Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan


Addition: Netgalley review e-book
Genre: Chick-lit
Published: 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their townhouse, she has to move miles away from everyone, to the sleepy little seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop.

And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it.

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.

I received this book from Netgalley to review – thank you!

I love Jenny Colgan! Her recent novels have been brilliant. When I saw that this book was available on Netgalley I was desperate to read it. It is safe to say, she didn’t let me down with this latest novel – I loved it!

I enjoyed this book from the first page. I found that I just wanted to pass the time just sat in the armchair reading this novel! There isn’t anything unusual about the storyline. This is your typical chick-lit – girl faces disaster and break-up, girl finds new life, girl finds new love. Yet, I loved it! Colgan is so engaging in her writing. I felt like I was there with Polly. The writing was descriptive – the way she described the drive through the countryside on Huckle’s motorbike made it sound breathtaking – and Polbearne sounded beautiful. I found myself full of empathy for Polly the whole way through the novel. Colgan is a fantastic chick-lit author and this is a great read.

I liked all the characters in this book. I thought they were all well written and even those who perhaps weren’t the focus of the story stood out. I really liked Polly. I found myself rooting for her from the first pages – she is written in a way that makes it hard to dislike her. I did like Tarnie and Huckle too – the possible romances. Both were sweet and kind, and both looked out for Polly. However, they weren’t the stand out characters for me. I liked Jayden, the young lad who hated the sea yet was a fisherman! He was cheeky and funny, I felt his character was brilliant in the book. I also found Reuben, the rich, eccentric America very funny. The thought put into these “lesser” characters really made the book for me. I also have mention Neil the Puffin. He was amazing and I now want a puffin as a pet!

There were the inevitable twists and turns in this chick-lit novel. There are moments of such sadness – and not involving a broken heart – and moments where I laughed out loud. There is the usual confusion over love. I find myself wondering, would I prefer a novel where the lead character meets her man, goes on a few dates, makes it Facebook official that they are in a relationship, and get engaged and married after a couple of years…normality?! We never see that in a chick-lit novel but never mind! However, that random thought aside, this was a great book. It had a fantastic storyline. It is set in a beautiful location (I love the sea!) and it has some outstanding characters. This was not a let-down for me and I could have happily read it in one sitting. I have rated it 4 out of 5 because it was such a good read. Colgan is a great author and this is a must-read if you love chick-lit novels.

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