I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Length: 12 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary
Published by Sphere Pages: 464
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Veida Dehmlow
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Also by this author: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, 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.
What I thought of this book.
Things are not going well for Polly as her and her husband lost their business. Then they find out that it’s just not working between them, so she moves to a little seaside resort in Cornwell. She really has no clue what she is going to do there but she starts to bake bread.
Innocently she gives some of her bread to some fisherman that she meets and soon she is getting yelled at by the local baker because she thinks she has come to run her out of business. Polly’s bread is so much better than the older woman’s bread because she has started buying it instead of making it.
She was told that there was another outsider there so she goes to meet him and finds out he is an American. Huckle is a handsome, muscular guy who has come to this tiny little place in England to get away from a bad break up. His home is in Savannah Georgia. He has been making honey which goes great with her bread.
Soon Polly finds the old lady out late at night and she falls in the water and Polly has to fish her out. The hospital keeps her and everyone thinks that Polly should take her place and bake bread. She doesn’t want to step on the older ladies territory but she does go in and clean up her bakery. When she is told that the older lady needs someone to help her, she reluctantly goes and works with her.
Soon though it’s clear that they are not going to get along and Polly opens her own bakery that is still owned by Jillian the older lady. She will take on baking the breads and the older lady will sell her donuts, and other pasties. Soon her little bakery is thriving and she has to hire some help.
A lot of things happen to Polly while she is in this little town and she soon thinks of it as home.
I don’t normally read Chick Lit type novels but this one sounded cute and I must have been in the right mood as I almost listened to this whole thing in one day while I was working around the house. It just sucked me in and I wanted to know what was going to happen. Some times you just need to grab a different genre to you going fresh again.
Polly is an interesting character, she is making a fresh start in a small town. She is not even sure at first if she will stay there but she soon starts to make a lot of friends and the town grows on her and just becomes her new start. She loves baking bread. She endures somethings while there but it’s all a part of finding herself again.
I really enjoyed all the secondary characters from the fisherman to Huckle, to even the mean old lady. 🙂
It has a bit of romance in it but mostly it’s about friendships in a new town and starting again. I really enjoyed it and if you are into Chick Lit then you might like it too.
This was the first time I had listened to Veida Dehmlow that wasn’t a historical romance. She has a nice voice and once I got into the flow of things it was good. Her male voices are not so great though and take a while get use too. They sound a bit gruff as if they half got a sore throat…lol. 🙂
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Alphabet Soup Challenge 2016
- Audiobook Challenge 2016
- Winter COYER