Things are really looking up for Polly Waterford. Her American boyfriend is sharing her happily ever after in her newly purchased home, a lighthouse, and the orphaned puffin she's befriended is part of their family. The bakery she runs is thriving, and everything is looking up.
Of course, nothing good lasts forever. Suddenly, Polly's world crumbles as a newcomer to town threatens to destroy the bakery she's helped restore and turn into a success. This is only the start of the bad times heading Polly's way. In order to start anew, she's going to have to think outside the box and really evaluate what she and her loved ones need most.
At first, I envied Polly's life. I'd love nothing more than to live on a small island off the British coast, have a pet puffin, and run a thriving bakery. Even when the bad news started hitting, I found myself rooting for her. I ended up reading the novel in one sitting because I just had to know how everything turned out.
At the end of Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery are recipes, and as I love baking, recipes are always welcome. Over the years, I have learned that when it comes to making bread, metric measurements are the only way to go. It's one of the reasons my Cordon Bleu baking textbook (Professional Baking) is the most tattered cookbook in my house. I cherish that yard sale find! As Jenny Colgan also gives metric measurements, I am excited to dive in later today and make some homemade bread using her recipe.
I'm glad I stumbled across this series and plan to read the other books as one adventure with Polly just wasn't enough.