Ok, I’ll admit it.
It took me entirely too long to finish The Little Beach Street Bakery, not because the book wasn’t enjoyable, but because a million other things got in the way. I started it after finishing Dark Matter in Mexico, and read about half of it the last day of our trip. After that, I needed to finish Arthur Pepper, then my library hold on You Are A Badass came through, then I had to read If There’s No Tomorrow, and then my library hold on Jenny’s newest, The Cafe by the Sea came through (spoiler – I only made it like 25% of the way through before my hold expired, so now I’m waiting again). Excuses, excuses, I know. All that to say, the poor little bakery sat unattended for weeks.
I mentioned in my beach reads post how much I loved the first book I read by Jenny Colgan, The Bookshop on the Corner. I had high hopes that it wasn’t a one-time love, either; that I’d be just as thrilled with any of Colgan’s other works. While The Little Beach Street Bakery wasn’t *quite* as fantastic as The Bookshop on the Corner, I’m happy to report that Jenny Colgan has won a spot on my must-read-authors list.
Storywise, this one has some similarities, in that it’s a woman looking for a fresh start. She finds it in an unexpected town, where she knows no one, and somehow manages to turn something she loves into a way to earn a living. There’s a love interest, but that’s not the central part of the story. There’s a best friend, and best of all, there’s a PUFFIN named Neil.
Seriously, how much more could a girl want?
Paperback: 416 pages Published: March 2014 by Sphere Source: Purchased
The Little Beach Street Bakery on Goodreads
Amid the ruins of her latest relationship, Polly Waterford moves far away to the sleepy seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives in a small, lonely flat above an abandoned shop.
To distract her from 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, olives and chorizo, and the local honey-courtesy of a handsome local beekeeper. Drawing on reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes . . . and discovers a bright new life where she least expected it.
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