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Little Beach Street Bakery (Little Beach Street Bakery #1)

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Amid the ruins of her latest relationship, Polly Waterford moves far away to the sleepy seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives in a small, lonely flat above an abandoned shop.

To distract her from 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
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Published March 13th 2014 by Sphere
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Michael Cayley
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
If this is chick lit, I am an honorary chick. This is a delightful book about a woman whose relationship breaks up when her and her partners' business goes bust, and who settles on a fictitious island (loosely akin to St Michael's Mount) connected to mainland Cornwall by a causeway. Jenny Colgan does not hide the harsh side of life in a small fishing community, but this is a lovely warm book, complete with pet puffin.
Good bread is hard to find. Getting just the right texture, density, crust, aroma, and flavor is a talent that I personally don't have. I do have a tiny handful of places I know of that can deliver perfection. Too bad this book is a work of fiction; I want to add it to my list. I want to crawl inside the pages and devour every perfect morsel the heroine created. The descriptions of the freshly baked breads were perfection.

And the people and atmosphere of the small seaside village setting (whi
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE Jenny Colgan’s books, they always fill me with such happiness and I love jumping right in and immersing myself in her novels, so I was VERY excited about Little Beach Street Bakery.

In Little Beach Steet Bakery, Polly is not only recovering from a bad relationship, but the company she set up with her ex Chris was declared bankrupt, leaving Polly unable to afford her flat and with no job or business either. As Polly struggles, she stumbles across the little place of Polbearne, an
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je ne peux que vous conseiller ce roman. Si les personnages manquent de profondeur, ils restent marquants grâce à leur personnalité, au rôle qu'ils ont dans la vie de Polly et plus généralement dans l'histoire. Polly est une femme intelligente, un peu trop gentille et manquant de caractère, mais je l'ai beaucoup apprécié, de même que les seconds rôles les plus présents. La passion de Polly pour la fabrication du pain se fait très bien ressentir et les passages parlant de ce qu'elle fait sont des ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro livros relacionados com culinária e comida e este foi uma perdição, admito que de tanto ler sobre pão e bagels, aquando de uma passagem pelo supermercado tive de trazer uns bagels, tudo por causa deste livro!

Passando à minha opinião do enredo, gostei claramente como já devem ter notado contudo achei que o livro esticou-se em demasia e que a autora realmente não tinha muito por contar e portanto foi introduzindo personagens secundárias e plots secundários só para prolongar a trama. Gostei d
This was a lovely and cute read but unfortunately I missed the final sparkle.
Most characters were lovely, especially Polly but I just couldn't feel any chemistry between her and Huckle.
The atmosphere of that little island town was great and I could imagine it perfectly.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2016, romance
Jenny Colgan is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors when I don't know what to pick up next. Her cast is eclectic and fun to get to know, her storyline is engaging, and the recipes she incorporates into her books are mouthwatering!!!

In this novel, I enjoyed getting to know Polly who at the age of thirty-something has to find a new career when the graphic design business she started with her boyfriend goes bankrupt. With so few options at her disposal and rent being so expensive in town, she
Red Panda
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, relaxing, summer holiday read. Perfect for the beach or by the pool.

Polly and her husband run a graphic design business together that goes belly-up. Their marriage doesn't survive the stresses of declaring bankruptcy and Polly moves to a dilapidated flat in a small seaside town in Cornwall, as it is all she can afford (slightly hard to believe, knowing how much seafront property goes for in this country, but I'll let it slide).

Polly finds herself befriending a crew of local fish
When Polly’s long-term relationship comes crashing down and with it the business they’ve built together, she’s left to start over completely from scratch. With so few options available to her, she agrees to rent a run-down flat with a leaky roof on the island of Polbearne. She finds solace in utilizing her baking skills and filling the air of the island with the enticing smell of freshly baked bread.

St. Michael’s Mount

Polbearne, a quaint seaside village off the coast of England, is based o
After enjoying my audiobook experience with The Bookshop on the Corner, I requested that King County Library System purchase this audiobook so I could keep going with Jenny Colgan's books, which I'd hoped would fill that quirky romance fix I sometimes have. The story in this book is the same sort of deal as that one: a woman has some problems in her life and decides to start anew somewhere else. She builds up a business and finds someone special. End of. That's not what I want to mention about t ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Good chick lit book with a mix of tragedy and humor. It was an easy read with likable characters. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the seaside English town. I was expecting a foodie book with succulent descriptions like in a A Taste of Heaven or The Cake Therapist . Instead, there are lots of other things going on besides the bakery like a wedding, fishermen, puffins, and beekeeping. If you like escapism reads about second chances, this book might be for you. 3 star read! One a side note, I k ...more
Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
Um romance delicioso e inebriante, que mexe com as nossas memórias olfactivas e nos leva a viajar!
Este livro tem todos os ingredientes que adoro numa história, um romance, uma viagem e a descrição de aromas e sabores que nos transportam para dentro do livro.
Foi difícil largar a leitura, daquelas que são tão prazerosas que se lê tudo num instante.
Só não dou nota máxima porque achei o final muito corrido, mas como sei que tem continuação, não vejo a hora de ler o segundo.
E depois como adoro cozinh
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
After reading Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery, book three in the Little Beach Street Bakery series did I just have to read the first book because I found the one I read marvelous.

Jenny Colgan has quickly become a favorite author of mine. I love the mix of seriousness and humor in her books and several times did I smile as I read this book. However, it's not all smile and laughter, and since I have I read book three did I know that I should not become too attached to a person that is not
Polly's relationship has failed, her business has failed, she is homeless, bankrupt and living on the couch of her all too perfect best friend. Desperate to escape her woes and start rebuilding she rents a ramshackle apartment above a shop on a bleak windswept island.

With nothing else to do, she returns to the love of her life, baking bread. At first she gives it away or trades it but over time she finds she has a small business. But she has to avoid the despotic owner of the town's other baker
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Nach einer gescheiterten Beziehung und beruflichen Niederlage wagt Polly einen Neuanfang in Cornwall. Sie zieht auf eine kleine Insel und mietet sich eine etwas renovierungsbedürftige Wohnung. Hier backt Polly ihr Brot, was schon immer ein großes Hobby von ihr war. Schnell spricht sich unter den Insulanern herum, dass Pollys Brot einzigartig gut ist. Damit macht sich Polly jedoch nicht nur Freunde, denn ausgerechnet ihrer Vermieterin gehört die einzige Bäckerei auf der Insel, und die sieht Polly ...more
Vanessa Martins
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um romance levezinho mas bastante saboroso.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
After being on a spree of bad reads, this one broke the spell. What a delightful surprise. I had requested this book electronically from my library so long ago, I had actually forgotten about it. Now I know why it took so long. It's really good.

The tone is causal, fun, and flirty; just what you would expect from chick lit. But, the author tackles some darker issues such as infidelity, unemployment, bankruptcy that moves this beyond typical chick lit. I was hooked from the very first page all the
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Un roman qui fait du bien, où l’on entend à chaque page le bruit de la mer, des oiseaux et où l’on savoure les délicieux pain de Polly. Une jolie lecture au schéma un peu classique et aux quelques longueurs mais qui m’a donné le sourire par toutes les ondes positives qu’elle communique.

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Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY! I have read most of Jenny Colgan’s books and am very fond of her Rosie Hopkins books. However, MOVE OVER Rosie because Polly is in town! I picked this book up and did not put it down until I managed to finish it later that day. I just fell in love again and again, and now I feel a little bit sad that Polly is gone. The only thingthat perked me up was the idea of a re-visit in the form of Jenny Colgan’s release in February 2015 entitled Summer at The Little Beach Street Bakery.

Polly Waterf
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.

I really need to evaluate my traditional dislike of chick-lit since I realized I'm basing most of it on romantic comedies and Lauren Weisberger's ridiculous books. My usual complaint is that everything hinges on people not communicating. Obviously there's a lot of tension that comes from misunderstandings, but do the situations always have to be so absurd? With that in mind, Little Beach Street Bakery felt like a breath of fresh air. Of course
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really did not enjoy this book. A book shouldn't be able to hit the shelves with mistakes in it (such as missing full stops and spelling errors). I found the writing was simple and lacked creative flair (maybe that's what chick lit is meant to be[?]). My other gripe was the lengthy sentences and mid-sentence tangents she'd constantly go off on with unnecessary detail. One sentence lasted half a page that by the time you'd made it through 3 tangents you'd forgotten what the point of the start o ...more
Sonia Cristina
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Que estranha coincidência de ler 2 livros seguidos protagonizados por uma padeira ;)

Este livro é uma coisa mesmo amorosa que me deu muito gosto de ler! Romances em pequenos lugares que parecem idílicos e onde a ajuda entre os habitantes é a palavra-chave, chamam-me a atenção já há algum tempo e Mount Polbearne não foi exceção.

Gostei tanto de conhecer esta pequena ilha/vila e os seus habitantes. Gostei tanto de ver Polly chegar ali e deparar-se com uma casa decrépita e mudar a sua vida até se to
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the past couple of years Jenny Colgan has really become an author I admire and enjoy. She’s started writing books that are mainly based around food – mostly the type of food I love, in fact, sweet food! A chocolate shop in Paris, Rosie Hopkins’s Sweetshop of Dreams, Cupcake Cafes… Her novels are so sweet that if you read too many of them in a row you may find yourself in a not-unwanted sugar coma. She’s also one of only a few authors who is giving us TWO novels a year, which is just amazing. ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Uno de esos libros que te hacen sentir bien. Un chick-lit mas o menos clásicos al que se le puede achacar ciertos clichés propios de la autora ya utilizados en otras historias.
Jenny Colgan vuelve a hacer que los paisajes se mezclen con la dulzura de los postres y unos personajes maravillosos, formen parte de tu vida por un momento.
Aquí no solo tenemos la recuperación de la protagonista, también vemos la belleza y crudeza del mar de la mano de unos pescadores sin los cuales la historia no sería l
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un roman doudou sur le changement de vie. il m'a beaucoup fait pensé à un autre romab feelgood: la bibliothèque des coeurs cabossés. les personnages sont attachants et la petite île de cornouailles est dépaysante. personnellement cela m'a rappelé mes vacances en Bretagne. ça se lit bien et ça remet du baume au coeur.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Colgan's stories always get me. The idea of starting anew, living in a tiny remote village, cooking and baking . The simple joys of life. Polly is wonderful character, I just love her sass and sense of humor. Her unfiltered comments made me laugh out loud. Many times. Little Neil was such an amazing character. I was completely taken by him, and wouldn't mind a puffin as a pet :) The setting was gorgeous, I wanted to live there, in the broken down apartment, in the beaut ...more
After Polly Waterford's business and relationship failed she needed to be by herself for awhile. The only way she could afford to do that was move to a crumbling flat in Palberne, a tiny place in Cornwall 50 miles from her native Plymouth and connected to the mainland by a causeway that floods at high tide. At first her only friend is her adopted Puffin, Neil. Polly is dismayed to discover the only sandwiches available in town are made with awful commercial bread. She starts baking bread as a th ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein Wohlfühl-Buch 😉
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the atmosphere of this book and the story was pretty good if a tad too familiar... the more I read, the more I realized it was almost identical to The Bookshop on the Corner, the first book I read by this author and really liked and enjoyed. I mean, eerily - and lazily - similar; same characters (albeit with different names), same plot line (substituting bread for books), same crazy and eccentric friend who periodically comes to stay (and falls in love with the guy you're supposed to thi ...more
Terry S
Jul 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Can't understand all the high ratings given to this book - which led me to pick it up in the first place. I found it totally predictable and a bit silly: even disregarding a very unrealistic puffin called Neil. What annoyed me most was the juvenile writing style which reads as though written by a good primary school student. It was a real challenge to finish the book at all, and I found myself skimming chunks of it towards the end.
I actually feel a bit embarrassed to have this on my 'read' list!
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“Are you okay?” Polly shrugged. “One of the boats isn’t back yet.” “Is it the one with the sexy beardy?” Polly swallowed and nodded. Several people from the village came up to pat her shoulder and thank her for her contribution. “Move over,” said Kerensa, and she started buttering rolls. “I can’t believe you aren’t charging for this. It’s no way to run a business. Actually you should charge treble to all the rubberneckers.” Polly gave her a look. “Okay, okay, just saying.” A substantial figure approached slowly, holding a large tray. Polly squinted in the watery sunlight. “Who’s that?” asked Kerensa. “Oh, is it the old boot?” “Ssh,” said Polly as Mrs. Manse came into earshot. She looked at what Polly was doing and sniffed. Polly bit her lip, worried that she was going to get a telling-off. This wasn’t her business, after all; she didn’t get to make these kinds of decisions. Mrs. Manse surveyed the makeshift stall, surrounded by people—it had become something of a focal point—and harrumphed crossly. Then she banged down the large tray. It held the entire day’s selection of cream horns and fancies. “I’ll need that box back in the morning,” was all she said before turning around and marching back up the road. “Well, well,” said Kerensa, as Polly started handing out cakes to hungry crew and passing children. As evening fell and the RNLI boat came back for the sixth time, empty-handed, Polly felt her fears beginning to grow again. During the day, as the other boats had” 3 likes
“The way my luck is at the moment,” said Polly, “I probably will get a tiny bit of money back, and as I leave the bank after picking it up, a bolt of lightning will come out of the sky and set it on fire. Then a piano will fall on my head and knock me down a manhole.” 1 likes
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