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 favorite 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 beekeeper, 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.
©2014 Jenny Colgan (P)2015 Tantor
"This confection of a novel...will please her fans and can be recommended to readers who enjoy novels by Jill Mansell and Jojo Moyes." (Booklist)
It got a little far-fetched. I love the stories of a women being down but recovering against the odds. I loved the parts about baking bread, taking care of honey bees and fishing but when it got into the crazy wild gazillionaire and the Star Wars wedding I lost interest. I also didn't like the narrator's southern accent. It's a book. I would rather listen to the same voice than a bad attempt to sound like a man, or worse a southern man.
No. Because of the above comments.
Bake bread. I just finished making my 4th loaf. :)
If you are missing Under the Tuscan Sun, here is a decent replacement in seaside Cornwall with warm bread instead of Italy and olives. I liked the people, place, and the mood. It was what I was looking for at the time.
Male characters are a problem (as always), and I could guess what was going to happen, but you are surrounded by the smell of warm bread and salty breezes-so why not.
A nice story but the narrator is way to old for the main character and her facility for American accents was poor
It was disconcerting to have a late 50s voice come from a early 30s character. I almost had to stop listening because it was so weird
If I hadn't purchased it I would have stopped listening immediately
Very entertaining. I like that it is set in a small seaside, medieval village in England.
The author does an excellent job of weaving the lives of these flawed characters together. Each of them help the other navigate through loss, sadness and the joys of living in a small town. You will fall in love with Polly, Neal, and many other characters on this story. I will definitely read other books by this author.
This is a charming and light story, and the main character is engaging. However, the narration is disappointing -- the male characters' parts are mostly all read in a slurred and gravelly voice that is hard on the ears. Best to enjoy this story as a traditional book.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: Near Plymouth, Cornwall, England Contemporary
Genre: Chick-lit, romance
After both her professional life and long-time romance do a crash-and-burn, Polly finds herself single, jobless, and living on a small allowance from the bank pending the sale of the posh apartment she owned with her ex. Having no where safe and affordable to live, she ends up in a short term lease of a flat on a tidal island off Cornwall. This may, or may not, be a good thing. On the one hand, she has a cheap, though crappy, flat. On the other, her ability to come and go are dependent on the tide, making getting employment difficult. On the one hand, there are some really nice people around, while on the other she has the landlady from hell. And she can get stress-relief through her long-time hobby of baking, but the local baker who happens to the aforementioned landlady, has forbidden her selling, bartering, or even giving away her product. Such a conundrum.
This story has some interesting characters besides Polly. The very elegant Karensa, Polly's BFF, begs her not to move to move so far from Plymouth. Mrs. Manse is the evil landlady who wants to curtail Polly's activities. Tarnie is the captain of the fishing boat Trochilis who becomes a friend. Huckle is the American beekeeper who lives on the mainland side of town and provides the honey. Reuben is Huckle's very rich, very boastful, very magnanimous friend. There are a number of locals, as well as incomers, who add to the story. Oh, and there's Neil.
This is a cute little book, with both humor and pathos. The main plot is about a woman finding her niche, not just in the town, but in the wider world. There are a couple of relational subplots, and a huge point of action. What there isn't is sex. I mean, a kiss then your imagination. There are different kinds of kisses, and what's described here could be a quick peck on your grandma's cheek. Descriptions of people are missing or incomplete. You get a sense of the personality, but not the body it inhabits. And the whole package effects your perception of character motivation, so that lack has an effect on the story. Now, the descriptions of the environment and the placement of things within it are rich with detail. You can almost be there in your mind. It really is too bad you can't adequately populate it. There are also a couple of jerks into an alternate point of view that pulled me out of the story.
Over all though, this was a sweet little story I quite enjoyed.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
Jenny Colgan's books are special in that they are defined by their setting, usually a small town in England. This one takes place seaside, and has the charm and flavor of life in a fishing village. A good audible purchase.
No- she cannot do male accents and it is distracting.
The story may have been good but the male accents were so horrendous that it took away from the actual plot. The southern accent sounded like Irish Pirates and the fisherman sounded three sheets to the wind- and like pirates. It was just bizarre- save your credits.
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