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review 2018-05-29 06:30
For my thoughts on: Wedding Cake Crumble
Wedding Cake Crumble (Cupcake Bakery Mystery) - Jenn McKinlay
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review 2018-05-01 00:00
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan It's been two years since Polly moved to Mount Polbearne, and things are finally going well for her. She and Huckle along with Neil the puffin have moved into the old lighthouse, and she's managing the two bakeries and business is booming since Mrs. Manse retired. Then, everything seems to go horribly wrong. Tarnie's widow Selina returns to the island and befriends Polly, Polly really wants to be friends, but doesn't know how she can with the secret about her and Tarnie hanging over her head. Hucke's brother, Dubose, from America decides to visit, shirking his duties, which has repercussions for Huckle. Then, Mrs. Manse has a heart attack and dies, leaving nothing for Polly in her will. Mrs. Manse's sister Janet, sends her son Malcolm who pictures himself a businessman to manage both of the the bakeries. Malcolm can't tell the difference between Polly's hand-crafted artisan bread and the cheap fractory produced loaves and, he doesn't care. He's all about making a lot of money by having the bakeries run as cheaply as he can, by firing Polly. Huckle tells Polly about an idea of driving a van or food truck to sell her homemade bread to the locals and the tourists. While Huckle goes to America to deal with the repercussions of Dubose's visit, Polly finds a van and gets her new business running. The bakeries aren't doing very well under Malcolm's mangement and he thinks Polly has turned people against him so he tries to bring down Polly's new business as payback.

The characters are quirky, endearing, and some more lovable than others. The author gives us some subplots with unexpected twists and turns that all come together in a nice tidy way at the end of the story. The way the author used her descriptive writing you can picture the characters and the surroundings in your head as you read the story. I did find myself cheering Polly on in my head as she dealt with her problems. I did enjoy the epilogue because we discover that Neil is taking care of a nest with an egg inside it so he'll be a papa puffin soon and Huckle asks Polly a very important question.
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review 2018-03-13 00:00
Little Beach Street Bakery
Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan Polly’s life is in shambles: a bad relationship that has left her homeless, jobless and almost penniless. Moving away from the city and her friends to find herself is a difficult, but logical choice. Down the Cornwall coast is Polbearne a small island, that's isolated by the tides which offers the refuge and quiet that Polly needs.

A few days after moving to the island a massive storm hits the island and brings her something to focus on in the form of a baby puffin which she names Neil. Polly finds that the island is home to a community that is surviving on hard work, determination and stubbornness. Polly is tired of feeling sorry for herself and she’s at loose ends about what she should do with her life, but, refuge comes in the form of kneading and baking loaves of bread.

Soon Polly’s life becomes a mix of moments with Neil, struggling with the island’s bakery owner who happens to be her landlord, and becoming a part of the town. Polly finds herself loving her new life on the island and also falling in love with the other outsider to the island, Huckle who makes and sells honey made from his beehives.

This is an uplifting story about finding your life's passion, taking chances, working hard and summoning your courage to change who you are and what's important to you. All of the characters were written with their own form of differences which helped bring them together as a community, when some of them think that they had nothing in common.
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review 2018-02-21 03:20
BARKING UP THE WRONG BAKERY
Barking up the Wrong Bakery (Happy Tails... Barking up the Wrong Bakery (Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries) (Volume 1) - Stella St. Claire

A tail waggingly good start to this new dog centric cozy.

 

I had such a fun time reading, BARKING UP THE WRONG BAKERY. The dogs featured made for some moments of levity that were pleasant breaks from the mystery portion of the story.

 

I related so much to protagonist, Olivia Rickard. Totally hooked on mystery novels, a dog lover, and someone who doesn’t do well with change, I could have been reading about myself in some scenes. Though I will say, Olivia can get a little too intense with how she handles things. 

 

All around, BARKING UP THE WRONG BAKERY was a good, solid mystery. A quick moving read, this story held me attention until the end. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

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