Published: 20th October 2016
Publisher: Little Brown
It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting. Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She’s at her happiest when she’s creating delicious treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She’s determined that this Christmas is going to be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always work out as planned… When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. And then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?
Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy.
The narrative opens with a beautiful summary of Mount Polbearne, where Polly (the local baker), her boyfriend Huckle and their amusing pet puffin live. Within a couple of chapter, Polly’s best friend has got herself into a spot of bother regarding her unborn baby, her one member of staff asks for a raise out of the blue, a man from the local puffin sanctuary wants Neil as some sort of circus bird and now, she’s expected to serve snobby posh her homemade food on Christmas Day. She’s not having the most festive time…
“…she was terrified by how much she loved him. It was just everything that came next that scared the life out of her.”
A phone call in the middle of the night is never a good sign and with Polly being blissfully unaware of who her father is, everything could change rather quickly but will she meet him before he slips out of her life again? Is it worth the heart break? Will this help her decide her future with Huckle? Despite drama taking centre stage in the narrative, the book was seriously enjoyable and I couldn’t put it down – well, it is a Jenny Colgan novel after all.
“But all four of us were an ‘us.’ All four of us were together. Were friends. Who trusted each other. Who did things together.”
The narrative mainly focused around Polly tieing up loose ends in her life, but with the themes of family, friends, love, baking and being happy, it was very easy to fall in love with this book. The ending of the plot was unbelievably sweet and with the heart warming gesture from Polly’s best friend, it was the perfect ending to the series. Polly is a character who you can’t help but feel attached to; her warm personality, her passion for baking and desire to be happy in life – if this really is the final Polly, Huckle and Neil book, then a) it’s a real shame b) it was a very fitting ending and c) if Polly has a baby, then we need another book, surely? Hint Jenny, hint hint.