Thursday, 22 May 2014

Jenny Colgan || Little Beach Street Bakery

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their townhouse, she has to move miles away from everyone, to the sleepy little seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop.

And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it.

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.

Sometimes, i buy a book and want to read it then and there, this was that, i wanted it from the moment i realized it was released and then i got it. I set up camp in the backyard, with an ice lolly and the largest bottle of water i could and didnt move all afternoon, yep it was one of them reads.

So, we meet Polly with her boyfriend, just as they are been declared bankrupt, and that their business has failed. The couple seperate for a while, Polly heads to stop with her best friend whilst she find a flat. Spending her days scouring the internet she finds something that could maybe work for her? A flat out on mount Polbearne,that at some parts of the day it cant even be reached its that remote. Polly feeling sorry for herself decides that is exactly where she needs to be for a while.

Setting out armed with her good coffee maker, her sofa and plenty of bleach she moves into the condemmed flat. Priorites take over and before long shes baking bread, and all the locals are interigued, requesting she deliver some sneakily though, because not everyone is impressed at her  doing so. Along the way we meet all the locals, and a puffin named Neil (who i wish to adopt myself please??!) 

This was everything i wanted it to be and more (thanks to Neil!)  I have only recently discovered Jenny Colgan, and its the perfect chick lit cure, its perfect for reading in the sun and chilling with, not too heavy but enough to involve the reader, and shed a few tears along the way. Jennys writing is perfectly descriptive, and i almost felt like i was sat on the harbour wall eating fresh bread and honey (can i do this please) I felt like i knew all the characters, and laughed along with them, and felt frustrated with them when all the new incomers looked set to head into the village.

There isnt much more i can say, i could go into depth describing the characters and their individual personalities, but why when you can read this yourself and meet them?


Assam all the way!!

Author Bio
Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She is now working on her next novel.

She is married with Andrew, a marine engineer, and had three children, Wallace, Michael-Francis, and Delphie. She mostly lives in France, with frecuently visits to London. She occasionally writes for The Guardian newspaper, as well as a TV series.

Her Doctor Who novel Dark Horizons is published under the name J.T. Colgan

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