Review: Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan

little beach street bakeryAmid 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.

Rating: 3/5

Sometimes you just need a feel-good fluff read, mmmkay? I had a good experience with the author’s previous novel, The Little Bookshop of Happily Ever After, and so I thought I’d give one of her other books a go.

And while its now only the second one of Colgan’s that I’ve read, a formula is still immediately apparent – a strong focus on economic uncertainty and tough financial times for the heroine who must rely on her own hands-on abilities, and the appearance of two love interests, the first of whom will meet some kind of tragic end. But these aren’t necessarily bad things – in fact, I think it’s a pretty refreshing change to the contemporary romance books saturated with twenty-somethings dripping in privilege.

And Colgan is brilliant at evoking settings – both the beauty and the inconvenience that comes with them. Living on a quaint island? Sure, it’s great, until you get stuck because the tide’s too high and you can’t get across the causeway. Or the terrifying waves and wind and general run-down state of your new glorified shack aka home sweet home.

Also, this book will make you hungry. You will crave carbs. Freshly baked bread and all sorts of deliciousness.

“Oh my God, did I fall asleep?”
“I hope so. Either that, or it was quite a fast coma.”

All in all, formulaic but a gently humorous and enjoyable distraction – just what I needed!

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2 thoughts on “Review: Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan

  1. Okay, if the character is named Polly and lives in a flat, this must be set in England, which I love. Baking, I love. You had me until “the appearance of two love interests, the first of whom will meet some kind of tragic end.” ???? Not my favorite way to end a love triangle, but maybe I will try her books out.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Lol, yes, forgot to specify it was indeed UK-based. Can’t remember the exact location offhand! I would recommend one of the author’s other works, which I read this year and loved – “The Bookshop on the Corner”.

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