Back of the book
Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle.
And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence.
Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?
Jenny Colgan has done it again – am I surprised? No! Now I just look forward to each book that comes out and seem to plough straight through with pure excitement. Summer at Beach Street is no different – it was a book that I had waited for some time to get into as the delightful beginning of Polly and Neil had me hooked from page 1.
With a quick recap at the beginning of the book just in case you forgot what a wonderful story you were about to get into and follow on from. The recap also allows any readers that have not picked up the first book to sit quite easily with the next installment without having to read the first book if they do not wish to.
After the long traumatic time that Polly had moving to the island of Mount Polbearne having to deal with the ‘Polbearnites’ and their stuck in the mud way of life it sounds like she is starting to think that the move is the best thing that has ever happened to her. Not only is she doing what she loves every day for a living but she is now dating the loveable american bee keeper Huckle and has Neil (the puffin) by her side. With the locals finally coming around to her ways she has found her feet and is making her mark.
This book takes the story that little step further with the introduction of a lighthouse, the progression of Polly’s relationship with Huckle and the reintroduction of friends Reuben and Kerensa and the introduction of Dubose (Huckle’s brother). There is always a bit of trouble in Jenny’s books but its usually the kind that can be taken with a pinch or two of salt knowing that the situation will always end up sorted out. However there seems to be more than one grey cloud on the horizon for Polly and it starts with the sad news that her boss Mrs Manse has passed away and the bakery is now in the less than capable hands of her wannabe business man nephew Malcolm with pie in the sky ideas of making a small fortune from the bakery Polly’s bakery and it’s reputation is teetering on the edge of failure.
From the moment Malcolm takes over Polly is under insurmountable stress and finds it hard to control the spiral that she is hanging onto by a thread. Her livelihood, relationship and even friendships are all hanging in the balance. Will it all come good? Well that is something that you will have to read the book to find out.
Definitely worth the read and once you start you won’t want to stop. I am already looking forward to the next installment – if there is one?!
Once again a massive thank you to Sphere for sending me the book.