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After recently enjoying Colgan's "The Bookshop on the Corner", I was surprisingly disappointed in this novel. The storyline was flat and unimaginative, and had too many failed attempts at forcing character depth.
The narration was terrible. Overall the narrator has a pleasant voice, but it is completely wrong for this book. The narrator's voice belongs to a 60 year-old woman, not the early 30's of the main character. And her attempts at doing male voices--particularly a male with a southern drawl--were embarrassing; every male character sounded like a demon-spawn muppet. Adding insult to injury, Polly's BFF had the lilt of a worn-out 70 year-old whore.
What did I like? I liked Polly turning a passion into a future, Huckle's beekeeping moxy, and the idea of a forgotten little town that survives on its own accord.
Overall, a pretty awful book with a few redeeming qualities. I won't be seeking out the second of this series, and will be returning this title without hesitation.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
It got a little far-fetched. I love the stories of a women being down but recovering against the odds. I loved the parts about baking bread, taking care of honey bees and fishing but when it got into the crazy wild gazillionaire and the Star Wars wedding I lost interest. I also didn't like the narrator's southern accent. It's a book. I would rather listen to the same voice than a bad attempt to sound like a man, or worse a southern man.
Would you recommend Little Beach Street Bakery to your friends? Why or why not?
No. Because of the above comments.
Would you be willing to try another one of Veida Dehmlow’s performances?
Did Little Beach Street Bakery inspire you to do anything?
Bake bread. I just finished making my 4th loaf. :)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful