It’s a tour day today, and I have a treat of a title to share – Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery!Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Published by HarperCollins on March 31st 2015
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A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship.
To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey—courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered bright new life where she least expected—a heartwarming, mouthwatering modern-day Chocolat that has already become a massive international bestseller.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I quite like Jenny Colgan’s flavor of starting-over stories, they’re fun and sweet and always leave me with a smile. I guess food
With a bankrupt business and a despondent ex-boyfriend, Polly finds herself on the isolated Cornish tidal town of Polbearne, the closest place within an hour of her former life with rent she can afford. Her flat should’ve been condemned (but then it wouldn’t be available for her to rent!), her landlady has a hostile attitude, and her first friend there is a bird.
I loved Polly’s attitude. Sure, she’s down – nothing’s panned out the way she’d have liked it to, and here she is, starting over in her early thirties with no money, no home, and no man. But there’s always bread! So Polly starts baking her woes away.
And pretty soon finds herself surrounded by locals drawn to the smells of her baking. Locals who set up a surreptitious exchange of goods and money in return for her baked goodies, because nobody wants to incur the wrath of her landlady, who’s also the proprietress of the local bakery… And voila, we go from poor Polly to independent-thinking, free-spirited, trouble-maker Polly.
There’s a little romantic possibility, a little gossipy angst, and a lot of heartbreak and loss. There’s personal growth, self-realization, and another romantic possibility. There’re reaffirming girlfriends, snarky flirtations, and unselfconscious acceptance. All of which mixes up one quirky, spunky, sparkly, witty, read. Definitely add this to your list if you enjoy a good tale and a cuppa to while away a few hours!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Little Beach Street Bakery? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of Little Beach Street Bakery for you. This one’s open to US residents only; no PO Boxes please. To enter, fill out the form below before April 21st. Good luck!