Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Today I’m back with the last in the Little Beach Street trilogy! I’m so sad to have come to the end of the adventures of Polly, Huckle and Neil 😦

It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting.

Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She’s at her happiest when she’s creating delicious treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She’s determined that this Christmas is going to be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always work out as planned…

When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. And then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?

Having been reunited with Huckle at the end of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery Polly is desperate to spend more time with her boyfriend. However the suggestion of marriage and kids throws Polly as she struggles to deal with the situation her friend is in… and well as meeting her dad for the first time!

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery surprisingly isn’t as “Christmassy” as the name suggests and you could definitely get away with reading it all year round! Once again the characters are lovable and it’s quite a relatable story in quite a few ways too. 🙂

I’m sorry it’s such a short post today, but I really do recommend this book if you enjoy a good Christmas based romancy read. 🙂

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Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

As promised, it’s time for a review of “Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery” by Jenny Colgan. Having really enjoyed “Little Beach Street Bakery” it was time for me to move on to the next in the series!

When Mrs Manse (Polly’s landlord) passes away, her bakery business falls into the hands of her horrible son Malcolm. When Polly’s puffin Neil is found in her shop one day, Malcolm finds the excuse he needs to dismiss Polly. Struggling to make ends meet Polly’s husband Huckle heads back home to America to get some money back behind them, leaving Polly back at home planning her future. Polly quickly comes up with an idea to continue her baking business and it slowly sees her working her way back.

I absolutely loved “Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery”. The characters are just so relatable and lovable and it’s such a light and easy read. The storyline is great and Jenny Colgan does a great job of making you hate the right characters. Although at one point I was slightly concerned by the relationship that seemed to come up between Flora (who runs one of the bakeries) and Malcolm… It seemed and sounded a bit dodgy!

Would I recommend the book? Yes definitely, particularly if you want a nice easy read. 🙂

Have you ever read “Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery”? Or would you like to?

One in a Million

I’m back with another book review 😀 I feel like my reading has picked up again the last few weeks. Maybe that’s because of the weather. Colder, snuggle up weather is definitely more book weather!

One of my latest reads is “One in a Million” by Lindsey Kelk. This is Lindsey Kelk’s newest release and I couldn’t wait to read it as I love all her books.

Everyone wants that special someone….

Annie Higgins has one goal this year: to get her tiny business off the ground. But – infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job – Annie is goaded into accepting their crazy challenge: to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.

And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.

But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…

I really enjoyed reading “One in a Million”. It was quite a different read compared to some of Lindsey Kelk’s other books. In fact, as much as I love all the series like the “I Heart” Series, sometimes it is great to have new standalone books.

“One in a Million” was very focused on the use of Social Media and how quickly things can go viral/how quickly someone can become famous online. OK, I know this isn’t a “normal” situation, but I suppose it highlights how much we rely on social media these days!

I really enjoyed the characters and Dr Samuel Page grew on me throughout the book. As well as that Annie was brilliant and I loved how she faced up to all the stick, criticism and downers that everyone was putting on her.

Without ruining the plot this was a great, easy but funny read which I’d recommend to anyone who loves this kind of genre 🙂 I apologise it’s such a brief review! I just don’t want to ruin it!

On a Beautiful Day

It feels like ages ago that I last finished a book. Work and life has been really busy the last few weeks and reading has sadly taken a bit of a back seat! Anyway, I’m finally back with another book review for you all!

My latest read is “On a Beautiful Day” by Lucy Diamond, and it is in fact Lucy Diamond’s latest book. Quite honestly, unfortunately I haven’t enjoyed the last few Lucy Diamond books compared to some of her early ones. I mean it was still a good read, but doesn’t live up to the standards of books like “Summer at Shell Cottage” or “The Beach Cafe”.

So in “On a Beautiful Day” we join a group of four friends after witnessing a road accident has a major impact on their lives. Laura is desperate for kids but is struggling to have them, and then her husband walks off. Jo is trying to start again with a new relationship but her new fella’s daughter isn’t making it easy. Eve is desperately hoping the lump in her breast will disappear, while India is closely drawn to one of the victims of the accident, but will she confide in her family?

I did quite enjoy “On a Beautiful Day”, there were some good storylines in there, but as with the last Lucy Diamond book “The House of New Beginnings” there were too many main characters for my liking. It was continually jumping around between the four ladies and I often found myself forgetting who was who and whose storyline was whose. It was a good story, just a bit confusing at times! The characters were all good and very relatable, but at the same time there were too many storylines going on for my liking.

Would I recommend this book? If you don’t mind reading about lots of characters and different stories in each chapter, then go for it! 🙂 If you struggle with multiple storylines I’d try a different book instead!

Million Love Songs

I’ve finally finished another book! 😀 I don’t feel like my reading is going very well so far this year, I think now having my job means I have less time for reading 😦

Anyway, after finishing Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses  I was having a bit of a Carole Matthews hangover and wanted to read another of her books. Plus I hadn’t really treated myself to anything for a while so I decided to buy a few new books on Amazon. I bought “A Million Love Songs”, “Stately Pursuits” and “The Summer Seaside Kitchen”.

A Million Love Songs is Carole Matthew’s latest book and it really did not disappoint. It was exactly what I wanted to read and I read my way through it pretty quickly 🙂

Ruby has recently divorced from her husband and is looking for a new perspective on single life. She is fully ready to embrace single life and doesn’t want a new relationship. She decides to pick up a new hobby to fill her time with, scuba diving. Then she meets Joe.

Joe is recently split up from his cheating with and single handedly looks after 2 teenage kids. Ruby and Joe get on incredibly well but Joe has a constant juggling act meaning he can’t give Ruby what he wants. Then comes along Mason, Ruby’s attentive boss. He can give her everything she wants… except a settle down type relationship.

I absolutely loved this book. It was very forward and backward between Joe and Mason though with Ruby seeming a bit easy to take advantage of, but that said it was an enjoyable read and I totally understand Ruby’s reasoning for going forward and backward as much as she did.

It wasn’t an overly predictable read though like some chick lit books can be and I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters, especially Joe and it was quite a relatable book.

All in all I loved this book and would really recommend it to anyone looking for a light summer read 🙂

 

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

I’ve finally finished another book, and I have already shared it on An Historian About Town’s blog but today I thought I’d share it on my blog 🙂

My latest read is “Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses” by Carole Matthews. I love Carole Matthews’ books and actually bought this book around a year ago, but weirdly I hadn’t picked it up off my bookcase until the other week. This is another summery chick lit read which I loved.

In “Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses” we join Christie and her son Finn as together they face what life throws at them. Christie, a single mum is doing her best to make ends meet and keep her head above water, while also pursuing her hobby of card/craft making. However, when Finn suddenly falls ill Christie struggles to juggle work and family, and before long finds herself jobless… until an opportunity too good to miss comes along.

I don’t want to ruin the plot of this book too much because it is a great book and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone before they’ve even started. I loved all the characters. Finn is adorable, while Christie is an ambitious, but loving mother who will do anything she can just to keep the two of them afloat. One of the other main characters Max, is also a great character… but again, I don’t want to say too much about him in case I ruin it for anyone!

I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves chicklit but also anyone who wants an easy summer read 🙂

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon 🙂

 

 

 

Some Kind of Wonderful

I’ve finally got round to writing this review! 😀 I read this back in November/December, but with Blogmas I didn’t get round to writing/posting it before. “Some Kind of Wonderful” is Giovanna Fletcher’s latest novel and this time, released in hardback. My friend bought me a signed copy of “Some Kind of Wonderful” for my birthday and I was so excited to read it.

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .”

This book was a great read, and I enjoyed every single page. Most romance/chick-lit books tend to be boy marries girl and they all live happily ever after. But not in this book. This is kind of an alternative where Lizzy finds a new happily ever after away from her old happily ever after.

I think this would be a great book for people going through breakups and would help them see the light, while not being too depressing. The story is enjoyable with some great characters.

I’m keeping this post short today, because I don’t wait to ruin the story for anyone else who is going to read this 🙂 But I really do recommend this book 🙂

Have you read this book? What did you think?