Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Little Beach Bakery by Jenny Colgan

What They Say....Amid the ruins of her latest relationship, Polly Waterford moves far away to the sleepy seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives in a small, lonely flat above an abandoned shop.

To distract her from her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, and the local honey-courtesy of a handsome local beekeeper. Drawing on reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes . . . and discovers a bright new life where she least expected it.

What I Say....Everyone knows my favorite genre is chicklit (especially love English chicklit), but I had never read Jenny Colgan before.  I'll be fixing that soon.

The Little Beach Street Bakery follows Polly's journey to a dirty, falling down apartment (the only one she can afford) after her husband puts them into bankruptcy pursuing his "dream'.  He goes home to his mother to lick his wounds, and she heads to a downtrodden island that is barely reachable by car.

She has to work just to make the apartment clean enough to live in.  She has to deal with an angry landlady who gets mad if she bakes in her own apartment.  She has to deal with an injured bird. But she shows the strength that you really only see in women, that ability to keep trying no matter what each day brings.

The things I liked best about this book were the plot twists and turns, Polly doesn't make all of the right decisions, a few times she acts like a perfect jerk (yelling at an old woman, sleeping with a married man), but through it all, she is perfectly human.

The road to her happy ending was not smooth, and I actually wondered if it was going to happen, but like all the best chick lit books, true love prevailed!   I don't know why I like this so much in my books, because I'm pretty cynical about these things in real life.  Reading is my escape......

Current Goodreads Rating 4.17

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