Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel

Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel

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by Jenny Colgan
     
 

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In the bestselling tradition of Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Colgan's moving, funny, and unforgettable novel tells the story of a heartbroken young woman who turns a new page in her life . . . by becoming a baker in the town of Cornwall

A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at

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In the bestselling tradition of Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Colgan's moving, funny, and unforgettable novel tells the story of a heartbroken young woman who turns a new page in her life . . . by becoming a baker in the town of Cornwall

A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship.

To keep her mind off 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, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey—courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered bright new life where she least expected—a heartwarming, mouthwatering modern-day Chocolat that has already become a massive international bestseller.

Includes 7 Recipes!

Editorial Reviews

Jane Green
“I loved Little Beach Street Bakery. Losing myself in Jenny Colgan’s beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages.”
Sophie Kinsella
“Sheer indulgence from start to finish.”
Library Journal
03/01/2015
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 Café; 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062371225
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
36,083
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Little Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, and Christmas at the Cupcake Café, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

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The Little Beach Street Bakery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much more in depth than your typical romance novel. The story line was a delight to read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A sweet little island is tucked away from the mainland and is the perfect place for Polly to getaway and regroup after her life both personal and professional fall apart.   Polly was a great character who you wanted to root for from the beginning and follow her on the journey to find her new normal.  I loved that there were hints of her enjoying bread making in the first part of the book, so it wasn't too far out of left field for her to get into baking in the small town.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Good characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the premise of the book, and daydreamed for days after about baking bread. Her portryal of Huck and his friend (as Americans) felt more like characters for a book and not someone you would meet in real life. It seemed as if the writer had limited exposure with Americans. The ending was also fairly generic, but the meat of the story was truly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Can't wait to read more by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pleasure to read with enough twists and turns to keep your interest.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
Polly’s life is in a tumble: a bad relationship where she capitulated to everything her ex wanted has left her homeless, jobless and near penniless. Moving away from the city and her upwardly mobile more successful friends to regain her bearings is a wrenching, but logical choice. Down the Cornwall coast is a small island, isolated by tides but offering the refuge and quiet that Polly can afford. A fews days of sukling, a massive storm that brought her someone else to focus on in the form of a puffling she would name Neil, and a community that is surviving on hard work, determination and stubbornness, she’s at loose ends. But, refuge comes in the form of kneading and tending to a loaf of bread. Soon Polly’s life is a mix of moments with Neil, struggling with the island’s bakery owner (and her landlady) and becoming a part of the town in ways she never expected. Most striking for me is the growth that Polly finds as she settles in and reintroduces herself to her baking, and the increase in her self-confidence as she realizes that her life, while not an easy one, is her own. With a dash of romance, one horribly ill-fated the other a bit more honest feeling, the story never lacks for moments to remember. Polbearne is based on the actual island of St. Michael’s Mount, the people and their connection to and controlled by the sea brings water and weather to life in a character of its own. Colgan highlights the transience of life and the overwhelming power and danger of a life at sea, using losses old and new to bring perspective and a strange sort of healing to al. Laden with emotion, you’ll be immersed in the story and the town. Until you have to tackle the recipes… I purchased a copy of the title for my personal library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! This was such an emotionally-charged story that isn't found in many books. I can't wait for the next book on Polly next month!
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Great storyline, easy read. Loved it!
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