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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Jenny Colgan (P)2017 ISIS UK

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Loved it

This is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer Colman and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very sweet story!

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Book not as described

This book was described as a charming little cottage bakery Christmas story. Rather; the book was written about a woman with a troubled past that could not commit to her fiancé, her friend who committed adultery and believed she was giving birth to another man’s baby; and although all was sorted in the end this was not a charming bakery Christmas book by ANY means.

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I had such a lovely time with this book

This book was exactly what I needed. I love these characters, what a mish mash with little and yet so much to recommend them. Perfect story for this time of the year. I cannot do the things I once did so easily, this book took my mind right into it and thoroughly entertained me. Thank you truly.

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Drop the southern accent

The American accent is terrible, really makes it hard to actually listen to the story.

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delicious

A bit wordy. Sweet story. Most of the voices were good. Great setting and food detail.

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Magical

I really enjoyed this book. The story and the atmosphere where perfectly described. The only thing that bothered me was Huckles accent. I’ve never meet anyone from Virginia with such a deep
Southern accent like that. Besides that very charming.

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Cute story, but the American accent?

Ooooh I so wish they didn’t attempt an American accent. I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m finding it incredibly distracting and almost offensive whenever the reader tries to talk like an American man, but I’m not giving up just yet :) I can only imagine it’s hard to try and switch accents, it just loses the real ness of the story when it’s done as such a caricature

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perfection

I loved this series and am sad to see it end, but who knows....... there is always hope.

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cute Christmas themed romance novel

We pick up with Polly's story from Little Beach Street Bakery, where she is juggling several issues, none of which resonated with me. Despite this, I have a soft spot for Neil the Puffin and also Christmas-themed fiction. Voila: this book. Do I recommend? No, unless you are a romance story person in which case, yes. Be forewarned: this is a lite romance suitable to double-tasking whilst listening.

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Another just ok book in the series.

Like the other books in the series, this one is just OK - If you can't find anything better to listen to, maybe try it. Like almost all of Colgan's books, they're written like women are still in the 1920s - with lots of whining about not having a baby by the time they're in their 30s and, in this case, major dilemma about a friend being pregnant by possibly another man. I anticipated that since it's the same in all of Colgan's books, but it was so bad in this one that I almost didn't make it through the whole book.

There's also a major editing gaff in the story line of the main character's father between this book and the first. Early in the first, the main character is in tears when she almost looses the Alice in Wonderland her dad gave her and says he died suddenly when she was in her 20s. It's significant as it's how she meets the sailors. In this one, her dad was somehow never in her life and that theme becomes a major story line in the book. I'm not sure how that was overlooked by either the author or her editors.