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  • The Late Bloomers' Club

  • By: Louise Miller
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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The Late Bloomers' Club

By: Louise Miller
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
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Publisher's summary

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

Critic reviews

“Heartwarming, charming and utterly fascinating, The Late Bloomers' Club is a beautifully rendered peek behind the scenes of a small town, its community, and its mysteries. I adored this novel.” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End)

The Late Bloomers’ Club is a downright delightful read.... It has everything you want from a small town summer read: sweetness, charm, and a side of romance.” (HelloGiggles)

“A transportive book, and one that activates the senses: the smell of cider donuts, the taste of elderberry juice, and corn in red-and-white cardboard boats drenched in butter and flecked with sea salt, and the summertime warmth of rural New England. ” (The Boston Globe)

“As warm and cozy as buttered brioche and tea next to the fireplace on a winter morning...will appeal to fans of Jan Karon’s 'Mitford' books and Jennifer Chiaverini’s 'Elm Creek Quilts' series.” (Library Journal)