Monday, 23 February 2015

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
By Jenny Colgan
Published by Little, Brown Book Group UK (26 February 2015)
ISBN: 978-0751553918

Publisher's description
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?

My verdict
I have always enjoyed Jenny Colgan's books for some light feel-good relief and this was no exception. I read her previous Little Beach Street Bakery book last summer.

This book yet again brings Cornwall to life, with fun endearing characters and lots of mishaps. It's chick lit at its best and not the formulaic girl meets boy storyline. This has a hint of tragedy alongside the warmth and entertainment, including a tame penguin and a rundown lighthouse.

read the book in just a few hours. It's ideal for a night in, curled up on the settee with a hot cup of tea and a big bar of chocolate. You don't necessarily need to read the first Little Beach Street Bakery book before this one, but I think it helps to give you the background and meet the characters.

I hope Jenny Colgan has a third Little Beach Street Bakery book in the pipeline.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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