Book Review: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Thank you NetGalley and the publishers, Little Brown Book Group UK, for the review copy of this book. Apologies for the delay in posting the review, I had some personal constraints that didn’t allow me to post the review on time.

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This book takes off where Little Beach Street Bakery ended. But for those (like me) who hadn’t read the first book, the author provides a short and quick account of what happened so far. That really helped, as I might have been clueless otherwise.

Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. It’s summer and she has been running her bakery on Little Beach Street and she is in love with her boyfriend Huckle, an American who makes his own honey. The two of them have also bought a run-down lighthouse to live in. And yes, she also has her pet puffin, Neil, who is everyone’s favourite. So much so that he is even allowed into the bakery by affectionate customers, much to Polly’s exasperation, as all her efforts to discipline the bird are of no use.

They live in a little coastal town, Mount Polbearne, in Cornwall where the tide comes in twice a day and covers the causeway.

Life is perfect for Polly. There is not much more that she wants or needs. However things start to change with a few new people coming into town.

Selina, recently widowed, moves into Mount Polbearne to see if the little town allows her to heal, but Polly might have a secret that could shatter Selina.

To complicate matters further, Mrs Manse, the owner of the bakery, from whom Polly took over when she retired, passes away. Mrs Manse was still the owner of the bakery, and her rather annoying nephew has more than a few words to say about the way Polly has been running the bakery.

Suddenly Polly faces the possibility of losing everything that she loves. All she can do is what she knows best, bake, and hope that the magic of her breads work their magic.

A charming read. A perfect holiday read. Lovely, interesting characters, enough little twists to keep your interest till the very end. Neil, puffin, has to have a special mention! He is so very adorable!

The author brings to life the little coastal town. Such a charming existence, it’s no wonder that tourists throng such a place, it made me want to pack my bags and head there for summer. The life of the locals is beautifully brought out. The challenges and the fun of living in such a place. I love books that make me want to go live in the place they are set in. This was one such book.

The author also leaves us with recipes. Recipes that had me drooling. They will definitely be tried out.

A 3.5/5 book. The perfect holiday read, guaranteed to leave you with a smile.


About the Author

 is the author of numerous bestselling novels – most recently Little Beach Street Bakery and the Top 5 bestseller Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2013. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café was also aSunday Times Top 10 bestseller, and won the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France.

This book is available from Amazon(UK).

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