Date of Publication: February 25th 2015
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?
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is the sequel to the Little Beach Street Bakery, which was released in 2014. Even though it’s a sequel, you can just easily read this without reading the first one as the basis of the story was clearly explained at the start of the book. However, why would you void yourself of the pleasure of reading a great book from a great author, so I say do read the first one before reading this 🙂
The story basically follows Polly once again at Mount Polbearne where she has her bakery shop running, constantly baking bread, living in the lighthouse with her boyfriend Huckle and Neil the puffin. Everything just seems right but suddenly the previous owner passed away, so the ownership of the bakery falls to her relatives, who goes to such length to make Polly fail in her business. But our girl Polly is nothing short of amazing so she goes and make other plans to make sure she’s successful.
I feel that the story flows very nicely and it was easy to follow even right from the start. Usually when you read the sequel, you would feel a little bit lost when you wanted to remember bits from the last book but that did not happen here. I was invested right from the start and it kept me turning the pages to know what happens next. Some of it are a bit predictable but I am definitely okay with predictability but there are enough twists to make you keep guessing.
The way Jenny Colgan writes is also another reason why I’m such a huge fan of her. She writes in a description so rich that just drew the readers in. There’s one part where there’s a storm taking place and the description was just vivid and real that makes you feel as if you’re a part of it instead of just reading about it. And please, prepare yourselves to be tortured by the many descriptions of baked goods that Polly prepared!
This book is also filled with characters that makes you want to root for them and hug them when there are trouble in their lives. My favourite is of course our girl Polly. She was the same girl I loved reading in the previous book, except that I love her even more in this. She has tenacity that even when the going gets tough, she just gets back right up (oh well, she wallows but she’s allowed to wallow, right?). Huckle is adorable and his relationship with Polly is just a delight to read as they’re two people in so much love and how they supported each other is really something to cheer for. Apart from them, the people living on the island added a little something to the mix as well and you just can’t help but love them all. Well, except for Malcolm, that is.
Overall, this is definitely a delightful book that you should definitely pick up. Filled with enough surprises, twists and turns, beautiful and developed characters, you would definitely enjoy connecting (or re-connecting) with it 🙂