Summer At The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

I FINALLY finished a BOOK! It took me leaving my family for 4 days but I got it done! 🤣🙌🏻 Here’s what I thought……

The Synopsis:

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. 

And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. 

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

My Thoughts:

As some of you know, my husband is from Cornwall and his parents still live there. It holds a special place in our hearts and I always love to read books set in the county.

This book is the sequel to Little Beach Street Bakery and, even though I haven’t had a chance to read it…YET, I didn’t need to in order to love this book, the lead character Polly and want to visit this little bakery!

The author, Jenny, has created such a likeable character in Polly that the reader automatically roots for her success and commiserates in her disappointments. Plus she lives in an actual lighthouse! She is already cool, in my book! Even the little puffin, Neil, becomes a loved character and I did miss reading about him in the chapters that did not feature him.

Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery is a sweet, heart-warming and makes you want to move to Cornwall! It’s a definite read for this windy and rainy March!

Sleep is Over-Rated….Said No Mum EVER!


I knew that those newborn nights and days would be hard and sleepless when I became a Mum and I was prepared for that. I was prepared for the wakes every 2 hours which meant once the baby wakes, you feed the baby, burp the baby, rock the baby to sleep, put the baby to bed (without waking baby), crawl back into bed….you get about an hour before the whole thing happens again…..totally prepared for that.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the toddler and little boy wakes in the night. I swear my boys plot during their bath time when they are going to wake Mummy up (because it’s NEVER Daddy!) Oh no….Daddy could sleep through a freight train going through our bedroom and wake in the morning and ask why the room was a mess! I get many mornings when he wakes and comments that the boys slept through last night only for me to turn over, give him a glare and say…they were up twice and one was even in our bed!

Anyway….back to my non-sleeping angels! My toddler, Sam, has been particularly hard to settle most evenings. He has always wanted Mummy and cries when Mummy leaves his side and, two years on, it’s not as intense but still the same need. Once he settles at bedtime he can wake a good couple times in the night. Usually just wanting Mummy or water, but he doesn’t settle well after waking.  He was waking his brother up as well, who needs his sleep as he has just started school. He doesn’t usually wake up Sleepy McSleepy pants next to me who is usually in his nice cozy slumber, typical!

A had a lightbulb moment a couple weeks ago. We transferred him from his cot to cot bed a couple months ago and, as a result, stopped using GroBags so he could get out of bed, if needed. Which worked well but also meant that he kicked all his covers off during the night and was getting cold! Which, in turn, was waking him up! I Googled what to do about this and read that Gro-Store also does a Gro to BED!!! WHAT?!

So the Gro to Bed is an all–in–one duvet cover, bottom sheet and pillow case set that keeps the duvet in place and helps to prevent little children from rolling out of bed by zipping the duvet to the fitted sheet and the pillow is fixed so it keeps not only the duvet on the child but the child from rolling out the bed!

Sam was very excited about his new bedding with moons and stars all over it. I was worried how he would feel being zipped into the bedding as he does move around ALOT during the night but having the security of the duvet over him must have given him a comforted feeling as he slept through the night and when he woke he wasn’t cold! BRILLIANT!

I’d highly recommend the Gro to Bed if you are finding it hard to transition your toddler from cot to cot bed. It’s that little bit of familiarity that they are used to with their GroBags that comes with them to their big boy/girl bed.

I am not one for pushing products on you all but if I find something that works for me…I want to share it! Maybe some of you are in the same boat as me? Try this out, it can’t hurt.

Here’s the link to the Gro-Store website for the bedding. You can also get it on Amazon but for 1st time buyers the company website offers you 12% discount which on Amazon you can’t get (same price on Amazon without the discount).