Framing the Dialogue

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

“So you’re moving to Mount Polbearne?” she said, trying to keep her voice light and pleasant. Malcolm rolled his eyes. “Well, I’ll be in and out, yeah. Till I get things shipshape, know what I mean? No more slacking, huh?  But I’m pretty busy. And I don’t want to get buried alive in this hole.” This seemed an awkward thing to say at his aunt’s funeral, but Polly didn’t mention it. “So are you leaving a job to come, or . . .” Malcolm looked bullish. “Uh, no, I’m kind of between things right now. I’m like a consultant? On lots of different stuff?”  “Okay,” said Polly. But she didn’t feel like it was okay at all.”

This is the second novel from Jenny Colgan featuring Polly Waterford who’d moved to a fairly remote area of England to get away from her former busy life, hectic job, and former mate.  As she becomes somewhat successful with her bread baking, her landlady’s death has her dealing with heirs who no nothing about the business and seem destined to ruin her.  Polly struggles to gain some control with the support of her fiancé and the small town that she’s come to love.

I found this novel, as with the first, to be an enjoyable read.  This is not usually my genre to read, but I do love a break from some of the other books that I mostly read.  Author Jenny Colgan describes a quaint, though sometimes hostile setting (weather wise) for her novel and it is wonderful how the neighbors pull together when needed.


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