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The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Jenny Colgan has written a number of books with her heroines cooking or running shops which are all charming. This delightful tale joins them. Polly, broke emotionally and financially, decamps to Cornwall and bakes bread therapeutically. The grumpy old lady who runs the bakery feels threatened but she collapses and is taken to hospital so Polly stands in for her. It is a lovely friendly community and Polly makes lots of friends. You can see the love interest a mile off but that doesn’t matter for you have to get through the required complications before all comes right and that is such fun. Most enjoyable.

If you like Jenny Colgan you might also like to read books by Carmen Reid, Jane Green and Jane Long.


The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes ...And people start to hear about it.


I'm definitely going to be re-reading this fantastic book. A really lovely story and the perfect summer escapism * Essentials Magazine * This delightful novel will make you feel warm inside - it makes a fab Mother's Day gift * Closer Magazine * We love Jenny Colgan's books, but Little Beach Street Bakery is definitely one of our favourites, utterly charming, atmospheric and brilliantly written it will captivate you and keep you totally absorbed until the very end. We loved it! HIghly recommended! * Hot Brands, Cool Places * Cheery and heart-warming escapism * Sunday Mirror *

About the Author

Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France.

Click here to read an interview with Jenny Colgan by Mary Hogarth.

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

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11th March 2014


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Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


464 pages


Romantic Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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