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Little Beach Street Bakery: The ultimate feel-good read from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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Little Beach Street Bakery was everything that I hoped it would be and more! There are a wonderful selection of characters to meet and get to know, and by the end of the book, all of the local people felt like my own personal neighbours and friends. I especially loved that they had their own individual voices and issues in their lives, and that some of these were explored too. And best of all? The book even has the most adorable puffin in it! More importantly, her treats begin to draw the attention of the locals. It isn’t long before Polly realizes that the work of her hands is actually a boon to her community, the sort of boon the locals have been looking for to add a spark to their lives. The first book in the Little Beach Street Bakery series tells how Polly lost everything she cared about in life and then received something even more precious.

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I rarely read Christmas themed books at any time of the year, yet as soon as I saw this one I knew it would come home from the library with me. It is just the thing for those times you want something light and feel good to read. And I was not disappointed. Even though at times things seem a bit over the top, I was happy to go along with it. It was easy to be drawn into the stories and problems of these characters. Hoover is one of the freshest voices in new-adult fiction, and her latest resonates with true emotion, unforgettable characters and just the right amount of sexual tension. While there, she is surprised to find that her life can still thrive even in the midst of heartbreak and perceived failure.Neil was by far the cutest addition to the story even though he was unrealistically tame, but whatever! Now I want a pet puffin. It's often the blurbs that convince me to read a book, and it was the last paragraph of the above one that especially captured my attention. As a result, I had a built in expectation of what was coming as I read. By the time I reached the end, I wondered if maybe I missed something. There was a big storm. And it did cause a lot of havoc. However, events didn't play out quite the way the blurb suggests . . . When Polly’s long-term relationship comes crashing down and with it the business they’ve built together, she’s left to start over completely from scratch. With so few options available to her, she agrees to rent a run-down flat with a leaky roof on the island of Polbearne. She finds solace in utilizing her baking skills and filling the air of the island with the enticing smell of freshly baked bread.

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Right now, she wanted to sit in her eyrie of a sitting room at the very top of the house, drink tea, eat a cheese twist and simply relax and enjoy the view: the sea, ever changing; clouds scudding past so close she could touch them; the little fishing boats bobbing out across the water in faded greens and browns, their winches and nets heavy behind them, looking tiny and fragile against the vast expanse of the sea. She just needed five minutes’ peace and quiet before heading down to the bakery to relieve her colleague Jayden for the lunchtime shift. The peril is greater this time around, the stakes are higher and things look pretty bleak for a good portion of this book. There are a number of very moving sections and I even had tears rolling down my cheeks twice succumbed to my book allergy and had to start freebasing antihistamines.

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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.

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