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Publisher's Summary

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 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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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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Love!

Another great story by jenny Colgan, I can't get enough of her beautiful and poetic stories! :)

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What’s with the Little Beach Street Narrators?

I honestly didn’t know if I could make it through with this narrator! The first book’s narrator made all the men sound like pirates. This one doesn’t know that the southern USA has different accents, just like England does. The characters from Savannah, Georgia should have the smooth, melodious tones of Rhett Butler or Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday. Instead, they sound like they just slid from their horses after a cattle drive in Fort Worth, Texas. They are not cowboys. And It’s grating how she has to haltingly enunciate “The. Little. Beach. Street. Bakery.” each time it’s mentioned. It really kills the flow.

For the story, it’s okay. The bread van bears a remarkable resemblance to the book van in another Colgan book. It was disheartening how often pleasant Polly from book one was described as “grumbling” and shrinking in the face of a bully. The story was decent if a bit predictable. All’s well that ends well, right??

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  • Ry
  • 08-02-18

Love

This is a beautifully written story. It puts you right in the scenery with this darling story surrounding you.

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  • Ellie
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 05-07-18

love this series

Jenny Colgan is one of my favorite authors. I'd put these in the category of a type of fairy tale without the fantasy. it's somewhat predictable but sweet and sometimes funny. it's also a great reminder to appreciate life as you're living it, and when things go south to remember they will get better again.

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Ok listen

There is more angst in this one. There is also more action. I think the first one is my favorite, but I'd still listen to this one. I felt it got a bit too pc on the bird issue.

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Lovely story💟

A lovely sequel to The Little Beach Street Bakery. same memorable​ characters in new situations plus a new villain. perfect summer reading!

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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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I Absolutely love Jenny Colgen!!!

Jenny Colgen does it again. I laughed, cried, and even found myself screaming out loud at the characters and some of the bonehead things they did. At times was sitting on the edge of my seat, dying to find out what happens next.