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
She has the loveliest female voice but made all the men sound like werewolves. I had a hard time rooting for the love story since all the men sounded like a beasts.
I can't listen to it. The narrator is very inappropriate for the main character, and her performance of the other characters is very jarring. I've tried as few times to listen to it. Far from being a nice relaxing listen, the narrator stresses me out.
A completely different narrator!
Not sure why, but audible won't let me return this book. Very disappointing.
After recently enjoying Colgan's "The Bookshop on the Corner", I was surprisingly disappointed in this novel. The storyline was flat and unimaginative, and had too many failed attempts at forcing character depth.
The narration was terrible. Overall the narrator has a pleasant voice, but it is completely wrong for this book. The narrator's voice belongs to a 60 year-old woman, not the early 30's of the main character. And her attempts at doing male voices--particularly a male with a southern drawl--were embarrassing; every male character sounded like a demon-spawn muppet. Adding insult to injury, Polly's BFF had the lilt of a worn-out 70 year-old whore.
What did I like? I liked Polly turning a passion into a future, Huckle's beekeeping moxy, and the idea of a forgotten little town that survives on its own accord.
Overall, a pretty awful book with a few redeeming qualities. I won't be seeking out the second of this series, and will be returning this title without hesitation.
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.
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