Review of Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Published: 26th February 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 448


Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle… And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?


Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy. Don’t worry if you’re new to the Polly books as Jenny gives you an update as to everything which has happened. If you’d like, you like read my review of her previous book; Little Beach Street Bakery.

Polly’s life is simple; she has her lighthouse home, her American boyfriend, her pet puffin Neil and her bakery. She’s happy and from the first chapter, it certainly showed. She was really cheerful and it was such a refreshing beginning.

“Are you calling me a bird homophobe?”

When a sudden death occurs early on, it leaves Polly wondering about her future. What about the bakery and her love of baking for the fishermen? The panic set in straight away and Polly was on edge for quite some time and it was a complete turn around from the beginning of the plot. When things go from bad to worse for Polly, it was the bread making descriptions which I missed the most. Jenny’s incredible detailed sentences will most certainly make your stomach rumble because it definitely made mine!

“That bird needs to get laid.”

Neil the puffin – what can I say? He’s hilariously brilliant and Jenny writes him with such wit and charm. He’s just a puffin but he’s an amazing addition – it’s unique and I really liked that. Towards the end, a really remarkable thing happened with Neil and it was enough to put a lump in my throat.

“You are his family too.”

Not only does Jenny supply us with a heartwarming and wonderful plot, but there are also amazing recipes once the narrative finishes. You can’t beat reading a Jenny Colgan book and as much as I loved it, I really hope there is another Polly, Huckle and Neil storyline in the pipeline. It’s a good which you can curl up with me and enjoy.

Twitter: @jennycolgan