I received a free copy of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.
About the Book:
• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 22, 2016)
For fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Jojo Moyes, and Jane Green, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is an irresistible novel—moving and funny, soulful and sweet—about happiness, heartache, and hope. And recipes.
A thriving bakery. A lighthouse to call home. A handsome beekeeper. A pet puffin. These are the things that Polly Waterford can call her own. This is the beautiful life she leads on a tiny island off the southern coast of England.
But clouds are gathering on the horizon. A stranger threatens to ruin Polly’s business. Her beloved boyfriend seems to be leading a secret life. And the arrival of a newcomer—a bereft widow desperately searching for a fresh start—forces Polly to reconsider the choices she’s made, even as she tries to help her new friend through grief.
Unpredictable and unforgettable, this delightful novel will make you laugh, cry, and long for a lighthouse of your own.
About the Author:
Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, includingLittle 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.
This book is a big departure from my usual reading in many ways. It’s a very light, chick lit kind of read. I usually don’t tend to take this kind of book but something about the synopsis appealed – my guess would be the “bakery” word. I was promised recipes but I received an Advanced Reader Copy so I didn’t get any recipes. Bummer.
This is a sequel and I did not read the first book but it stands alone just fine. I did not feel any lack for not having read the first book. I’m sure like with most series subsequent books are always richer for having read all books but it’s not necessary for enjoyment of the current volume.
Now on to the actual review – overall it was an adequate read. The lead character, Polly has found some level of peace baking bread for her various neighbors. She is living in the lighthouse with her love, Huckle and all seems to be going well until the owner of the bakery dies and suddenly Polly’s world loses it’s calm.
The bakery gets a new manager who doesn’t agree with Polly’s methods, her former lover’s wife comes back to town – now Polly didn’t know he was married when they got together but that didn’t make it any easier – and Huckle’s brother shows up. He’s a free spirit who has left the family farm with his girlfriend back in the States because he can’t handle the pressure of work. And their is Neil, the pet puffin who goes where he wants and poops where he will.
Polly is overly attached to Neil, not quite attached enough to Huckle and seriously in need of some self confidence. When she loses her job and money becomes and issue Huckle goes home to the family farm leaving her on her own. She doesn’t handle “on her own” very well.
All in all it was a perfectly fine beach read. Polly’s wishywashyness really was a touch annoying. She really needed to grow a backbone. The characters of the town were fun and well drawn characters. Neil was a different sort of pet but a puffin is a wild animal and fortunately this was finally addressed.
My biggest problem with the book was the way cats were portrayed. Obviously the author has an issue with cats and that is fine she is certainly entitled to her opinion on that matter. I fully realize that not everyone loves cats. But using her book as a vehicle to promote declawing cats is reprehensible. Many nations have outlawed this barbaric procedure and there is a huge push to have it banned in the United States. I am hoping that Ms. Colgan wrote out of ignorance rather than intent.
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