Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel

by Jenny Colgan


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ISBN-13: 9780062662996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 46,812
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About 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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Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A favorite from the start, the series is about Polly and her reclaiming her life and chasing her dream as a bread maker, and with what the author mentions as the last in the series, this book couldn’t have packed more punch, answers or drama into the mix. Polly and Huckle have bought the old lighthouse, and are making do with the draughty windows and endless stairs on the remote Cornish Island. She’s feeling more a part of the community, but the pressure to earn more in the slow season as only the locals are left on the island have her busier than ever. All she wants is to have a quiet (read sleep late and binge movies in bed) Christmas, as she wonders about Neil’s return minus his mate and apparent lack of concern with his singleton status. Understand that Neil is a puffin, with his own particular approach to life (naps by the Aga, rides in the sidecar, plenty of baked treats and floury or buttery footprints across the table), and he’s a wonderful character and almost constant companion for Polly. Now engaged, Polly is overthinking the whole “being married and having children’ issue with Huckle. As Kerensa puts is – he hears Polly no love Huckle, Polly no marry Huckle, Huckle so sad, Huckle marry random twenty-year old. He’s not willing to push her, but he’s concerned that she doesn’t want him…or that something is missing. In fact, almost nothing is missing. Kerensa is pregnant with a whole litany of secrets that she has sworn Polly not to reveal. Polly’s own personal history and not knowing her own father, and her mother’s unwillingness to explain or discuss the situation, when combined with the secret that she is keeping for Kerensa has her tense, nervous and wondering about all of the answers she’s missing for herself. A phone call and a chance to get those answers, combined with an invitation / request from Reuben to come for Christmas and cater the baked goods coincides with a request from the manager of the Puffin Sanctuary where Neil met his soon to be ex, and their need for funds to keep going. Add in a baby arriving almost a month earlier than expected, a freak snow storm seeing Nan the Van off the road and leaking carbon monoxide, a last minute request to cater at Reuben’s (again) and a HUGE surprise that removes all decisions and even choice from Polly, the story jumps from one high point to another, bringing heart, family and plenty of growth to Polly and her connection and ties to her own bakery. Through the series we’ve watched Polly grow – from her initial stranger in a strange land feelings on the island, to becoming a welcome and accepted member of the community. Colgan’s writing style makes the story flow easily and feel conversational. You could be sitting next to her in Nan the Van as she trundles over to the mainland, playing with Neil, or watching Reuben raise the roof and generally bully, cajole or buy his way with everything. Even Reuben, with his bluster, bullying and brashness is able to show his true heart: when you are in with him – you need only ask (or seem to need something that his lovely wife, Kerensa, decides is a must have) and there are no holds barred. From the start, this series is transporting and wonderfully engaging: the perfect set of books to transport you elsewhere and have you dreaming of an icy bedroom in the top of a Cornish Lighthouse. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:
Anonymous 8 months ago
So sad to reach the end of the third book and the end of the trilogy.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Polly and her adorable puffin Neal now live in the lighthouse on the Scottish island of Polbearne with her boyfriend Huckle, the beekeeper. In the mornings, she wakes early and goes down to the cold bakery and starts up the oven for fresh bread and pastries the locals will devour. Christmas is no exception, with excessive orders, awkward visits with her mother, and all she longs for is a peaceful week off in bed with champagne and her boyfriend. But her best friend Kerensa who married the ludicrously wealthy American Rueben, has shocking news and a horrid secret that could ruin the nearly-perfect life she’s found. Comical and merry, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is an unexpectedly honest look at the motives in relationships and the misunderstandings that can occur when people fear to trust and love one another. For discussion questions, similar reads, and a themed recipe of Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Ginger Spice Frosting, visit:
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
A wintry setting on a Cornish beach where a young-ish couple live in a lighthouse seemed like the perfect reading getaway from the usual gritty stuff I read and, while it wasn't exactly perfect, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery suited me at the time. A little romance, a bit of dysfunction and a village I'd love to visit, not to mention an absolutely adorable puffin named Neil gave me a few hours of pleasure undisturbed by thoughts of murder, paranormal beings or alien invasions. Neil, by the way, does not solve murders nor does he speak to his people. For the most part, the four main characters---Polly, Huckle, Kerensa and Reuben---are people I'd love to have in my universe but there was a time about halfway through when I could have chucked them all out the window with great cheer. Fortunately, they eventually redeemed themselves and I certainly never lost my adoration for Neil, the puffin who loves to play ping pong football and is quite dashing when he wears a bowtie. If you're looking for a charming, whimsical story to give someone for a holiday gift, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery might be just the thing ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally loved this series.
aharey More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of Jenny Colgan's, I was a little apprehensive with how this book, the third and final book in the Little Beach Street Bakery, began. Several characters acted in a way that did not mesh with how they acted in the previous two books. I didn't like that, but I trust Colgan's writing and continued reading. I am so glad I did. It's a pretty bold move to have characters make some pretty big mistakes, but as I read further, I realized that the storylines, although a bit darker than her other books, actually worked really well. Colgan showed me why I love her books- although they seem like frothy chick-lit, there really is a depth and an originality that always touches my soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, made me feel so cozy reading it.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Quite often when reading a novel that indicates a particular setting, I will "google" it to see if this truly exists at some point in time, and much to my surprise it really enhances my ability to picture it all in my mind as I am reading the novel. Such is the case in Jenny Colgan's latest novel, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery. Jenny Colgan is becoming a favorite author of mine based on her magical ability to weave such beautiful poetry with her words that it isn't hard to imagine it all playing out perfectly in our mind as if watching a movie that no one else can see but me. In this case, the setting takes place in a little known secret place in Cornwall, St. Michael's Mount. It involves our main characters, Polly Little, owner and proprietor of the Polly's Little Beach Street Bakery, her fiancè Huckle, and a puffin she has been rehabilitating since he was a puffling, that refuses to leave and find its own way in the world. Polly has purchased an old lighthouse because, I mean who wouldn't want to live in a lighthouse? How romantic right? But this one is a bit on the drafty side and in need of much repairs. While Polly and Huckle struggle to move their relationship to the next level and actually marry, both are content to leave things the way they are, living together until they can both completely commit to marriage without any reservations and it doesn't help much that those around her, have less than appealing marriages to inspire them to jump into the pool. Their lighthouse is located on a remote island coastal village of Mount Polbearne, a lovely Cornish place where locals are content with the way things are with the rise of the tides twice a day that covers the only way into Mount Polbearne every day, leaving it truly isolated. When an unexpected storm comes in, it will leave the village completely at the mercy of the town's inhabitants and perhaps maybe, Christmas cheer will be found in those that can band together in to ensure that everyone can still have a Merry Christmas. Even if that means being away from those they love in order to realize their true feeling for one another. I received Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan compliments of William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. This is such a heartwarming novel that romantics will absolutely adore. Not only do you have the most ideal setting, toss in the Christmas season and an unexpected storm and you have the ingredients for an unforgettable novel. I have had the opportunity to read several of Jenny's novel and now I need to ensure that I collect them all and then reread them all over again. I can just picture sitting in a coastal beach house, the fire is roaring while a storm rages outside and you can lose yourself in this story like I have in a winter's evening. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and make sure you grab a cup of hot cocoa or tea before picking this book up.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I adore Jenny Colgan' books. They're feel-good, heart-warming escapist reading and they never disappoint. I'm always eager to read Colgan's newest book. The latest North American release is Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery. If you're already a Jenny Colgan fan, you'll be delighted to know that this is the third book in the Little Beach trilogy. Now, you don't have to have read previous books in this series to enjoy this latest - but you'd appreciate the story more if you had. I adore the (imagined) Cornish town Colgan had used as a setting. Mount Polbearne is (happily) cut off from the mainland twice a day by the tides and is populated by an eclectic group of townsfolk. It's somewhere I could cheerfully live. Polly is the owner of the Little Beach Street Bakery. She, her boyfriend Huckle and pet puffin Neil make their home in a repurposed lighthouse. Huck is ready to take the next step in their lives, but Polly is hesitant to change the good thing they have going. Polly is looking forward to a quiet Christmas Day with just Huckle, but of course that's not meant to be. Her friend Kerensa is having a personal crisis, her husband Reuben asks Polly to take on a crazy amount of catering (and truthfully she needs the money), a piece of Polly's past makes itself known and there's trouble between her and Huck. Can all of this be resolved? In time for Christmas? As always, the warmth, friendship and romance elements shine through. Colgan does take on a few heavier topics in this latest - and handles them very well. Polly is a wonderful lead character - warm, kind, thoughtful and more - just the kind of person you'd love to have in your circle of friends. Huck is pretty much the perfect boyfriend. But it's Neil who takes best supporting player! Descriptions of baking and baked goods will have your mouth watering. And might be a catalyst for starting your holiday baking! Colgan includes recipes for some of Polly's creations. This is the time of the year when I enjoy seasonal reading, cosying up with a feel-good read, a cup of tea and a warm blanket. Delightful, inviting and heartwarming, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery was the perfect start to my holiday reading. In the author's notes, Colgan indicates this may be the last Little Beach book. I'll miss Polly and company (especially Neil!), but know I'll love whatever and whoever Colgan writes next.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
I've become a big fan of Jenny Colgan, having read The Cafe By The Sea and The Bookshop on the Corner, both set in Scotland. (I've talked so much about her books that I've gained her a few more readers at the Book Cellar where I volunteer.) Her latest book, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery, is set in the little seaside village town of Mount Polbeane in Cornwall, England. It is the third book in the series, (Little Beach Street Bakery and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery being the first two) and not having read the first two, I feared I may be a little lost. I needn't have feared, I was able to catch up quickly. Polly is the owner of Little Beach Street Bakery, after her previous life imploded when the fiance company she owned with her boyfriend went under, along with their relationship. Now she is happy, waking very early each morning in the old lighthouse she lives in with her current boyfriend, Huckle, (an American chap who left his family in Virginia to become a beekeeper and sell honey) to make the pastries and breads that the villagers and tourists adore. Polly's friend Kerensa is married to Reuben, a blowhard of a millionaire (billionaire?) who has a challenging personality, but loves Kerensa deeply. Kerensa makes a big mistake one night, and this causes a rift between Polly and Huckle, Reuben's best friend. Polly was raised by single mum Doreen, and never knew her father who abandoned Doreen when she became pregnant. Doreen rarely leaves her home, preferring to watch television. Their relationship is somewhat strained since Doreen had hoped that her daughter would have more financial stability in her life, and Polly is sad that her mother seems so lonely. I loved the characters in this town- Reuben is a hoot, and could have been a stock rich jerk, but Colgan makes him three-dimensional. His mother Rhonda is a real trip too. And how many books have a puffin as a character? (Yes, Neil is a bird.) The story revolves around a snow storm that strands everyone at Reuben's mansion on Christmas Eve, where Polly has been talked into making pastries for Reuben's yuge holiday party when she would rather be snuggling with Huckle and Neil and relaxing. There is a public proposal, snow sculptures, a trip to the hospital and a helicopter ride during the party, but fear not, all is resolved by the story's end. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is a perfect palate cleanser of a book. It's a lovely, light read, meant for curling up on the couch under a comfy blanket on a cold or rainy Sunday. It would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for a good friend this upcoming holiday season. And if you like books with food references in them, this one will have your stomach rumbling, wishing that you lived close enough to the Little Beach Street Bakery so that you could sample some buttery croissants, Christmas twists, and homemade hot chocolate. I have already gotten myself copies of the first two books in the series, and I can't wait to find out how Polly's story got her to this point.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this book from Goodreads giveaways. I was asked to give an honest review and was not given an compensation. This book was a very interesting little book about a town that is sometimes unable to be gotten to due to the sea. It shows that when a little town needs to support those around them they do. They needed to reopen the school because many days the couldn't get to the main land and the Christmas Faire was going to do for the children. This was a great story and gives you hope at such a wonderful season.