Review: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Title: Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery

Author: Jenny Colgan

Publishers: Sphere

Publication Date: 26th February 2015

Source: Netgalley - eBook ARC 

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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! She has written a book highly, and undoubtedly worthy of being a Bestseller!

I couldn't wait to curl up and read this summer based novel in the midst of winter. It was the perfect companion as I sat dreaming of warmer, brighter days, and a little beach side town complete with bakery seemed like the perfect location to dream. 

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is a continuation of Polly's story from Little Beach Street Bakery. However I believe that you can read this even if you haven't read the first book because, Jenny, as always ever thoughtful to her audience and readers introduces Polly and quickly catches us up with what has been occurring in Polly's life and the lighthouse and that ever so handsome Huckle. 

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery sounds perfect, and idyllic but with all the twists, turns and tears as Polly navigates her way through the ever so adorable Puffin and has to make some very huge and tear jerking decisions about where he should live, then she has to carry on whilst Huckle flies off to America to help out his brothers partner who is struggling to keep the farm going whilst his brother gallivants around without a care in the world. This may not seem much to contend with, but Polly could be about to lose the bakery, and if she does, what will she do next? Will the people of Mount Polbearne stick by her and help her in her hour of need, or will she always be seen as an outsider? Then there is the personal matter of friendships, Polly is friendly with everyone, and the fishermen regularly stop by for food and advice, but with the town still grieving from the last drama, can Mount Polbearne really cope with another storm heaving their way? Will a falling out between friends mean that some innocent family pay the ultimate price amongst crashing waves and a lighthouse without light? Surely Summer should be bringing happiness, fun and love? 

Whilst I loved this book utterly, and would easily re-read this again because the story and characters are so lovable, I have to admit that I shed tears at one distinct point in the book which unearthed my level of sensitivity emotionally.

"Oh my gosh. I actually cried #puffinsanctuary tears. I hope things get better for Polly, Huckle and Neil... love Neil! He's the puffing equivalent to Oleg the meerkat!! "
I found myself getting through the book rather rapidly because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next, it is an utterly transfixing novel because you simply struggle to put it down. Polly comes face to face with her fears - plural - and her strength, determination and love shine through without a doubt. I loved Polly, and that cute puffin, Neil (whom I can report has a little children's book out very soon), and was delighted when happy surprises came her way because she truly deserved it. 

"omg beautiful book! tears all round, happiness and cheers!!! "

There was so much action in this book that there is no time to get bored with the story line, every single page in the book is action packed, emotionally charging, and mentally stimulating. 

I can't wait to find out what happens next in Polly's life and in the Bakery. And, that cute Puffin Neil... I want more of him! He may have led me to shed tears more than once throughout this book, but he will forever stay in my heart. 


Polly heard a CRASH downstairs. Was it a monster? NO! Was it a spider alien? NO!

It was a little puffin with a broken wing...

When Polly discovers an injured puffin, she and her mummy look after him in their cottage by the sea.

Slowly, Neil's wing heals and Polly must prepare herself to say goodbye to her new friend. Will she ever see him again?

Perfect for bedtime stories and early readers. From the author of The Little Beach Street Bakery.

Contains recipies, activities and jokes in addition to the story.

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