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A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true love.

Nora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple cider donuts, coffee, and eggs-any-way-you-like-em to her regulars, and she takes great pleasure in knowing exactly what's "the usual". But her life is soon shaken when she discovers she and her free-spirited, younger sister Kit stand to inherit the home and land of the town's beloved cake lady, Peggy Johnson.  

Kit, an aspiring - and broke - filmmaker thinks her problems are solved when she and Nora find out Peggy was in the process of selling the land to a big-box developer before her death. The people of Guthrie are divided - some want the opportunities the development will bring, while others are staunchly against any change - and they aren't afraid to leave their opinions with their tips. 

Time is running out, and the sisters need to make a decision soon. But Nora isn't quite ready to let go of the land, complete with a charming farmhouse, an ancient apple orchard and the clues to a secret life that no one knew Peggy had. Troubled by the conflicting needs of the town, and confused by her growing feelings towards Elliot, the big-box developer's rep, Nora throws herself into solving the one problem that everyone in town can agree on - finding Peggy's missing dog, Freckles. 

When a disaster strikes the diner, the community of Guthrie bands together to help her, and Nora discovers that doing the right thing doesn't always mean giving up your dreams.

©2018 Louise Miller (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Perfect Summer read

I loved everything about this book. the characters were well developed, the pacing was good and the narrator was perfect for the book. Plus, who doesn't love being emersed in a small town Vermont life even if it's only for 10 hours.

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Wonderful simple read

I loved this book for its warm genuine characters and comforting simple story. The only warning I would give is that you will suddenly crave homemade cake!

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Workin' 9 to 5! What a way to make a livin'.....

I picked up this one because it sounded cute and I needed a little fluff in my life.

What I didn't expect was how much anxiety listening to this book caused me. Holy moly, there was so much money being spent and being in debt that it had my head reeling a bit. It all worked out in the end, but just thinking about all the financial burden that was piling up had me going. I'm probably making this sound bigger than it is, but just figured I'd throw that out there for anybody who might be sensitive to that.

ANYWAYS, this book was fun and I enjoyed the pacing and the characters. The romance is very chaste and just super sweet and sincere. Elliot Danforth is too good to be true, but that doesn't make it a bad thing. He's the representative for the big corporation, but he genuinely cares about the town and what they have to say. He's sensitive, shy, outdoorsy, and nerdy and just an adorable man altogether.

The romance is a part of the book, but it doesn't overwhelm the book. Another big part of the book is about the relationship between Nora and her little sister, Kit. They have a somewhat tumultuous relationship due to their age difference and the emotional baggage from their parents passing too soon. Kit is a free spirit who doesn't want to be tied down in life, and Nora is the hardworking and grounded one. I like that the book didn't demonize or shame Kit in the way she chooses to live her life, but I do feel like she got off way too easy for her irresponsible nature and how she pushed her burdens onto Nora? She kind of just floated on in and expected her sister to take care of everything when she hadn't bothered to visit in years. When they finally butted heads, it didn't feel like everything that needed to be said was said.

But that might just be me projecting my feelings. I know if my sister had come to me to ask for me to use all my money and to take out a loan for her movie project while I was working full-time and owned my own business and was trying to make ends meet, I wouldn't do it. Take her in? Yes. Help her get back on her feet? Yes. Give her a job to work on some savings for her project? Of course. A loan for 50 grand while trying to keep a diner afloat? Not happening.

Nora is a much more generous and trusting soul than I am, though. And her town is filled with great people. It's all very comforting in other ways and Emily Rankin does a great job with her narration. I definitely do recommend this to anybody who wants some small town fluff and romance. My feelings on the sister conflict don't affect my overall opinion. I think this is a good time spent even if there are some things in the writing choices I don't agree with. I hope you give it a chance and that you enjoy it too!

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