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Little Beach Street Bakery

(Little Beach Street Bakery #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  34,759 ratings  ·  3,649 reviews
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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published March 13th 2014)
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Miranda Reads

"How?" said Chris. "Have you ever gone bankrupt?"
Polly Waterford lived with her partner, Chris, and for the last few years, barely had her head above water.

They had a design business - with her on the business and Chris on the design - but, despite everything, it fell through.
Polly had worked her fingers to the bone. She had never stopped pitching, closing, discounting; doing anything to get sales for her talented other half."
With no great relief, Polly and Chris are forced to
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
On the surface, Colgan’s latest appears to be a cute book about baking, but there is much more depth and emotion here than initially meets the eye. At times lighthearted and funny, and at times contemplative and deep, this novel is a real gem. The descriptions of bread and bread making, coupled with recipes, make the book an immersive experience. Add to this charming, small-town life, love and friendship, and readers will truly delight in the time spent reading this splendid tale.
After Polly and
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-lit
Sometimes you just need to curl up with a predictable comfort read. A nice distraction from the onslaught of distressing news.
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 (wh
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

I really enjoyed reading this fun and very lighthearted book. The main character Polly Waterford moves to Cornwall after a failed marriage and business. Wanting a simpler life Polly takes her passion of baking and starts running a bakery shop. Very well written with great descriptions of the beautiful island of Cornwall and the amazing people that live there. I especially loved the adorable little Puffin Polly takes as a pet.
Megan Readinginthesunshine
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
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
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.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful escape! I absolutely loved the setting. A tiny little island that can only be accessed by the causeway at low tide, and gets submerged at high tide. This is a story about transformation and letting go. It is also a story about the strength of a community and connection with others.

I liked how the story revolved around nature. We get to see into the lives of fishermen and a beekeeper. But most of all we get to see into the life of Polly, the baker. There is an incredible array of
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, romance, read-2016
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
Terry S
Jul 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 constant mid-sentence tangents with unnecessary detail. One sentence lasted half a page! By the time you'd made it through three tangents you'd forgotten what the point of the start of the sentence eve ...more
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
Anne (On semi-hiatus)
An uplifting, sometimes humorous comfort read. I chose this more for the beautiful setting near Cornwall, England than for the story. I'll read almost anything with descriptions of the gorgeous old homes, beaches, skies, and gardens of Cornwall. ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
So here's the thing. I bought this book way back when and have it in paperback form. I tried to get through it once and never did. It's sat on my shelves in the (TBR) pile for years at this point. I decided this year I am going to try to whittle away at my TBR books and then start placing the ones I don't want into a donation pile. So I finally finished this book (it took me a week). I read it in between other books and I have to say that yeah, I can see why I didn't like this the first time thr ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
While I liked the gist of this romance and the story as a whole, I did NOT like the fact that the author did no research whatsoever on American accents and speech usages as well as American slang. Huck, (yes I sad Huck which was 'shortened' to "Huckle *shiver*) was from Savannah, Georgia first he spoke like a southerner but quickly lost all of his accent as well as his Americanisms...then when he escapes back to Savannah (and he is there for months) he speaks like someone from the UK.

Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 th
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a tonic! I downloaded this on election day, and it kept me calm and distracted. Since we are still counting votes, I think I need to get #2.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
So...this really is a hard one to rate. It had some moments that genuinely felt entertaining and easy to read. And then others that were just like...why???
And unfortunately the why moments outnumbered the entrainment moments.
Basically, you've got a woman whose life sucks: she broke up with her boyfriend, her business went down the drain, and now she's saddled with loads of debt. So she peaces out to the middle of nowhere and starts baking. Cue prerequisite love triangle, small town charm, and,
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its not destined to become a classic, but it is charming and fun and exactly what I needed right now. Neil the Puffin bumps this up to a four!

Aug 15, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this sweet feel-good read. And the puffin! Oh my goodness. Just adorable!
Ana Vizentim
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not just a beautiful cover...
It has a great plot about discovering ourselves.
I really like it!!
Polly was great and all the secondary characters...
Oct 02, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like it much. ...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
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
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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After' and 'Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery', which are also published by Sphere.' Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams', which won the RNA Romantic ...more

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