REVIEW: The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Little Beach St Bakery

What it’s all about:

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.

My Thoughts:

Half reading and listening on the go this book was just the most delightful thing and such a nice mind relaxer. The first book that I actually wanted to read in a while and waited patiently for. On Wednesday when I woke up to get ready for my night shift there was a package and on opening I squealed a little as IT WAS HERE! Needless to say on the way to work I started to devour Colgan’s latest book and did not want to put it down.

After the first couple of chapters I have to say I was not enamoured as usually by this point of reading there is a fair idea about what is happening in the book. Currently I was lost but unwilling to give up. Powering through and swapping here and there from Audible back to Paperback the pace was increased and my love for the story and characters grew. Colgan’s descriptive writing is just fabulous as it really helps the reader get into the book and feel as though you are part of it.

Laughing and at some points on the edge of tears this book was most certainly more of an emotional read than others written. The main character Polly was the girl next door with a broken heart and home that just wanted to start again. At some point in our lives I think all of us can identify with at least 50% of that description and it really hit home. Upping sticks and starting again in a new town where ‘nobody knows your name (!)’ is what I can only imagine as one of the most difficult things you could contemplate let alone get on and do.

The ramshackle town of Mount Polbearne (In Cornwall) is described as off the beaten track (quite literally) and if the tide is up then you have no hope of getting in or out. The perfect remote location to gather your thoughts and start afresh right? Tearing away from her friends, family and the life that she thought was her forever more Polly treks to ‘the isle’ with a sad, sorry box of belongings and gives it a damn good go.

With her happy-go-lucky charm and a smile painted on with her puffin by her side Polly kneaded on and made something that was ‘just for her’. Struggling with the current owner, land lady and town spokesperson (or so it seemed!) Polly woke at the crack of dawn and went to sleep in the dead of night trying to prove the point that she really was good at what she did – Baking Bread (and other doughy treats!). Proud of her accomplishments she could finally open up her heart and begin to live again. When tragedy struck the little village that she now calls home everyone pulled together for remembrance, song, dance and just a general good time.

Wedding and baby booms aside this book really is something special and a great read to remind you that it is the little things that count. Also if you want something there is nothing but yourself standing in the way of fighting to get it. With plenty of puffin jokes this book is by far highly recommended. I could tell you that it has a sad or happy ending but I won’t as I really think you should read it for yourself. But I will leave you with this song that may make you weep into your pillow but may not until you have read the book!

I wish I was a fisherman
Tumbling on the seas
Far away from dry land
And its bitter memories
Casting out my sweet line
With abandonment and love
No ceiling bearing down on me
‘Cept the starry sky above
With light in my head
You in my arms
Woohoo!

Rating

rating5*

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I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the lovelies at Little Browns Books UK – Sphere who sent me this book for review. It was just wonderful 😀

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