mischievous vibe or at other times a fun, bouncy vibe.

I can’t wait to read the next instal
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Colgan is a thoroughly great human, judging by her social media presence. And I've read other Jenny Colgan books (from the Little Beach Street bakery series) and they were so lovely! But this one has a strange focus on the weight and shape of female bodies. I found it so distracting and depressing. It's a shame because some of the characters (Simone and Fliss in particular) are quite believable and I'd like to know how things turn out for them... but I can't stomach all the references to S ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual Jenny Colgan has penned another wonderful tale, this time a boarding school adventure for adults. It’s a book she wrote a while back under the name ‘Jane Beaton’.
The story revolves around Maggie the new English teacher from Scotland at the Boarding School in Cornwall. We also hear the story from two of the schools newest pupils Simone and Fliss.
It’s a fun easy read and you can’t help but become involved from the beginning .
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is not super high-quality literature, but it was exactly what I needed and perfect in its own right, so I am giving it five stars. It is basically a boarding school book for adults. It has all the same elements as the traditional boarding school books have, but then you also get the perspective of the teacher, which rather interesting. What is mostly interesting is that the main character, Maggie, comes from a rather bad comprehensive school in Glasgow and takes up the job at a posh private ...more
Victoria Frow
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Liked how even though there was a clear main character you still got to see how the other charaters developed as you got to see the story from their point of view not just the main character's point of view. Story was well developed but I did see the twist coming which was a bit disappointing. Recommend.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Endearing, but some aspects of the satirical humour didn't land particularly well, mkaing it come across a bit Daily Mail-ish in place. (Notably the caricature school inspector asking why they don't celebrate Winterval instead of Christmas. *eye roll*) The characters were likeable and interesting enough that I am likely to give the sequel a go nonetheless.
Sharon Chadd
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I have had this book in my collection for a while and wanted to give it the time I needed to be completely engrossed. Engrossed I was! It took me a day to live the lives of all at the school and I ate up every page! Well done Jenny! Can't wait to return to read the next year's antics. Took me back to my day teens and the wonderful titles of my youth xxx
Stephen Walton
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twee interesting story that's light and entertaining. Enjoyed it even though there was no thunder and lightning , looking forward to listening to the follow up to see what happens to Stan the plank lol
Catherine Makin
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. Jenny/Jane is such a good writer. Lots of laughs in this one. I’m looking forward to reading Rules and i’m also looking forward to read the next books in the series when they are published.
Yvonne Morgan
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this Boarding school story ...but a times did find it not very engageing ....found myself wondering if l should ditch it..but glad i went the extra mile in the end...but still its no where near her best work.
Michelle Wiles
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books
This is the first in a series of 6 books, although I'm not sure if more than 2 have been written or re-released yet. This is a story about a boarding school and follows the first year of 2 very different students and a new teacher. I really enjoyed the story and will be looking out for book 2.
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