Review of Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Jenny Colgan

William Morrow Paperbacks

October 10, 2017


It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and the perfect moment to escape to a charming English village! From the beloved author whose novels are “sheer indulgence from start to finish” (SOPHIE KINSELLA) comes a delightful holiday story — funny, heartfelt, romantic and packed with recipes — perfect for the winter months.

In the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, the Christmas season has arrived. It’s a joyous time for family, friends, and feasting, as decorations sparkle along the town’s winding streets and shop windows glow with festive displays. And in Polly’s Little Beach Street Bakery, the aroma of gingerbread cookies and other treats tempts people in from the cold.

Though Polly is busy keeping up with the demands of the season, she still makes time for her beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle. She’s especially happy to be celebrating the holiday this year with him, and can’t wait to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog on Christmas Eve.

But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday.

Full of heart and humor, Jenny Colgan’s latest novel is an instant Christmastime classic.


I won’t lie to you. This novel started out in a very high voice that sounded ever so twee and quaint that I floundered because I  love Jenny Colgan novels.

HOWEVER, whatever instigated the beginning of the novel dissipated and I felt like I was back in Jenny Colgan-land where life could be topsy-turvy, but it was familiar. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is the third novel in Colgan’s Beach Street Bakery series (as seems to be usual anymore, I missed the second one); I reviewed the first one here in July.

Polly’s best friend, Karensa is having a huge crisis that not only affects her but Polly and Huckle as well.

I loved this book after the beginning. I loved being with the familiar characters, but finding out more about them and why they are the way they are. Jenny Colgan has such a lovely way of ingratiating her readers into her world and making them feel welcome.

In the course of this novel, Polly comes to terms with herself and Huckle, a major step forward.

It’s a lovely addition to your Christmas reading list. It’s sweet and funny and endearing. it’s like a special love letter from Mount Polbearne.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-and-a-half

4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies

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