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A thriving bakery. A lighthouse to call home. A handsome beekeeper. A pet puffin. These are the things that Polly Waterford can call her own. This is the beautiful life she leads on a tiny island off the southern coast of England. But clouds are gathering on the horizon. A stranger threatens to ruin Polly's business. Her beloved boyfriend seems to be leading a secret life. And the arrival of a newcomer - a bereft widow desperately searching for a fresh start - forces Polly to reconsider the choices she's made, even as she tries to help her new friend through grief. Unpredictable and unforgettable, this delightful novel will make you laugh, cry, and long for a lighthouse of your own.

©2015 Jenny Colgan (P)2016 Tantor

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Not loving the narration

Yes the American accents are horrid. But they were in the first book of the series too. In the first book the American accents were all completely the same even though one was a standard American accent and one was a Southern one. And they all sounded like a easy weird version of Clint Eastwood, even tho they'd be youngish men. In this book the thing that's bothering me the most is the probable mispronunciation of Huckle's brother's name. Which I assume is DuBois and would either be pronounce du-bwah, or du-boyz, and she pronounces it du-bows which is driving me ca-razy. So it is ruining a sweet story but what are you going to do....

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Enjoyable story, not so enjoyable narrator

The narration for the first book was much more enjoyable. Though in both cases, the “southern” accent was terrible. It would be so much better with an actual southerner reading for Huckle. Also, I don’t like the character changes to Huckle in this book. He was such a nice guy in the first book but now he kinda sounds like a jerk.

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Horrible accent

The american accent is so bad, I can't finish the story. Colgan tells great stories, I can't listen to another word.

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not as good as the first in the series

Lacking the novelty of the first book in the series, this one was good but not special. I also preferred the narrator for the previous book. In the end, I was glad to continue the stories of the beach street characters.

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Good narration, shallow story

I really enjoyed a couple of more current books from Jenny Corgan but this one us really shallow.
I kept expecting it to get better because it has an intriguing beginning but there is nothing but gossip and overdone pet puffin anecdotes.
I was hoping for more depth but it isn’t even funny.
This book feels like she tried too hard to be clever but just came across shallow.
DNF at chapter six

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Narrators voice so shrill I couldnt listen

I love to readJenny Colagan but was unable to tolerate the shrill hi pitched squeaky voice of the narrator

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Different Narrator

Beware if you listened to the first book...this is not the same narrator. I was extremely disappointed to find the quality of the narration lacking. The character voices in the first book were distinctive and well done. This narrator did a horrible job especially with the characters of Huck and Rubin who are supposed to have a Southern US accent. At times the different accents weren't even the same. I loved listening to the first book, and I was excited to hear more of the story. It was painful to even try to listen to the second audio book, and it really took away from the story.

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Charming Cornwall story marred by Southern accent

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I love the charming, light-hearted and humorous story that Jenny Colgan created in this Little Beach Street series including this book. The narrator of this book, Alison Larkin, is a different one than the first book, Vieda Dehmlow. Ms. Alison Larkin does an overall good job of narrating, mostly, and portraying the various local accents (as far as I can tell) but her attempt at a Southeastern American accent for Huck and his brother is horrible. They both sounds like some twisted characters from Twin Peaks or something - a cartoon trying to make them look as stupid as possible. It was grating to hear their dialogue, although the rest of the book was great and the only reason I listened to the end. Bring back Ms. Dehmlow please, if there are any new books in this series in future.

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Not as good as 500 miles From you

A little boring I liked the characters but narrators southern accent was horrible! not sure I will finish the series

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Loved this story

Loved this story and all the characters. Laughed out loud many times. Such a delight