The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living
|May 8, 2017||Posted by admin under Family, Romance, Women|
Written by Louise Miller
Published by Pamela Dorman Books
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication Date: August 2016
When I read the description of this book, I was sold. It’s about a pastry chef who moves to a small town with her dog and begins working at a local Inn. It has a little bit of romance, a little bit drama, a little bit comedy, and is about family and friend dynamics. I just knew I was going to enjoy this book. And I did.
Olivia is a big city pastry chef who finds herself in peculiar situation and decides it is time to escape to some place new. She seeks refuge with her best friend, Hannah, in a small town called Guthrie, Vermont. Unemployed and a little broken, everything begins to fall into place when she finds herself working at the local Inn with the cankerous owner, Margaret. Their relationship is a little rocky from the start, but it is at the Inn where Olivia begins to feel at home. In no time, she finds herself baking all day and playing music all night — merging her two passions. Olivia’s journey is not a smooth one and there are many hurdles for her, but readers will enjoy her road to self discovery.
The author does such a nice job portraying this story. It makes the reader feel like they are at the Inn and enjoying all the delectable desserts and listening to all the lively music. The supporting cast of characters are real and likeable and the plot is realistic and charming. I enjoyed the way the relationship between Olivia and Margaret evolved. I enjoyed the way her dog, Salty, was weaved throughout the entire storyline. And, for the most part, I liked how her romance with Martin played out. There is also great dynamics between Olivia and Martin’s family (the McCracken’s). I would have preferred if there was a little more focus on her friendship with Hannah. Her presence in the book took a back seat. She seemed like the ultimate best friend and maybe deserves a story of her own, as do Margaret and the McCracken’s (Prequels, perhaps?).
There is some predictability in The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, but it really is a cozy, feel-good book. It will make you want to eat pies, take long walks through the country side, and dance the night away. As a bonus, the author includes Olivia’s famous apple pie recipe. I’ll have to attempt to make it and hope it turns out as good as it is described in the book!
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