• Sunrise by the Sea

  • A Little Beach Bakery Novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Catrin Walker-Booth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)

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Sunrise by the Sea

By: Jenny Colgan
Narrated by: Catrin Walker-Booth
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jenny Colgan returns to the setting of her beloved Little Beach Street Bakery series for a timely and heartfelt novel set in a Cornish seaside village.

Marisa Rosso can’t understand why everyone else is getting on with their lives as she still struggles to get over the death of her beloved grandfather, back home in Italy. Everyone loses grandparents, right? Why is she taking it so badly?

Retreating further and further from normal life, she moves to the end of the earth - the remote tidal island of Mount Polbearne, at the foot of Cornwall, hoping for peace and solitude, while carrying on her job as a registrar, dealing with births, weddings, and deaths, even as she feels life is passing her by.

Unfortunately - or fortunately? - the solitude she craves proves elusive. Between her noisy Russian piano-teaching neighbor, the bustle and community spirit of the tiny village struggling back to life after the quarantine, and the pressing need to help save the local bakery, can Marisa find her joy again at the end of the world?

©2021 Jenny Colgan (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good series, iffy narrator

This is a good serious if you need some thing with a happy ending.The narration was pretty good except for the voice of Huckle. This narrator cannot and should not do American accents. Thankfully, Huckle was only a minor character in this one.

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Another good listen

I found this and the rest in this series wonderful listening experiences and stories. Every time I finish, I feel as if I’m leaving friends behind.

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First you need to know that I have read most of Jenny Colgan's books and I love them. They are beautiful, truly wonderful vacations into worlds where bad things happen but there are also happy endings for her characters, who are courageous and carry on in the face of some of life's true miseries. Jenny has a way of noticing and painting word pictures of simple, everyday things that show love and bring joy. That is her magic.

In this book she tackles mental health by creating a character who is agoraphobic and severely anxious. And I have to say, what she portrays seems to me to be a mentally-healthy person's perception of what this phobia is about and what is required to "cure" it. I get it that in this book she wanted to address some of the emotional issues that many people are experiencing due to the pandemic. For them, this story will probably be appropriate and hopeful and possibly helpful.

I want to make the point that these emotional issues are not the same as having a phobia, or many other varieties of mental illness. If mental illness could be "cured" by some therapy sessions and, essentially, using willpower to change one's mind or one's thinking, there wouldn't be many mentally ill people left in the world. We all would have done that long, long ago.

If you have a mental illness, you might want to consider this aspect of the writing before buying this book. It felt ableist to me, wrapped up in an admittedly lovely package.

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good story

Why is it that we go through all the bad times with a character and when things finally get good the book ends? It was a very good story, but three quarters of the book is so depressing I want to jump off the roof. A couple of times I almost shut it down and thought I'd give it a little longer. I'm glad I did.

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Overcoming obstacles has never been so charmingly told.

This book was a delightful story with vivid lovely characters and a story as old as time. Very enjoyable and charming.

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Sweet

I liked this book and the narrator had more voices up her sleeve than you can shake a stick at!

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Sunrise by the Sea

Easy listen, some serious content. It's fun to see how everyone in the village is doing!

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I love visiting the bakery…

I adore these stories. The only thing wrong with them is that they are too short!

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loved loved loved!

great book that drew me in. gave me hope when down and a way to pull myself up.

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Once again…

Once again Jenny Colgan shines a light on a difficult subject to explain. Depression that manifests itself slowly into agoraphobia and the slow road back if you’re lucky enough to have the help you need available to you. Fun to catch up with cast of characters we’ve come to love and to be reminded that no challenge is insurmountable with friendship, family and community.