Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She's at her happiest when she's creating delicious, doughy treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She's determined that this Christmas is going to be their best on yet, but life doesn't always work out as planned...
When Polly's best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. And then a face from Polly's past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that's not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?
I never imagined that I would be reading my first Christmas novel of 2016 in September in the sunshine sitting around the pool but that is what the excitement of a new Jenny Colgan book does to you!
Christmas at The Little Beach Street Bakery reunites us with our much loved characters from the previous Beach Street books. Polly is still busy baking delicious delights to make our mouth water and when she is not working she just wants to curl up with Huckle. Polly’s best friend Kerenesa plays a bigger part in this book as she finds herself in a terrible position which she shares with Polly putting her in a very awkward situation which could also cause big problems for Polly and Huckle’s relationship.
There are family and financial worries in this book and the author shows how financial strain can put pressure on relationships which is something many people will relate to but it isn’t just personal financial worries, the Puffin Sanctuary is in trouble too and the loving caring woman Polly is soon finds this weighing heavily on her shoulders too!
I was a huge fan of the previous Little Beach Street Bakery books so I couldn’t wait to be reunited with the characters we have all come to know and love and become so familiar with but there is always that worry that as much as you love the characters by book 3 in a series where can you take the characters journey next without feeling like the series has been strung out? I had no reason to worry though as this books plot was just as strong and enjoyable as the first book.
At the beginning of the book the author does say this is the last book in the series (probably) and I was devastated as I don’t want to let Polly and the gang go but now having finished reading this book I think Jenny Colgan has done so much with the characters in this book and has wrapped up the end so perfectly so I think she has made the right decision to part with Polly now.
Although Christmas does feature in the book it isn’t overly festive so I do feel this is a book that can be read and enjoyed anytime of the year. It is an entertaining and sometimes humorous read but it also a book about true love and friendship as well as family issues which will tug at the heart strings but don’t worry Neil is back and will put a smile on your faces!
Make someone’s Christmas this year and buy them a copy of Christmas at the Beach Street Bakery it is sure to warm their hearts this winter.