Jul 12, 2021

Sunrise by the Sea by Jenny Colgan Review

Sunrise by the Sea
Little Beach Street Bakery #4
by Jenny Colgan
Release Date: June 22nd, 2021
William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan returns to the setting of her beloved Little Beach Street Bakery series for a timely and heartfelt novel set in a Cornish seaside village.

Marisa Rosso can’t understand why everyone else is getting on with their lives as she still struggles to get over the death of her beloved grandfather, back home in Italy. Everyone loses grandparents, right? Why is she taking it so badly?

Retreating further and further from normal life, she moves to the end of the earth—the remote tidal island of Mount Polbearne, at the foot of Cornwall, hoping for peace and solitude, whilst carrying on her job as a registrar, dealing with births, weddings, and deaths, even as she feels life is passing her by.

Unfortunately—or fortunately?—the solitude she craves proves elusive. Between her noisy Russian piano-teaching neighbor, the bustle and community spirit of the tiny village struggling back to life after the quarantine, and the pressing need to help save the local bakery, can Marisa find her joy again at the end of the world?

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I have been reading Jenny Colgan's books for over 20 years now, but she never fails to surprise me by what calamity’s she can mix her old characters up in, and this time it was Polly and Huckle over on Mount Polbearne, But I’m jumping ahead of myself here. 


Marisa Rossi had suffered a great loss when her grandfather died, and it affected her physically as well as emotionally, it was so bad that Marisa developed agoraphobia, it was so bad that her roommate kicked her out and sent her to live on an isolated island in Cornwall called Mount Polbearne, in the little cabins that his millionaire cousin Reuben bought,  and when Marisa arrived, her little lemon-colored cottage was simply heaven… for an hour, and then her noisy Russian neighbor brought home a piano. 


If you have read a Little Beach Street Bakery book before, you will know that all of this is just the start of the mayhem! 


As always Jenny Colgan's book is amazing! I love the way she ties old characters into the story with new ones and writes it in a way like they have always been there. 


I give Sunrise by the Sea 5 stars

Jenny Colgan was born in Scotland and has lived in London, the Netherlands, the U.S., and France. She eventually settled on the wettest of all of these places, and currently lives just North of Edinburgh with her husband Andrew, her dog Nevil Shute, and her three children: Wallace, who is 11 and likes pretending to be 19 and not knowing what this embarrassing ‘family’ thing is that keeps following him about; Michael-Francis, who is 9 and likes making new friends on airplanes, and Delphine who is 7 and is mostly raccoon as far as we can tell so far.  
Things Jenny likes include cakes, far too much Doctor Who, wearing Converse trainers every day so her feet are now just gigantic big flat pans; baths only slightly cooler than the surface of the sun and very very long books, the longer the better. 

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