A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home - and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn't even know you were looking.
When Olivia Rawlings - pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club - sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of - the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country's longest-running contra dance, and her best friend, Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts.
Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, uberenthusiastic dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn's property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie. She soon uncovers the real reason she has been hired - to help Margaret reclaim the inn's blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest.
With the joys of a fragrant kitchen, the sound of banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door, Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small-town life. And when she meets Martin McCracken, the Guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought.
But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee - or stay and finally discover what it means to belong. Olivia Rawlings may finally find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected - it could be even better.
©2016 Louise Miller (P)2016 Penguin Audio
While this story line has be used a million times the writer does a nice job of developing characters and drawing you into the world of this young lonely baker as she falls in love with a small town, it's people and one of its hometown boys. Lots of fun and a happy, cry through tears kind of read.
3.5 stars - narrator was too slow had to speed up read & even then it was slow - (did they slow down the narrator to make the book seem longer?) - the book left some unexplained parts, shifted suddenly to a time frame weeks/months later. lots of holes in the narrative. would like to see a second book with more in depth characters - a second book with the same characters would be great, just more depth please :)
I really like this story except for two things.
First, the mc was involved with a married man and knew he was married.
Second, I couldn't stand how the mc's best friend kept reminding the mc to watch how much she drank, who she hung out with, etc as the town was full of gossips. That did not endear the town of Guthrie to me.
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