I know, I know, it’s Easter, and I’m reviewing a book with Summer in the title! But Easter is often the start of the holiday season – and this is my first really beach-y read of the year.
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is the sequel to last year’s Little Beach Street Bakery (which was one of my Summer Reading suggestions last June). As per, I’m reluctant to say too much about the plot – in case you haven’t read the first book – but we rejoin Polly and all the crew in Mount Polbearne, where there is a whole new set of challenges for them all to face.
When I read a book and love it, I almost always want more – I want to see how they get on after the happily ever after so to speak. So I love a sequel – but I do get frustrated when their plot is basically breaking up the beloved couple and getting them back together again. I’m a big fan of Jenny Colgan, and what I really like is that her sequels don’t do that to you. There’s plenty of plot and lots of drama, but her couples are usually working their way through things together – as a unit. Much more fun.
The supporting characters in this are also great – Polly’s friends are a hoot and there are a few new characters in this who work really well as well. It made me laugh and it had me in tears, on a train OVER A PUFFIN for crying out loud* – so it must be good.
My copy of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery came from NetGalley – but I’ll be buying my own paperback – because I need it for my shelf of Jenny Colgan books. And I need to lend it to my sister. If you’re not on a book buying ban** you can get your copy from Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones (who are doing an extra 10% off for Easter) or on Kindle and if you’re going to an actual shop, I would expect it to be in all the supermarkets and WH Smiths at stations and airports too.
Have a Happy Easter – I find the best accompaniment to an Easter Egg is a good book!
*And had me googling “sponsor a puffin” when I got home.
** The Boy wasn’t happy when some more paperbacks turned up in the post the other day, so I’m not buying any more paperbacks until he’s got over it!