Framing the Dialogue

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Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Winter is upon the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne and though tourist season is over, the Little Beach Street Bakery finds itself still quite busy.  The drama of the prior season over, now Polly owns and runs the bakery.  When the town decides to have a Christmas celebration, Polly is tasked (gently persuaded) to provide baked goods to sell with the proceeds going to the town and not her business.  A secret shared by a close friend and sworn to secrecy threatens her relationship with Buckle.  Sounds very soap-operaish and the novel can be that, though more entertaining.

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.”

The Little Beach Street Bakery

beach street bakeryPerhaps the first, most important thing to know about Little Beach Street Bakery is that contrary to the title and the delicious cover art this is not a cookbook.  The book follows a period in Polly Waterford where her life is falling apart and she needs to find a different place to live…one that is cheap enough for her to actually be able to afford.  She winds up in a small island along the Cornish coast and rents an apartment above a dilapidated, closed bakery.