What would you do with your life if you were brave enough to throw caution to the wind? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I have. Too often. What that says about the life I’m currently leading is a whole other question which we won’t be getting into here :).
But I guess that there are moments in life where you don’t have another option but to completely re-arrange everything you know and start fresh. Now if you are familiar with Jenny Colgan’s countless sweetshop, bakery and cupcake café books, you might just know what I’m talking about. Because throw caution to the wind and start from scratch is exactly what so many of her characters have to do. And in the middle of them all is Polly from the Little Beach Street Bakery books.
Having lost her business and boyfriend pretty much at the same time, she packs all her belongings and moves to a small island off the coast of Cornwall in a spur of the moment decision. Now this isn’t just your usual island. It’s only connection to the mainland is a narrow old road which disappears in the depths of the ocean whenever there is high tide. Imagine a place like that. Wouldn’t it be magical to live there? I can totally see myself walking along the sandy beaches, watching the light of the lighthouse go round and round at night and going for a quick drink at the local pub to catch up with all the gossip because let’s face it, in places like that everybody knows everyone, right? Well, Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery books gave me the chance to do exactly that. Even if it was just for the span of a thousand plus pages. But trust me, my time on that little island was a good one.
I fell in love with Polly as she rediscovered her passion for baking an opened up the Little Beach Street Bakery. I suffered along with her as tragedy struck in the first book of the trilogy and watched her put her life back together all over again. I watched her fall in love with Huckle, a hardcore American business man gone honey farmer, and rooted for them as their relationship started to blossom.
Now, I really don’t want to give away more of the content because I will ruin your reading experience and that’s the last thing that I want to do. Let me just say the following: while there were some things that I didn’t particularly like about the first book (Little Beach Street Bakery), I am very glad that I kept on reading. Because the second one (Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery) and especially the third one (Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery) are absolutely amazing. As the stories progress, we get to know more of Polly, Neil her puffin (yes, you read right, Polly has a puffin :)) and all her friends. We follow them through good and bad times, through laughter and tears as they welcome us into their lives with open arms..
So, if you love books set in small towns with a heroine just like you and a puffin who spends his days eeping and eating way too much, then I reckon that the Little Beach Street Bakery books are perfect for you. I can give you my word that you will not regret picking them up. However, if you would like to investigate a bit more before you stock up on Bakery fun, head over to the posts treating each of the three books individually 🙂 My reviews of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery and Little Beach Street Bakery are already up. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery will follow shortly. 🙂
Oh and before I say goodbye for today and happy reading; once you have read one, two or all three of the books, please come back and let me know what you thought of them. I love discussing books with other people and would be thrilled if I could do so with you :).
P.S. If you love to bake like Polly, make sure to check out the recipes at the back of the book and do some baking yourself 🙂