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The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café | [Mary Simses]

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough.
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Publisher's Summary

A high-powered Manhattan attorney finds love, purpose, and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother's hometown.

Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish - to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiancee for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life.

©2013 Mary Simses (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Enjoyed the story, characters and of course the happy ending. Found myself laughing out loud re: the scenes at the local watering hole -The Antler. Wonderful descriptions of Maine. Look forward to more works by the author.

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    ~Beloved~ Auburn, CA 03-18-14
    ~Beloved~ Auburn, CA 03-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    I had no intentions of writing a review, but apparently neither has anyone else. So, just to throw something out there for this book, here's what I thought.

    The book wasn't bad, but it wasn't necessarily good either. It was a middle of the road listen for me. I didn't feel the urge to listen, so it took some time for me to finish it. I wasn't overly connected with the characters, but I didnt dislike them either. I listened here and there during my commute and finally finished it so that I could free it up off my ipod.

    The narrator wasn't my favorite; I wouldn't seek her out for future reads, but I wouldn't turn down a book she read either.

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    As a Maine native living in South Jersey, I usually enjoy stories which are set in my childhood state. However, this book just didn't FEEL like home. First, the narrator only gave the occasional word a "Maine" accent, as if people in Maine change accents in mid sentence. Second, the Maine residents were mostly portrayed as blue color and uneducated and the New Yorkers as snotty & over-educated, showing a lack of imagination. Nevertheless, this author has talent for dialogue and humorous situations, so I think she will write some great books in the future.

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