Welcome back to Mount Polbearne! The new book from Top Ten bestseller Jenny Colgan is full of festive joy, warmth and the best hot chocolate you can imagine…
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?
My thoughts on the novel: This is the third and last installment of the Little Beach Street Bakery saga and I must admit this wasn’t my favourite saga from Jenny Colgan who still counts amongst my favourite chick-lit writers. The first book was the best one and she should have stopped there. The second one was terrible, caricatural and annoying to finish. So imagine my hopes for the third one. Frankly, it ends on a more positive note. Although it is not as fresh as the first installment, it is definitely not as botched as the second one.
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is an easy and entertaining read. The characters feel more relatable and the plot isn’t too far-fetched. It is more human and poignant, especially when it deals with Polly’s past and emotional turmoil. However, I didn’t feel the Christmas magic in this novel. It appears very much secondary, almost like an excuse for a third novel. Maybe I was keen on reliving the Christmas rush I had felt years ago when I first read Christmas at the Cupcake Café, a bubbly, lovely story. I think it will remain one of her best novels. It is quite a challenge to write a trilogy all the while maintaining such quality chicklit Christmassy level when you’re a writer as prolific as Jenny Colgan. Luckily, she’s written so many books, I’m bound to find another Christmas one that I will enjoy more.
My score: ♥ ♥