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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 favourite 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 bee keeper, 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)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Ian
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 05-08-15

Great Book, Narration ... not so much

If you could sum up Little Beach Street Bakery in three words, what would they be?

Magical, Affirming, Gentle

What didn’t you like about Anne-Marie Piazza’s performance?

Her accents were honestly terrible. So bad that I cringed. Overall she's not a bad narrator but accents are tough, and this book has Americans and English in it...she probably wasn't the best choice.

Who was the most memorable character of Little Beach Street Bakery and why?

Polly. I love a woman who's finding her feet after difficult circumstances.

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  • Lorna
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 09-15-14

Feelgood love story

I love a feel good love story that also involves food.. I'm a sucker for the cook, eat, love, live type stories and this is one of those with all the ingredients for the perfect storyline. Broken marriage, broken heart, move to another town, a new fling, a new job, a new business built on little money, then a broken heart and a rekindling of a new love.. Ooh yes! Put on your swimsuit, grab a towel, sun cream, hat and a deck chair.. Holiday listening couldn't get better than this.

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Easy listening with an entertaining story

Would you consider the audio edition of Little Beach Street Bakery to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the different accents, thus think the audio book may have been more entertaining (although I thought the US accent was not so authentic, it was still fun)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Poly Waterfold - a sweet person but still human!

What about Anne-Marie Piazza’s performance did you like?

well read - fun, interesting - keeps the audience listening

Who was the most memorable character of Little Beach Street Bakery and why?

The owner of the bakery - she's rude and mean and you kind of hope that she turns out to be a nice person in the end - or perhaps the crazy rich American, although he's a bit annoying and perhaps that's why he's memorable.

Any additional comments?

nice audio for easy listening

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  • Grandma4919
  • 06-04-14

A light Hearted read

This is the first Jenny Colgan book that I've read and I really quite enjoyed it. I'm glad I didn't read some of the other reviews before or I might have missed out on a good light hearted book.
It is an easy listen to story with a gentle story of love and life and all its ups and downs.

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  • tansy
  • 09-11-14

best yet

Where does Little Beach Street Bakery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Loved it...quite highly as the story sits with me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Beach Street Bakery?

I think the misery of failure was described very well as was the grief/anxiety waiting for the boats strongly told.

Have you listened to any of Anne-Marie Piazza’s other performances? How does this one compare?

she's very good - some of the accents slightly off but I couldn't do better!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes I had a few tears here & there!

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed all these books - the story lines are a little Mills & Boon as they get their strong armed, toned chested young man...but the actual people studies are good - Jenny Colgan is a good story teller and that's what you want when you read/listen to a book...it's to escape and to be entertained! Also there is no graphic sex as per some of the other chick lit books, which I cannot bear!

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  • sue
  • 07-11-14

A lovely gentle read....

What did you like most about Little Beach Street Bakery?

The Little Beach Street Bakery is the perfect summer read. It combines wonderful visuals of Cornwall alongside heady descriptions of baking aromas. What more could a woman want? Well worth a read and you will soon be heading off to the local supermarket for yeast and strong flour......

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Beach Street Bakery?

The first night alone in the bakery was well described..

What does Anne-Marie Piazza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She reads with perfect pace...

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A mouthwatering literary treat!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • elpar
  • 06-20-14

Life changing escape to a remote island

Where does Little Beach Street Bakery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best I've listen to

What other book might you compare Little Beach Street Bakery to, and why?

One plus One. Quite different in some ways but both have life changes and strong characters

What about Anne-Marie Piazza’s performance did you like?

Her character voices

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ummm, something sbout escaping the hum drum life for a simpler more fulfilling one

Any additional comments?

A lovely listen. Couldn't stop!

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  • Kia
  • 09-24-14

Gentle summer read

What did you like most about Little Beach Street Bakery?

The narrators voice. Very pleasant voice. Hard to find a nice voice like Anne's. I hope she narrates more books

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not sure. Maybe a more complex story line would have been more enjoyable

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first kiss on the island

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

no

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  • Jenny Hodgkins
  • 02-26-15

Just had to keep listening

A truly delightful book - The characters the location are all brought to life, loved it! Highly recommend it. Happy listening!

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  • siouxiebloo
  • 03-10-15

Beautifully Read Comfort Food!!!

Lovely warm & snug is how this book made me feel, Jenny Colgan at her best... Loved the recipes at the end, nice touch!

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  • Sue
  • 03-09-15

Brilliant, funny, warming book. Great for relaxing

Bought this book as a daily deal, which was great as I would never have found it otherwise! It is a thoroughly enjoyable listen with the voices done so well which makes it so escapist.
One of those books that strikes a chord within - who hasn't dreamt of starting afresh when their life collapses around them?

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  • Rachel
  • 02-13-15

Feel good read

Loved this story filled with heartache, laughter and romance didn't want it to end
Great narrator with lovely clear voice

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  • H
  • 10-01-14

Light and enjoyable.

Would you consider the audio edition of Little Beach Street Bakery to be better than the print version?

I have no idea as I have not read print version.Audio version was excellently narrated though.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Beach Street Bakery?

lots of memorable moments in whole book hard to say which part more than others

What about Anne-Marie Piazza’s performance did you like?

She was very easy to listen to ,a pleasant reading voice that did not try to go over the top with accents.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part when the boat got lost at sea and...just after -don't want to spoil it and give away spoilers here....

Any additional comments?

I bought 'Little Beach Street Bakery' as I was looking for a light, easy read on my Kindle and it definitely didn't disappoint. I found myself being pulled into the story and really caring about the characters - it was sad in places, happy in others and made me laugh out loud more than once.
This is a lovely story and has a real feel good factor about it. The main character, Polly, is written about in such a way that you actually begin to care about her and what happens!
This was my first Jenny Colgan novel and I could not have picked a better story. This is the kind of feel-good book you can eat up in one sitting, because the characters and the storyline just flow and mould together so well.
I loved this book, i was swept away by the story and was smiling most of the way through, Pollys life goes from bad to worse from the breakdown of her long term relationship, no longer able to afford the flat she lived in she has no choice but to move away to a sleepy little village in Cornwall where she knows no one and has to live above an abandoned shop in a run down flat. Trying to make the most of her days since there's not a lot going on in the village she picks up a old hobby she used to love which was baking bread. Soon she has all the locals talking and they all want to sample her baking but not everyone is happy about her hobby, mainly her mean looking landlord who happens to be the local baker. This really is a lovely light read with a touch of romance chucked in too, it had me laughing out loud in places, mainly due to her rescued puffin bird which was so cute and funny and my favourite parts of the book. I would recommend to anyone looking for a bit of light hearted escapism.

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  • Flavia Healy
  • 06-15-16

Charming Little Beach House

Light and easy, peppered with romance and highlighting that it is possible to begin again, under your own terms. Anne-Marie Piazza's voice is soothing and articulate - an enjoyable audio book. Loved the puffin too!

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  • clare
  • 04-03-18

lovely story

beautifully woven, reminiscent of Nina George Little Breton Bistro and Little Paris Bookshop, so I really enjoyed it. The dubbing or editing of the audiobook seems to be a little choppy in places, not enough to distract you from the story, just something I noticed. The Narrator did wonderfully, with the accents and voices.

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  • Pensive
  • 12-28-17

couldnt stop listening

funny exciting sad and full of adventure. more serious themes than jenny colgan usual has but even better for it

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  • Pamela
  • 08-16-17

sweet!

A happy book, but not a Mary Sue. I liked the setting and the plotline, and the people were likable in a realistic way. (You know - you don't like all your neighbours, that would be way too Teletubbies. But they all have a place in your community.) And the puffin was way cute.

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  • Kristy
  • 02-01-17

Charming story, good narration, but lacking depty

What did you like best about Little Beach Street Bakery? What did you like least?

The story started out well, but didn't really gain much momentum. It wasn't terrible, but it was just okay. I didn't really identify with the characters and thought they lacked depth.
I liked the narrator, although she wasn't excellent at the American accent for the character of Huckle.

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  • Corrie
  • 08-14-16

Fabulous Storyline! Wonderful Narrator!

Loved this book! I was hooked from the first chapter and absolutely adored going on journey of laughs, tears and smiles with Polly and all her friends (even the not-so friendly ones).

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  • Mari
  • 07-29-16

Good Bread Cures All

This is a charming book, which takes some unexpected turns (for a romance). The narrator, whilst fine for the British accents, could not pull off the American accent. However, this is only a minor quibble and I will definitely be purchasing the sequel.