As I prepare this post early in the week, I am nearing the end of Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. By the time this posts, however, I imagine I will have finished it. It is the third book in a trilogy, although my first by the author. My husband called me a rebel when I told him. Luckily it is one of those books where it doesn't matter where you jump in to enjoy the book.
In the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, the Christmas season has arrived. It’s a joyous time for family, friends, and feasting as decorations sparkle along the town’s winding streets and shop windows feature buoyant, festive displays. And in Polly’s Little Beach Street bakery, the aromas of gingerbread cookies and other treats tempt people in from the cold.
Though Polly is busy keeping up with the demands of the season, she still makes time for her beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle. She’s especially happy to be celebrating the holiday this year with him, and can’t wait to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog on Christmas Eve.
But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a Merry Christmas.
A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.
This story is about one particular Christmas, but it actually starts with a very Bad Thing happening the previous spring.
And with that opening statement, I was dying to know what exactly that "very Bad Thing" is!
A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.
"That when friends need you more than ever. When something awful happens. And here's the crucial thing; even if the awful thing that's happened is your own fault. Especially when it's your own fault, Do you see?" [pg 58]
I find this particular sentiment so true, especially in the case of the characters in this book.
What do you think? Does this sound like something you would want to read?
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What is your favourite Christmas-themed read?
While I love to immerse myself in holiday-themed romance and family dramas during the Christmas season with their inspirational and happy endings, my favorite Christmas-themed book is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens by far. It is a story that has been shared and re-told in many different variations over the years, it's message just as relevant today as it was during the time it was written.
What about you? What is your favorite holiday (Christmas or otherwise) themed-read?
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