Monday, April 21, 2014

606#Ai no Kotoba ~ [Book Review] Little Beach Street Bakery

[edited: Dec 30, 2015] 

Little Beach Street Bakery is the newest release written by Jenny Colgan, the author of Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams. This is not a story about a sweet shop, but it tells a story of a bakery near the sea of Cornwall. 

Rating : 4.5/5

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their townhouse, she has to move miles away from everyone, to the sleepy little seaside resort of Polbearne, 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.

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.

Polly Waterford loses her business, her love life and her house. With the stresses and worries, she tries to find a house with reasonable price. After countless of searching, she chooses an old flat, barely liveable somewhere on the little known island of Cornwall named Mount Poulbearne. In her efforts to regain her life, Polly meets Tarnie the fisherman and his crews, Huckle the bee keeper and Mrs. Manse the grumpy bakery owner. Polly looks for a job but all of her applications being turned down. In the end, Polly helps Mrs. Manse to operate her old bakery under her flat. Polly always has a thing about baking but she never thinks to bake for a living. This is not the end of Polly's story. It's just a beginning.

Would Polly continue her stay or return to her roots in Plymouth?

Neil the puffling (puffin's little bird) is so cute! He makes Polly relaxes and when I imagine the little bird being so attached to Polly makes me smile ;)

What I love about this book is the way Colgan pictured Mount Poulbearne. When I read a bakery and a beach in the same sentence, I could not relate these two. Unless it's an ice cream shop and a beach. I should expect there would be a bakery somewhere in a beach but an ice cream shop makes more sense.

I wonder what would it become if Polly was to open an ice cream shop?

The plot is greatly arranged. The pace is not too fast and I understand what Colgan wants to tell in her story. Would love to read her next book ;)

Till then.

1 comment:

Nurul Farahizzati Zakaria said...

salam hana.. lama xsinggah sini... :)

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