It might be a bit late to be reviewing a summer read but I really loved the following book and wanted to spread the word. It is:
The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
Set in a remote part of Cornwall (largely unspoilt by the tourist trade). I felt as though I was enjoying my own sojourn by the sea as I smelt the salt in the air, listened to the waves crashing against the harbour wall and saw the light from the lighthouse flashing past my bedroom window. Perfect for anyone who has not been away or even if you want to be reminded of salty sea air.
The main character, Polly, has lost everything; her business, her flat, her boyfriend and has been declared bankrupt. The only place she can afford to rent is an almost uninhabitable flat above a disused bakery.
Polly cuts herself off from her family and friends and starts her life again. With her skill for baking helping her to make friends, she also finds a new career. But all does not go smoothly for Polly as she tries to get back on her feet and find a new happiness.
This is a light, easy read but the characters and the setting were so likeable that I didn’t want to put I down. As ever, with Jenny’s books, though it also made me quite hungry. The thought of all that freshly baked bread did nothing for my diet!