I adore this series, Jenny Colgan takes us into island life off the coast of England, and transports us into a world of her making. And Neil – oh how I adored Neil – and the relationship with Polly. No, this isn’t pure romance but it is a love story, full of small town feel, the raw power of the sea, baking bread and some wonderful characters. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of Three Print Copies of SUMMER AT LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY, But first…
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
I adore this series, it’s one of my favorites combining my endless fascination with all things Brit, compelling characters, a touch of drama, a dash of humor and a story that transports. Jenny Colgan writes with an openness that draws readers in to the place and situations.
An island off the coast of Cornwall, busy in summer with tourists yet nearly deserted and quiet in the off season is home to people used to a harder life: fishing the ocean, dealing with the vagaries of tide and isolation, generations eeking out their survival. Into this mix is Polly, a mainlander and outsider, choosing the island of Mount Polbearne after a break up and near financial ruination forced her hand. Now settling in and finding her place, she’s discovering just who she is, and how different it is from that which she expected.
The time she’s been on the island has been full of ups and downs: but with Huckle the honey farmer on her side, and Neil the Puffin enjoying his sidecar rides from their new lighthouse home to her small bakery on the main street – things couldn’t’ t be belter. Until they get worse…
A fight over the costs at the bakery after the owner’s unexpected death forces some difficult decisions and a rash move for Polly, determined to hold on. Facing potential disaster and the chance of losing all she has worked so hard to build, and with Huckle back in America dealing with a situation caused by his brother, this is a tough time for Polly, undermining the hard won confidence and happiness. Back and forth the story goes, not unlike life, and you can’t help but want everything to work out for Polly.
I love this story, rife with second and third chances, there for the taking should one only chance to reach for them. While it seemed that Polly often made choices in haste, the true beauty is in her willingness to try to do what will be best: and to be as open and friendly as possible. There are few moments where you don’t cheer for Polly, wish ill on those who seek to harm her business as you picture every moment, longing to be there.
Title: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
Author: Jenny Colgan
Series: Little Beach Street Bakery #2
Also in this series: Little Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery, Sunrise by the Sea
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 22 March 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 54 minutes
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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?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.