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Mary Ellen Taylor

A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylor's love of her home state, Virginia, and its past is evident in her contemporary women's fiction, from her first The Union Street Bakery, set in Alexandria, to her latest, Spring House, which takes place on the state's Eastern Shore. In Spring Cottage and prior novels, Mary Ellen's protagonists search for their place in the world. They explore issues of family, home and belonging, and their stories entwine with those of the locales in which they unfold, encompassing mysteries past and present.

Richmond born, Mary Ellen has lived there most of her life. She grew up in a family that appreciates stories of all kinds, from a well-told anecdote to a good yarn or a tall tale. Perhaps it was inevitable that she would embrace her storytelling heritage, walk away from her marketing job and challenge herself to become a published author.

"I realized early on the tremendous power stories have to inspire laughter, love, sorrow and even fear. It didn't matter if they were found in the pages of a book, spoken in hushed tones around a campfire, or shared at an old-fashioned family reunion. Stories create connections, and I knew that was what I wanted to do," says Mary Ellen.

Alongside writing, cooking and baking are important creative outlets for Mary Ellen, who's been known to name recipes in honor of her characters. Just a few years ago, she earned her Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond's Culinary Arts Program. "In some ways, I liken baking to my efforts as a writer. You need to learn the basic tools of the trade before you can push the limits and create a distinctive sweet dessert or savory novel."
Her two passions --writing and baking--merged for the first time in The Union Street Bakery. Since then, she's shared favorite recipes, connected to her books Sweet Expectations, At the Corner of King Street, The View from Prince Street, Winter Cottage and Spring House.

Mary Ellen is also known nationally as New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense novelist Mary Burton. Together, they have published thirty-eight novels, with Mary Burton's latest, I See You, debuting October 2019.
When not traveling or holed up writing, Mary Ellen spends time with her husband enjoying their empty nest and spoiling their miniature dachshunds, Buddy, Bella and Tiki.

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Best Sellers

    • Winter Cottage

    • By: Mary Ellen Taylor
    • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 562
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 556

    Still grieving the loss of her mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia, to see the house she’s inherited. At the heart of this mystery is the hope that maybe this “Winter Cottage” will answer the endless questions about her mother’s past....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Slow book

    • By Glenice MILLER on 01-10-19

    Regular price: $14.99

    • Spring House

    • By: Mary Ellen Taylor
    • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    Pregnant and still grieving the death of her fiancé, historian Megan Buchanan is forging ahead on a dream project: to restore to its original glory the landmark hunting lodge her own great-great-grandfather built on Virginia’s Eastern Shore....

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Union Street Bakery

    • Union Street Bakery Series, Book 1
    • By: Mary Ellen Taylor
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    Daisy McCrae's life is in tatters. She's lost her job, broken up with her boyfriend, and has been reduced to living in the attic above her family's store, the Union Street Bakery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing story line

    • By Judith on 02-04-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Sweet Expectations

    • Union Street Bakery, Book 2
    • By: Mary Ellen Taylor
    • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Running the family bakery and living in the store's attic might not be Daisy's dream life, but she's beginning to understand what being content feels like....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By krista on 08-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

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