Published by Penguin on 2017-11
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Mix in one part Diane Mott Davidson's delightful culinary adventures with several tablespoons of Jan Karon's country living and quirky characters, bake at 350 degrees for one rich and warm romance. --Library Journal
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.
As we wind our way in to 2021, I’m still over here trying to inch a bit closer to my reading goal for 2020, to make it seem as if I failed a little less. I also have an incredible number of feelings regarding this blog and what might happen in the future. All to be discussed in a later post.
Right now we are here, because of Louise Miller’s City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. This book came out in late 2016 and then was recovered this year and then it got all the hype it deserved. As you can probably read from the synopsis, this book is an ever perfect holiday read if you were looking for one. The majority of the story takes place during the fall and winter months in Vermont. The main character Olivia, a professional baker, has escaped to small town Vermont to hang out with her best friend, while she figures out some things in her life. Olivia takes a job at a local inn and slowly becomes part of small town life. I won’t spoil the book for you, but there is definitely a sweet romantic story involved.
Even if you don’t like romances, at least keep reading this because you love small town vibes and the imagery of pine trees in the fall and winter as well as the all the fall treats that come during this time of year. If I haven’t convinced you to read this book yet, I definitely think that you should. All the hype surrounding this book especially during this year’s Gilmoreathon made reading this book worth it.
Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought of it, I’d love to know. Also do you have any other books that you need to read during Fall or Winter? I hope to hear from you soon!