Monday 16 March 2015

A Review of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Review of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan - Five **

Blurb: Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn't be happier. Because Polly is in love: she's in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she's in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she's in love with her boyfriend, Huckle.

And yet there's something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that's floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend's fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he'd left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?


It was lovely to immerse myself in Cornwall once more and meet all the characters from Little Beach Street Bakery. This book continues the story and was an absolute joy to read. 

Pressures on Polly and Huckle's relationship, their home in the lighthouse, changes at the bakery and the reappearance of Selina all blend together wonderfully in a woven tale about life on a Cornish island. I find Jenny's descriptions so colourful and her characters are all so very three dimensional. In fact, I am often surprised when I look up, to find I am not actually in Mount Polbearne!

Got very emotional over Neil - that Puffin deservedly stars in a children's book by Jenny now. Such a lovely little bird - "eeping" away :) 

Personally, I think these two books should form the foundation for a TV series! Think it would be wonderful.

Really hope we can have at least one more book based in Mount Polbearne!

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