Little Beach Street Bakery

Little Beach Street Bakery

Large Print - 2016
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Welcome to Polbearne, a Cornish tidal town where the men are hot and the women have plenty of emotional baggage. Colgan's (Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe; The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris) latest chick lit offering drops readers into the world of Polly Waterford. With a bankrupt business and an ex-boyfriend in her rear mirror, Polly moves to a dilapidated flat far away from the yuppie lifestyle she used to revere. Life on the island isn't perfect, but Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: baking bread. The bread not only nourishes her soul but also the townsfolk, and Polly finds herself operating a bakery with the help of new friends Huckle and Tarnie. As her relationships grow stronger, the real reasons behind each person's sabbatical to the island become clear. When tragedy strikes, the town pulls together like never before and Polly is faced with her toughest challenge yet. VERDICT A predictable but cozy read, perfect for chick lit lovers and those craving a mental vacation. Serve with a side of sourdough.-Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410495402
141049540X
Characteristics: 569 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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LauraSteinert
Aug 08, 2018

The perfect summer reading or winter weekend novel! A MUST READ for anyone who enjoys a well-written story of a woman finding herself. Polly loves to bake; I love to bake. Polly rescues a bird; I rescue birds. Polly gets a bit daft about her puffin; I'm a bit daft about my goose. Polly has a couple of disastrous relationships; I have had mine, too. How could I not LOVE this book (and yes, I cried when she set her puffin free).
Although there is good reason to call this a romance book, that is not at all The Little Beach Street Bakery is. I would absolutely classify this as a novel. So novel, romance, humorous story, bildungsroman, what ever it is you may want to call it, it is well worth the few hours it takes to read it. It is almost impossible to put down.
Read the first half with a cup of coffee or two while your dough is rising. Read the second half with your fresh from the oven focaccia and a glass of wine and a bit of cheese, or your white bread and a bit of local honey (recipes included).

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TheresaAJ
Jul 03, 2018

Polly Waterford lands in Mount Polbearne, Cornwall when the graphic business she ran with her long-time boyfriend collapses. As she struggles to find her way back to solvency, Polly comes under the spell of the Cornish coast, her love of baking, and an American beekeeper named Huckle. Colgan has a knack of creating memorable characters -- even to finding redeeming characteristics in the unlikable and the grouchy. The perfect book for any beach vacation, not just one on the English seaside. This is the first book in what has been dubbed the Polly and the Puffin series.

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Shellie1_us
Jun 21, 2018

This book has a unexpectedly touching storyline about the Cornish island , and it's people. Polly goes to live there as she cannot afford mainland rents. The locals are a colorful bunch, and I love puffin Neil, and Polly's type A friend Kerensa. The book is realistic about how hard it is in remote rural areas to keep enough jobs available, and to keep a small town running. I like that Polly becomes a baker, and loved reading about the breads she bakes, and the real recipes the author includes I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

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vpazreads
Feb 12, 2018

Overall a fun beach read, but the second half fell flat for me as characters become less believable.

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Jessi52
Feb 03, 2018

Book one of the Little beach Street Bakery series. Living in a secluded area in England, where they get landlocked as the tide comes in. interesting people and experiences. Enjoyed the, Love Neil.

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DeeB2015
Aug 27, 2017

I enjoyed the book, nice light reading for being on the couch with the flu.
Made me want to get up and bake something,.....almost!

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abbi_g
Apr 08, 2017

Little Beach Street Bakery was a fun novel to read. I admired Polly's character, specifically her decision to move away and make a life for herself despite the opinions of her loved ones. I can identify with her in that regard, including moving from a big city to a smaller town.

This is the second novel that I've read written by Jenny Colgan; and I am not afraid to admit that I'm becoming a fan of her books.

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1oneup
Oct 20, 2016

Chose the book for its covered then really enjoyed the book and it's sequel.

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Starpoem
Sep 20, 2016

This book was much sadder than I expected. But I did love the subplot with the puffin.

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Audjack
Jun 16, 2016

An engaging glimpse into life in rural England. Enjoyed the book thoroughly and her characters are very real. I will definitely read her other books.

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