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Summary

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 she about to lose everything she loves?

©2015 Jenny Colgan (P)2015 Isis Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"This delightful novel will make you feel warm inside - it makes a fab Mother's Day gift." ( Closer)
"Cheery and heart-warming escapism." ( Sunday Mirror)
"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)

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Lovely Story!

A lovely heart warming story which brought a tear to my eye!

I would definitely recommend it but make sure you read the Little Street Bakery first.

Enjoy!

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I loved every minute of it.

This story made me laugh and cry and I wish their story would carry on.

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Can't help but like the main character.

An easy listen and a pleasant story different enough to keep your interest. Well told by the narrator.

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Great story line and characters! Loved it

What made the experience of listening to Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery the most enjoyable?

The story line and introduction of the characters and the puffin! It was well written and well read! I loved it just as much as the first one too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Huckle was my favourite character due to how laid back he was his free spirit and he sounds like a hunk!

What does Anne-Marie Piazza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The way she portrays the characters is spot on and her accents make the story come to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I wanted to listen to it all at once!!! Didn't want to stop!

Any additional comments?

Much enjoyed would recommend to any or my friends for a good chilled listen.

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Difficult to listen to

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narration and less ridiculous plot and characterisation

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It relied too much on a previous book (I mistakenly thought the Beach Cafe book I'd read was related to this one).

How could the performance have been better?

Learn how to pronounce Mousehole and Polperro properly
Don't even try to do American and west country accents - they were appalling

What character would you cut from Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery?

Ruben and his wife

Plus I'd make Huck British so I didn't have to listen to the appalling accent

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The whole Neil the Puffin thing really annoyed me, it seemed so unlikely. However, I was already annoyed when the narrator mispronounced the place names in the introduction! I spent most of my childhood in the west country and I found it very difficult to listen to this book.

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Another great story...

Yet another great book from Jenny Colgen. I was gripped from beginning to end. A lovely story which had me smiling one minute, and crying my eyes out the next. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I hope there will be another story soon

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Easy, fun, great food in a wonderful setting!

Loved Polly and Neil and the excellent array of accents especially the west country ones!!

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Brilliant

Haven't put the Telly on for 3 days loved this book and loved Polly, and I would defiantly lesson too again xx super book, supper writing and a fabulous narrater xx

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light, easy, enjoyable listen.

Nice . easy enjoyable listen. good continuation of the story from the first book

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Another cracker from Colgan

Always an enjoyable read: loveable characters, beautiful setting description and just enough suspense to keep you reading without anything too dramatic. Greatly enhanced by reading whilst on holiday in Cornwall! :-)

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loved it. a sweet story with perfect twists. I liked following up on the heroines life.