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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549218
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (631 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cheery and heart-warming escapism (Sunday Mirror)

We love Jenny Colgan's books, but Little Beach Street Bakery is definitely one of our favourites, utterly charming, atmospheric and brilliantly written it will captivate you and keep you totally absorbed until the very end. We loved it! HIghly recommended! (Hot Brands, Cool Places)

This delightful novel will make you feel warm inside - it makes a fab Mother's Day gift (Closer Magazine)

I'm definitely going to be re-reading this fantastic book. A really lovely story and the perfect summer escapism (Essentials Magazine)

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Can baking mend a broken heart? From the bestselling author of Meet Me at the Cupcake Café comes this deliciously funny, heartwarming and utterly inspirational new novel

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I bought 'Little Beach Street Bakery' as I was looking for a light, easy read on my Kindle and it definitely didn't disappoint. I found myself being pulled into the story and really caring about the characters - it was sad in places, happy in others and made me laugh out loud more than once. A lovely read - especially for a holiday!
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By CycleRacing HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2014
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This is a lovely story and has a real feel good factor about it. The main character, Polly, is written about in such a way that you actually begin to care about her and what happens! I loved the descriptions in the book - made me want to move house nearer the sea...

This book is light reading and enjoyable. The kind that you want to read in one sitting.

Would recommend.
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I loved this book and didn't want it to end,for me it had everything beautiful Cornwall and the little puffin which somehow managed not to be naff,all the characters were believable and you wanted a happy ending for them all
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2014
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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 Waterford is by far one of my favourite characters this year. She is without a doubt a gem of a woman who I literally cannot wait to read about next year. Polly is having a tough time and when her and her partners business fails she ups sticks and moves into a ramshackle flat which is basically an abandoned shop. The sleepy little town she is residing in is the furthest from what she is used to as you can get. It’s essentially an island that is isolated once the tides turn and the bridge to the mainland is inaccessible.

The way Jenny describes the place made me fall in love with it and immediately want to visit. While Polly is trying to recover from her past toxic relationship she realises that she has a whole new host of problems to deal with, such as a job, not knowing anybody and living in a place that is fit to be knocked down. However, Polly is not a pushover and her character from start to finish is just perfect. She is very sarcastic but funny with it and one of her relationships made me chuckle and it was with a bird!!!!

I don’t want to delve too much into the storyline as I don’t want to spoil it for anybody but trust me when I say this is a magical book and one which I read in one sitting.
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This was my first Jenny Colgan novel and I could not have picked a better story. This is the kind of feel-good book you can eat up in one sitting, because the characters and the storyline just flow and mould together so well.

Polly is at a tricky point in her life; the business she ran with her ex-boyfriend Chris, has just gone bankrupt and as she has no money and no job, she is looking to make a drastic change. Cue her move to the small island of Polbearne, miles away from everyone she knows, where she takes up residence in a rickety and rundown flat about an old bakery. Slowly, Polly begins to rebuild her life, and when she starts indulging in her favourite hobby of baking bread, she has no idea it is the catalyst which will completely change her life for the better.

I thought Polly was an incredibly likeable character, the sort of person you just warm to from the word go, and I was rooting it to all come good for her in the end. There weren't really any 'bad guy' type characters which I also really liked. Jenny Colgan seems to have captured the highs and lows for all of her characters in a way that seems very realistic. She makes it very easy to become invested in the characters, to understand their emotions and to really capture their stories.

Without wanting to give too much of the story away, there is a sad part, so you may want to have the tissues on hand. Or maybe that's just me being a big softie!

It is a really heart-warming story about following your dreams and the things you are passionate about, fantastically written, the story moves at a good pace and I can't wait to pick up one of her other books.
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If there is only 1 book you read this year then it has to be Little Beach Street Bakery. This novel definitely has the 'feel good factor'. There are lots of interesting characters in it & my favourites were Reuben & his relationship with Kerensa, Jayden & of course, the wonderful Neil! Please Jenny write a sequel
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By June Doll TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2015
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This is the first novel I have read by Jenny Colgan and I enjoyed it although I thought it was a bit "twee". It was basically a bit of lighthearted froth and there is nothing wrong with that - sometimes that is all you want. If you keep this in mind and don't look for anything deep and meaningful, then I am sure you will enjoy this novel. It would be a great holiday read. The central character is Polly. The business which she ran with her boyfriend, Chris has gone bust and they have also had to sell their flat. Their relationship has broken up as a result of this. Polly has had to find somewhere else to stay, and it has to be somewhere cheap. She finds a dilapidated flat on a tidal island off the cost of Cornwall. There was a causeway to the island which was inaccessible at high tide. Polly moves in and gradually develops her hobby of baking bread, into a small business. There are a number of matters which I found really silly and which affected my liking for the book. Firstly, the flat is described as being virtually derelict - the windows are cracked and there are holes in the roof. However, Polly appears to make the flat livable and comfortable without actually doing any work to it. How did she manage that? The second silly storyline concerns the puffin which Polly rescues and which becomes tamer than any budgie. She calls the puffin Neil and it becomes so tame she walks around with it sitting on her shoulder, like a parrot. This part of the story is so ludicrous that I found it very annoying. At one point Polly even takes the puffin with her on a coach to a funeral. There is a wake on the beach, with loud music, flashing lights, a barbecue and lots of people dancing. In the midst of this is the puffin, apparently quite happy! This novel would have been better if the ludicrous storylines, such as the tame puffin, had been excluded.
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