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Welcome back to Mount Polbearne! The new book from Top Ten bestseller Jenny Colgan is full of festive joy, warmth and the best hot chocolate you can imagine... 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 deWelcome back to Mount Polbearne! The new book from Top Ten bestseller Jenny Colgan is full of festive joy, warmth and the best hot chocolate you can imagine...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?...

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christmas at little beach street bakery Reviews

  • Sarah Joint
    2019-02-15 00:11

    This was a great book to read while snowed in over Christmas... light, cute, and festive. I often have trouble connecting with the characters when I don't start from the beginning of a series, but it wasn't really a problem here. Starting from the beginning may have added a little to my enjoyment, but I never felt lost or had to keep going back to remind myself who a character was. They're all quite unique. Of course, one of my favorite parts of the story is the pet puffin, Neil. I just can't resist a cute animal character, especially one so charming and unusual. Polly is the resident baker of Mount Polbearne, where everyone knows everyone. She's happy to own and run the Little Beach Street Bakery, even if she struggles with money. She lives in a ridiculously cold lighthouse with ridiculously handsome boyfriend Huckle and a ridiculously awesome pet puffin. She's looking forward to Christmas and maybe carving in some time off, but everyone seems to need want her help at once. Her best friend's husband insists she cater his Christmas festivities. She would love to say no, but gives in when she realizes what she can selflessly do with the money. Having drifted away a little from best friend Kerensa for a bit, she soon learns the reason why her bff is acting funny. She has a huge secret she must keep from her husband, and tells Polly but insists she keep it from Huckle, who is best friends with her husband. It makes everything awkward and tense... can all of these relationships survive past Christmas? So sweet at times it'll hurt your teeth, outlandish, but immensely readable and enjoyable. The characters are so much fun to read. I believe this is supposed to be the final book, but find myself hoping it continues. I can always go back and read the first two, however!

  • Anne Goldschrift
    2019-02-17 17:23

    Abgebrochen auf Seite 98.Neee, das Buch hat mir so ÜBERHAUPT nicht gefallen, obwohl so, so viele diese Reihe ja zu lieben scheinen. Aber ich fand den Schreibstil fürchterlich und die Geschichte SO flach, dass es mich eher an einen Groschenroman erinnerte.Schade Marmelade.

  • Kate
    2019-02-02 18:08

    As much as I am a fan of crime and psychological thrillers, there's something about Jenny Colgan's writing that makes me do a meerkat impression whenever I hear she has a new book coming out and this one was no exception. Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery is a heartwarminly wonderful slice of Christmas and it sees the return to the beautifully described coastal village of Mount Polbearne. Even more exciting was "seeing" one of my favourite characters - Neil the puffin. Yes, ok the other characters are alright too I suppose.....I should point out that you can read this book as a standalone, if you're looking to start your Christmas reading list this is an excellent book to include. You don't have to read the entire series to make sense of what happens in this book, the who's who and why etc but with a series as lovely as this why would you want to miss out on the preceding books? They are Little Beach Street Bakery and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery.We are reunited with Polly Waterford who is a great character, with baking skills that would rival any in the tent at the Great British Bake Off I reckon. She has grown so much over the course of the previous books and the development of her character has been wonderful to watch. This Christmas all she wants is a quiet time with her boyfriend Huckle, but alas, things never go as planned for her. Throw in familial issues, friendship worries, trying to save the puffin sanctuary and trying to juggle running a business and it's only a matter of time before Polly is faced with making some uncomfortable decisions about her present and her future. The test of her character comes when trying to remain loyal to those she loves and keeping them all from being hurt by revelations that could ruin everything. I absolutely loved catching up with the residents of the wee village, their stories are intertwined and it's so lovely to see the community spirit between them all. The fact that Polly has "pet" puffin living with her and Huckle is so funny and endearing, even more so when Colgan depicts him as such a heat loving, affection giving bird - the idea of him warming up by the Aga made me chuckle. I also loved the fact that because he's overweight Polly and Huckle took him for a walk....expect Neil had other ideas and slept in a backpack. Jenny Colgan writes with such a wonderful flair, the vivid descriptiveness means the reader can easily visualise the village, the crossing to get over to the island (tide permitting), the people and the mouthwatering bakes that Polly creates. There is an easy going feel to the narration, almost as if the reader was having a chat with Jenny, the conversational tone really works and makes this such an enjoyable read that you don't realise how quickly you are reading the book whilst savouring each detail. The plot is filled with humour, romance, loyalty and friendship. The festive feel of it all is cozy and uplifting. It's the perfect Christmas read!A huge thank you to Jenny for the recipes at the back of the book, but don't think that this will let you off the hook for making this the last book in the series! I will be sad to say goodbye to Mount Polbearne and the villagers - especially Neil but I can honestly say it's been a real delight to follow such a lovely series. And it does mean that I will have to move on to Jenny's next set of books, whatever they shall be!Many thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for a copy of this in return for an honest review.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-02-08 01:22

    Dual review with Swedish first and then English!SWEDISH REVIEWVilken härlig bok. Jag har inte läst de två tidigare böckerna om Polly Waterfords äventyr i Mount Polbearne, men jag längtar efter att göra det. Jag blev faktiskt förvånad över hur allvarlig bokens tema var, självklart fanns det en hel del roliga stunder, men boken tog upp allvarliga frågor som Kerensas STORA hemlighet, samt Pollys egna problem angående en person från hennes förflutna, eller rättare sagt hennes mammas förflutna.Men det är blandning av humor och allvar som gjorde att jag älskade att läsa boken. Det och de vackra omgivningarna i Mount Polbearne. Ärligt talat, en del av mig undrar varför i hela friden har jag inte läst någon av Jenny Colgan böcker innan?Jul i det lilla bageriet på strandpromenaden är en lätt bok att läsa, ena sekunden har du börjat läsa boken och helt plötsligt är du halvvägs igenom den. Men det är inte alls en bok man läser och sedan glömmer bort. Karaktärerna kommer till liv och berättelsen är rörande att läsa. Allvarligt, jag ville bara packa mina saker och resa till Mount Polbearne pronto! Förövrigt, jag bara avgudar lunnefågeln Neil. Han är en sådan underbar liten varelse. Jag vill ha en lunnefågel!Den bästa av allt är att min mamma har den första boken i serien, så jag antar att jag vet vad jag kommer att läsa snart...Tack till Massolit Förlag för recensionsexemplaret!ENGLISH REVIEWWhat a delightful book. I've not read the two previous book about Polly Waterford adventure in Mount Polbearne, but I'm dying to do so. I was surprised to discover how serious the book theme was, sure there was a lot of funny moments, but the book also had a lot of serious things going, like Kerensa's BIG secret, or things concerning a person from Polly's past or rather her mother's past. But, it's just the mix of humor and seriousness that made me love reading the book. That and the wonderful setting of Mount Polbearne. Honestly, a part of me wonders why on earth haven't I read any of Jenny Colgan's books before?Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is an easy book to read, it's the kind that you just breeze through, but it's not at all an easy book to forget. The characters come alive, and the story is touching to read. Seriously, I just wanted to back my things and travel to Mount Polbearne pronto! Also, I just adore Neil, the puffin. He's such a darling. I want a puffin for my own.The best part of it all is that my mother has the first book in this series, so I guess I know what I will read soon...Thanks to Massolit Förlag for the review copy!4.5 stars

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-02-10 23:56

    Sometimes you just want a book that is light and does not require too much mental effort. This book fits that bill. It is a light and frothy feel good read, even though it still manages to cover some deeper issues. It was good to catch up with Polly, who is still running her bakery and living with Neil, the puffin, in the lighthouse she and Huckle have bought. Life is busy in Mount Polbearne and getting busier as Christmas draws nearer. Polly is happy, although she still is resistant to Huckle’s idea of marriage and keeps putting him off. All is going smoothly until her long-time friend Kerensa reveals the secret, she has been keeping from Polly. She is also keeping secrets from her husband. Kerensa and Reuben are just as brash and overpowering as they were in the first Little Beach Bakery book I read. And it is Kerensa’s secret that not only threatens her marriage with Reuben, but affects her friendship with Polly and Polly’s relationship with Huckle. Over the course of this story, Polly is forced to question where her loyalty lies, as well as deal with certain issues from her own upbringing and trying to save a puffin sanctuary. Through all of this Neil, is just as cute and endearing as he was in the first book and Kerensa and Reuben display another more likeable side of their characters, their generosity.I rarely read Christmas themed books at any time of the year, yet as soon as I saw this one I knew it would come home from the library with me. It is just the thing for those times you want something light and feel good to read. And I was not disappointed. Even though at times things seem a bit over the top, I was happy to go along with it. It was easy to be drawn into the stories and problems of these characters. There are three books in the Little Beach bakery series. I read the first but not the one in the middle. It didn’t matter as the author gives enough information to fill in the blank. If you are looking for a fun read this can be read as a standalone. But if you want a sweet series maybe start from the beginning and read them all. Unless that sounds like an overdose of sugar. I found this an entertaining and humorous read and was glad I read it.

  • Karen Mace
    2019-02-07 18:12

    I really enjoy this series and am always eager to read more of Neil the puffin! Really lovely to catch up with the characters again too facing the newest challenges in their life. I did race through this as it was so easy to read and fun, although it hasn't been my favourite of the series! Still a wonderfully festive read!

  • Jess
    2019-01-18 00:03

    Perhaps if I read the other books in the trilogy I might have enjoyed this a wee bit more? Despite the author's assurances in the beginning that reading the other books isn't necessary; I'd say it might enhance the experience. Partially because I had no connection with any of the characters and a few I was at a loss to see the allure of them? It was a nice story but thankfully a library book.

  • Lauri Saplad
    2019-02-08 23:00

    Completely adorable Christmastime tale about dysfunctional families, romance, finding your passion in life & living with the consequences of your life choices. Polly's a thirty-something baker living in the back of beyond UK. She lives in an old lighthouse with her boyfriend, Huckle, and a puffin named Neil. She provides bread & pastry for the entire village. Everyone loves her. It wasn't always this way... She used to live in the city with a normal 9 to 5 job. Her mum is a bit of a recluse, never wanting to leave the house. Never talking about Polly's father. Polly tried her best not to dwell on him. Then one day she gets a phone call...Lots of twists, sub plots & craziness here! There's some filthy rich friends, Huckle the beekeeper (from the US), Mum herself, and a host of batty townsfolk. Love this story & the surprise ending!

  • Kate Olson
    2019-02-12 21:11

    Oh, how I adore this series! This is book 3 and YES, you do have to read the first 2 to fully appreciate this one. If you start here, you rob yourself of the experience of savoring the whole Beach Street story! Loved this one just as much as the others, and the audio was absolute perfection. The accents were excellent and I cracked up every time Reuben talked. If you like sweet English happiness, Jenny Colgan is the author to read. LOVE her books!

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-19 01:09

    With "chick lit" books it's a thin line between fun & frothy and inane. This one was toeing the line for awhile before throwing in the towel and going all-in for inane.

  • Flannery
    2019-02-10 01:08

    At least the American accent the audio narrator used for the male lead love interest in this one didn't make me want to pull off to the side of the road and throw the CD into the woods.

  • Noriko
    2019-01-31 00:59

    This is my very first Jenny Colgan, I have never read any of her other books let alone Little Beach street Bakery series. I simply fell in love with the beautiful cover and got this book on a whim. My first impression on this book was, "I probably should have read the previous books in the series before picking this up." When I bought this book, I thought it was a standalone, I didn't know this is a part of a series. So much so, it actually took me a while, probably halfway through the book, to get into the story. In fact, I felt I was thrown into a fast-moving train or something - despite the author's explanations and descriptions about the main characters, Polly and her friend, Kerensa, most importantly, the foreshadowing of how the mistake Karensa once made could be a harbinger of a trouble, I felt things were moving too fast; I could hardly catch up and I must admit that I was a bit confused especially in the beginning. (Little did I know 'Neil' is a puffin's name that Polly keeps? No way lol) All the lighthouse thing and how Mount Polbearne is partially cut off from the outside world felt a too quaint and unrealistic, too. (Again, only in the beginning). I got used to them as the story moved on and I came to appreciate them, but in general, I think readers who are thinking of picking this up might as well read the previous books first. I am certain it's easier to get invested in the characters and the story that way. I think the lack of background explanations about the characters and the setting (there is, but not enough for me as a newbie in the series) was what stopped me from being fully immersed in the story. On the whole, I felt a little bit detached throughout and I believe this probably wouldn't have happened had I read the other books before picking this up. As for the characters, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Polly was NOT your typical Chick-Lit wishy-washy heroine. I found her a very complex character with somewhat a hole in her heart and I liked how the absence of her father in her life weighs on her and makes her feel vulnerable to the extent she has cold feet upon moving to the next chapter with her fiance, Huckle.Polly’s insecurities and issues with her self-esteem were intertwined well with her moral dilemma and guilty conscience stemming from Karensa’s foolish mistake, and the ripple effect made this book really suspenseful and kept me on my toes till the end.While the main two characters didn’t leave much of an impact, the side characters such as Reuben and Kerensa, and Reuben’s parents were vibrant and vivid. They were energetic and literally jumping off the page. I liked that.Although I didn’t get to fully invested in Polly, I never got a good grasp of what kind of character Polly is and what personality traits she has, the mystery/suspense element actually hooked me and made me impatient to see how everything goes down.I was not 100% content with the ending; I loved the concept and I loved to see Polly's growth after finally confronting the truth, but it felt a bit too neat. Uplifting and heart-warming, yet too neat. It didn't particularly 'SPEAK' to me, like, having warm fuzzies wash all over me. The very last scene, when they reach their home -lighthouse - was very atmospheric and I absolutely adored it, but overall, it felt a teeny bit anticlimactic. It didn't leave much of an impact on me, sadly to say.That said though, I do think this is a feel-good Chick Lit. Despite the issues that I initially had, this book has got somewhat an irresistible, cute atmosphere that grabbed me and secured a place in my heart. It grew on me and I ended up enjoying it a lot. This is not my absolute favorite, but I still think this is a cute, cozy book perfect to curl up in bed with.This book won’t be my last Jenny Colgan. I don’t think it’s fair to judge this book before knowing everything, so I am willing to give the entire series a go and I cannot wait to see how my impression changes on this book after reading the previous books.

  • Kitvaria Sarene
    2019-01-29 17:10

    This was just as cute as book one, though Huckle was annoying me this time around quite a bit, and the over the top richness of some of the characters still grated on me as much as in book one.But apart from that I still liked the characters, and the story kept me well entertained! Finally lives moves forward again and people still grow and change, both as individuals and couples.

  • Dawn
    2019-01-27 21:53

    I have loved the character of Polly since meeting her in the first book. This one though was just too much drama and was not enjoyable to read. Am glad for the happy ending though for Polly and Huckle.

  • Elin
    2019-02-17 19:04

    Näää alltså, jag vet att det här ska vara mys och gulligull och kakor och varmchoklad (och det är mycket sånt också, som jag önskar att jag kunde ta ut och läsa för sig) men det är så mycket som är fel och cringe och daterat med den här boken. Orkar ej.

  • Clare
    2019-01-22 19:15

    I listened to Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery on audio. The book was read by Anne-Marie Piazza, I enjoyed her voices for Polly and Kerenesa. However the voices she used for Huck and Reuben who were American and Southern were so terrible it was funny. I think Audible should of employed an actor for the male parts.That aside I did enjoy this book. For the past two Christmases I have listened to the Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop series which I enjoyed immensely. Rosie's story ended last christmas with a most wanted baby. I do enjoy Jenny Colgan's books so I thought I would give the Little Beach Street Bakery a try. Although this was the third book in the series Jenny provided a quick overview of Polly and Huck so it was easy to understand.Polly Waterford owns the bakery in the village of Mount Polbearn. Polly and fiancee Huck live in a lighthouse with their pet Neil the puffin. Polly is a workaholic and Huck says his perfect christmas would be in bed all day watching movies. Their perfect christmas might slip away however when Lilly's best friend Karenza finds out she is pregnant. Six months before she had a one night with a Brazilian stripper. Now she is not sure who the father of the baby is, the stripper or husband Reuben, Huck's best friend.Polly decides not to tell Huck that Karenza's baby may not be Reuben's. When he finds out his is mad with Polly for keeping such a secret from him. I also found found it frustrating that Polly would not set a date for the wedding. Polly never knew her father and that her led her to commitment issues.I liked Mount Polbearn it reminded me of the village where Doc Martin is set. I loved Karenza and her loud husband Reuben. My star of the book was Neil the puffing who sleeps next to the aga.I have the other two books in the Beach Street Bakery series which I now look forward to reading. Unfortunately this was the last book of the series. I wonder who will star in Jenny's next Christmas book.

  • Sue
    2019-01-20 23:21

    This is the third book in the Little Beach Street Bakery trilogy by Jenny Colgan. It can be read as a stand alone with no confusion but it's such a good series that I think you need to read them all!In this book, we go back to Mount Polbearne, a small isolated island in Cornwall, England just as the Christmas season is beginning. Polly is the town baker and is trying to keep up with demand from the townspeople plus spend enough time with her boyfriend Huckle and their pet Puffin Neil. Polly and Huckle are having problems with money after they bought a lighthouse to live in that won't stay warm in the winter and needs a lot of work done. To make extra work, Polly agrees to cater the Christmas celebration for her best friends very rich husband. Anything that can go wrong with her plans and her romance, goes wrong during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Will Polly be able to overcome the stresses on her life and live happily ever after? This is a great book to read full of love and family and the quirky and often very funny people of the town. I enjoyed the entire series and hate knowing that this is the end of our stories about Polly and Huckly and their pet puffin.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  • Rosie
    2019-01-27 17:57

    4.5 NEEDS AN EPILOGUE omgggggg

  • Mel
    2019-02-15 22:53

    I didn't like the baby plot or the estranged father plot or Huckle being an ass. I do love Neil though....

  • Mary
    2019-02-15 00:56

    Another sweet, charming story about Polly, Huckle, and Neil the Puffin. Polly's discovery about her family and relationship with her Mum added a nice emotional dimension to the tale. I hate to say it, but Kerensa and Reuben are my least favorite thing about this story. However, the rest of it, the lovely little village, the food, the town folk, are all so wonderful I let that duo slide. And I forgive the slightly implausible and saccharine ending. I really want a puffin. And I really love this author.

  • Deb
    2019-02-04 19:21

    Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is the third and possibly final (say it isn't so!) book with these characters and set in an adorable Cornish coastal village. I recommend reading Little Beach Street Bakery (my review here) and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery (my review here) before this one. I do think it is possible to catch up on the story without reading the first two books, but why would you want to? You'll get all of the back stories, the character growth, experience living in a lighthouse, and sppend more time with Neil, the most adorable 'pet' puffin out there. This third book finds Polly running her bakery and scrambling to afford the upkeep of the lighthouse she and Huckle are living in. Huckle has marriage on his mind but Polly is hesitating on taking the next step. The storm mentioned in the back cover blurb is less of an issue to happy holidays than the tension between Polly and Huckle, family drama for Polly, pregnancy and issues between her best friend Kerensa and her husband (and Huckle's bestie) Ruben, and a threat to the local puffin sanctuary. But this is a Jenny Colgan book and it's Christmas, so ultimately things end on a satisfying note, making this a happy holiday read for even the Grinchiest of hearts. In the foreword Colgan mentions that Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is (probably) the last book in this series but I hope that's not the case. As much as I have enjoyed her other books like The Bookstore on the Corner and The Cafe By the Sea, I have a special place in my heart for these characters and village--I'd love to continue on with them.You can see my review and the "Awesome Hot Chocolate" from the book on my blog post here: A review copy of "Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery" was provided to me by the author and the publisher, Harper Collins, via TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Shopgirl
    2019-01-26 17:58

    Vraisemblablement dernier volet de la série de la petite boulangerie, Jenny Colgan conclut avec douceur et tendresse cette aventure . Plus que les intrigues, c’est l’univers chaleureux de Polly, ses amis , Neil et le phare qui font qu’il est agréable de passer du temps avec eux . Le premier reste mon préféré mais ce dernier tome ne démérite pas et c’est intéressant de voir le passé de Polly un peu exploré . Au revoir Mont Polbearne !

  • Melissa
    2019-01-22 17:08

    Colgan's third trip to Mount Polbearne revisits Polly, Huckle, Neil and the rest of the gang. As always, the bakery goods are so delectably described that they will cause readers to want to bake, even if they've never tried before. At times, the drama is a tad overwrought, much of it avoidable with simple communication. Yet the ending brings a sigh of happiness, and things turn out well for all involved (as they typically do in these tales). Knowing there's a happily-ever-after just makes the book more enjoyable and is a fitting cap to the series.Polly and Huckle are happy living in their homey (yet freezing) lighthouse, but Huckle isn't content with the way things are. He wants them to get married and consider having a baby, but Polly is busy with the bakery and isn't sure she's quite ready for all of that. When Polly's best friend Kerensa reveals a huge secret and asks Polly to keep it strictly to herself, it puts Polly in a horrible situation that affects everything and everyone around her. As they move toward Christmas, different stressors bring Polly nearly to the breaking point.

  • Carolyn
    2019-02-04 21:20

    Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery is an adorable, delightful, light book to read.It's the third story in the series starting with Little Beach Street Bakery and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery. You could read this on it's own but it would be a shame to miss out on Little Beach Street Bakery and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery where it all began. I've read the whole Puffin series now! Such a cute story.You'll hear all about Polly, the Baker and Huckle and his honey along with the star of the show, Neil the adorable Puffin.I can see him now dressed in a straw hat!A lot of research went into these books on puffins, fishermen and life in Cornwall and it does make me want to visit there!There are some delightful recipes at the back of this book, including Hot Chocolate to warm your heart on a cold winter's day, Knishes (a Jewish version of a pasty), Fruit Mincemeat Twists and Galette Des Rois (French).Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery.

  • Mandy Radley
    2019-02-05 20:07

    This is the third book in the Little Beach Street Bakery trilogy and again we catch up with Polly, Huckle and the puffin Neil along with all the other characters of Mount Polbearne at Christmas. What I call a 'fluffy' read for this time of year and Jenny Colgan finishes (possibly, who knows) the series off lovely. It's always comforting reading one of her books.

  • Robin Stevens
    2019-02-15 01:01

    Hooray for Jenny Colgan, and baking, and puffins, and love. I just want to be her friend, and I adore these amazing warm romantic books. 14+*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*

  • Laurie
    2019-02-07 19:11

    I had not read this author before.I liked this book a lot. Enjoyable fun holiday read. The ending was predictable but had a twist to it. I'll be reading more of Colgan's books.I loved Neil.

  • Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
    2019-01-17 23:07

    A lovely ending to my favourite Jenny Colgan series!

  • Gaele
    2019-02-08 22:54

    A favorite from the start, the series is about Polly and her reclaiming her life and chasing her dream as a bread maker, and with what the author mentions as the last in the series, this book couldn’t have packed more punch, answers or drama into the mix. Polly and Huckle have bought the old lighthouse, and are making do with the draughty windows and endless stairs on the remote Cornish Island. She’s feeling more a part of the community, but the pressure to earn more in the slow season as only the locals are left on the island have her busier than ever. All she wants is to have a quiet (read sleep late and binge movies in bed) Christmas, as she wonders about Neil’s return minus his mate and apparent lack of concern with his singleton status. Understand that Neil is a puffin, with his own particular approach to life (naps by the Aga, rides in the sidecar, plenty of baked treats and floury or buttery footprints across the table), and he’s a wonderful character and almost constant companion for Polly. Now engaged, Polly is overthinking the whole “being married and having children’ issue with Huckle. As Kerensa puts is – he hears Polly no love Huckle, Polly no marry Huckle, Huckle so sad, Huckle marry random twenty-year old. He’s not willing to push her, but he’s concerned that she doesn’t want him…or that something is missing. In fact, almost nothing is missing. Kerensa is pregnant with a whole litany of secrets that she has sworn Polly not to reveal. Polly’s own personal history and not knowing her own father, and her mother’s unwillingness to explain or discuss the situation, when combined with the secret that she is keeping for Kerensa has her tense, nervous and wondering about all of the answers she’s missing for herself. A phone call and a chance to get those answers, combined with an invitation / request from Reuben to come for Christmas and cater the baked goods coincides with a request from the manager of the Puffin Sanctuary where Neil met his soon to be ex, and their need for funds to keep going. Add in a baby arriving almost a month earlier than expected, a freak snow storm seeing Nan the Van off the road and leaking carbon monoxide, a last minute request to cater at Reuben’s (again) and a HUGE surprise that removes all decisions and even choice from Polly, the story jumps from one high point to another, bringing heart, family and plenty of growth to Polly and her connection and ties to her own bakery. Through the series we’ve watched Polly grow – from her initial stranger in a strange land feelings on the island, to becoming a welcome and accepted member of the community. Colgan’s writing style makes the story flow easily and feel conversational. You could be sitting next to her in Nan the Van as she trundles over to the mainland, playing with Neil, or watching Reuben raise the roof and generally bully, cajole or buy his way with everything. Even Reuben, with his bluster, bullying and brashness is able to show his true heart: when you are in with him – you need only ask (or seem to need something that his lovely wife, Kerensa, decides is a must have) and there are no holds barred. From the start, this series is transporting and wonderfully engaging: the perfect set of books to transport you elsewhere and have you dreaming of an icy bedroom in the top of a Cornish Lighthouse. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-02-14 20:22

    I adore Jenny Colgan' books. They're feel-good, heart-warming escapist reading and they never disappoint. I'm always eager to read Colgan's newest book. The latest North American release is Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery.If you're already a Jenny Colgan fan, you'll be delighted to know that this is the third book in the Little Beach trilogy. Now, you don't have to have read previous books in this series to enjoy this latest - but you'd appreciate the story more if you had.I adore the (imagined) Cornish town Colgan had used as a setting. Mount Polbearne is (happily) cut off from the mainland twice a day by the tides and is populated by an eclectic group of townsfolk. It's somewhere I could cheerfully live. Polly is the owner of the Little Beach Street Bakery. She, her boyfriend Huckle and pet puffin Neil make their home in a repurposed lighthouse. Huck is ready to take the next step in their lives, but Polly is hesitant to change the good thing they have going.Polly is looking forward to a quiet Christmas Day with just Huckle, but of course that's not meant to be. Her friend Kerensa is having a personal crisis, her husband Reuben asks Polly to take on a crazy amount of catering (and truthfully she needs the money), a piece of Polly's past makes itself known and there's trouble between her and Huck. Can all of this be resolved? In time for Christmas? As always, the warmth, friendship and romance elements shine through. Colgan does take on a few heavier topics in this latest - and handles them very well.Polly is a wonderful lead character - warm, kind, thoughtful and more - just the kind of person you'd love to have in your circle of friends. Huck is pretty much the perfect boyfriend. But it's Neil who takes best supporting player!Descriptions of baking and baked goods will have your mouth watering. And might be a catalyst for starting your holiday baking! Colgan includes recipes for some of Polly's creations.This is the time of the year when I enjoy seasonal reading, cosying up with a feel-good read, a cup of tea and a warm blanket. Delightful, inviting and heartwarming, Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery was the perfect start to my holiday reading. In the author's notes, Colgan indicates this may be the last Little Beach book. I'll miss Polly and company (especially Neil!), but know I'll love whatever and whoever Colgan writes next.