Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She's at her happiest when she's creating delicious, doughy 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?
Kat's Rating: 5/5
Kat's Review: I am a huge fan of this series by Jenny Colgan featuring Polly Waterford who lives in Mount Polbearne with her fiance Huckle and pet Puffin Neil. I know it sounds strange but the little Puffin Neil is an endearing pet to Polly and the little place she lives in I almost wish was real. Polly runs the Beach Street Bakery and lives in a freezing cold lighthouse. As I have read all the other books I already have a feel for other villagers and I think although not necessary to read this book it certainly helps give you an idea of what everybody is like. It seems that Polly's life is running like it normally does, being busy, working silly hours and being constantly supported by Huckle.
It seems that Polly's closest friend Kerensa who is married to Huckle's closest friend Rueben is the one with the problems, and that's just the start of it. Reuben is one of those characters people love to hate but I think he is wonderful. Richer than you can imagine and on the surface an obnoxious, rude and demanding little man. However, get past all that and you have a bloke that is quite likeable and although extravagant, you just can't help but like him. He has asked Polly to cater for his family who are visiting at Christmas and as usual Polly can't say no.
What seems great on the surface quickly starts to crumble and before you know it Polly has more than one problem to solve. One thing I did love about this book was the mention of Polly's past and the story line involving her Father. It added to the charm and chaos that Polly's life has become, I read this in one day and literally loved it. It felt like returning to your favourite place in Summer when you were a kid. You get to see villagers briefly that have appeared in previous books as well as getting involved in village life now. As usual Jenny Colgan has delivered a belter of a book and I cannot WAIT to see what happens next.