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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Little Beach Street Bakery | Mini Review

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐

"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."


Little Beach Street Bakery is the first novel in a romance series of the same name by Jenny Colgan.

I was in a particular mood when I picked this book up. I was on the hunt for something that would give me No Reservations vibes. Unfortunately for me, all I ended up with were recommendations similar to the Anthony Bourdain book and not the movie starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, so I had to settle with a book with some form of cooking or baking involved in it. That is how I stumbled upon this one.

I enjoyed myself more towards the beginning compared to the end since the plot quality dropped a bit the more I read on. I liked reading about Polly baking and slowly getting closer to the townspeople. Where the book lost me though was with the romance which was...not great. I don't like where the romance went at all and it ended up dropping my rating because of the direction and choices the author made. It went from being a cozy-ish read about baking to a cliche hallmark movie with bad writing. Overall it evened out my rating to the middle mark, but I would have rather skipped the book.

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