Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
Book 2 in the Little Beach Street Bakery series
By Jenny Colgan
Narrated by Alison Larkin
Publication date Mar 22, 2016
Running time 11 hrs
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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. https://tantor.com/summer-at-little-beach-street-bakery-enny-colgan.html
SUMMER AT LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY is like great British Television, but in a book. And, if listened to, instead of read, it gains a little more of that feet-up- and-truly-enjoying-a-show feeling. This story is one of finding strength through the ridiculous slapdowns of life: carefully build a business up and watch it get knocked down by stupidity, find the riches of love on a shoestring only to have that shoestring break, see a relationship persevere when faced with adversity through foolishness.
Polly is a woman who is full of love, integrity and goodness. She’s one of those rare people who does the right thing without expecting gain.
Huckle is a man who has to not be laissez faire, his easy going nature is too easy, things don’t always work out for the best unless you work at them. A good example is thinking financial issues are easy to solve and a sort of crisis approach to finance instead of a doing something that will make money most of the time.
The thing that really gets me about the two books in this series I have read is Polly’s pet puffin, Neal. I don’t know how deeply symbolic the author intends the relationship between Polly and Neal to be, but for me it represents the setting something free philosophy; yeah it’s sappy, but I just love it. I do wonder at Polly’s casual relationship with hygiene because Puffins cannot be potty trained.
Neal is awesome. He may be my favorite character in the book.
A question I had regarding continuity was that in the first book, I gathered Huckle was financially comfortable; but here the couple is nearly in bankruptcy again.
The narrator does a great job with all the women’s voices. The male characters, particularly the Americans, voices are partially what makes them seem like buffoons.
I do love the series, and I really enjoyed the book although it does all seem so unfair and hopeless at times. Polly can get a little whiney, but she always cheers up. But the loss is sad and hard to hear/read because it is so stupid and just ridiculous.
But it is definitely the relationship Polly has with Neal that I love most. Can’t wait for more books!