Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan, Book Journey

*Note – you may notice my reading of late has turned to a lighter side.  That would be true.  In light of my life at this time I have been reading books that are fairly light reads, not too heavy and easy on me.  And with a cover like this one, how could I go wrong?  🙂  ~Sheila


When Polly’s life seems to be falling apart with a relationship FAIL, all Polly wants to do is get away and start somewhere new.  When she goes with her friend Kerensa to visit a quiet seaside town she finds comfort in the extreme solitude of a small worn down flat above an old closed down bakery.  Where Polly sees a new start, Kerensa sees nothing but a run down town with a tide that closes the road to traffic and leaves access to where Polly would live not only inaccessible, but dangerous.

To keep herself busy Polly starts to use her talent of making bread to feed the fisherman that come in by where she lives each day.  When her hobby starts to bring more and more people to her door, with the help of a handful of new friends, a goofy but handsome local beekeeper, and a lot of elbow grease, Polly might just be on to something.



The Little Beach Street Bakery is being compared to the likes of Chocolat.  My distance from the Chocolat read can neither confirm nor deny this comparison.  From what I can recall of the other book, I would say that Little Beach Street Bakery is quite a bit lighter in writing and technique.  While there is a little romance kneaded in throughout the read, it is not the deep compassion of Chocolat.

That said, LBSB is a sweet book of finding your own way in the midst of feeling directionless.  I could relate to this book.  The characters are a mix of fun and quirky – enough so that you never take the book seriously.  The book itself could be compared to a hot loaf of bread; it is fresh, looks wonderfully delicious, and it is comforting.  The honey on top is just the bit of sweetness it needs to bring it all together.

Little Beach Street Bakery is just the type of book I am drawn to this time of year.  A book to read while sitting in the sunshine.





  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 31, 2015)


23 thoughts on “Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

  1. On a day I’m only allowed to eat jello and drink clear liquids, this cupcake looks exCEPTionally good! 😉 And light reading is good. How wonderful the variety of books is wide and virtually endless. So glad you’re a reader, Sheila 😀

  2. Yum, who hasn’t picked out the middle of a fresh loaf of bread on the way home from the bakery as a child! Great analogy for the book, light is often good in my opinion.

  3. I read alot of light books but I haven’t read that one. One I suggest is THE CASE OF THE INVISIBLE DOG by Diane Stingley. It is a parody on Sherlock Holmes and came out today. It had me laughing or smiling throughout it.

  4. You’re on a roll with your blogging! Go you! Good to hear that you’re out in the sunshine and reading books. I’m about to start a book called the Chocolate Promise which I noticed is known as the Chocolate Apothecary on Goodreads. Looks yummy!

  5. This looks like a perfect summer read! Plus I recently made my very first, from scratch raspberry icing for some yummy cupcakes (I am so not a from scratch girl), and so I’m a bit obsessed with cupcakes.

  6. Sheila, it’s been ten years for me, and I still read light, feel good books. I don’t need any more darkness in my life, and neither do you. Enjoy your new choices. Remember, you are not the same person you were, and you need to give in to this new person. Don’t try to become the old you. Please don’t forget that I am, and many others are as well, with you on this journey out of the dark. There is light in your future. Just give it time. Love and hugs.

    1. These are beautiful words and I’d just like to add that my feeling is that you, Sheila, are not necessarily a different person, but the same though with a gaping wound that must heal and will undoubtedly scar deeply. You will gradually emerge again, my friend, from drowning in sorrow. You have many “life preservers” in your family, your friends, your books, your activities–and God. They will all help keep you afloat and you will, upon waves, drift toward shore. As macjam47 knows, from personal experience, and I first hand through a dear friend–give it time.

  7. I totally get the reading “lite” – reading as distraction – ever since losing 3 fam members myself within 6 months , my reading interest has changed. Maybe what actually matters to me is what has changed…
    Every BEsT Wish to you, Sheila, as you process and continue the journey.

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