Saturday, August 6, 2016

Heartwarmingly Delicious Debut

Louise Miller
Penguin Random House
August 9, 2016

Pastry Chef Olivia Rawlings not only sets her career ablaze but the room itself when she drops a tray of Baked Alaska at the posh dinner club in Boston where she works. Olivia thinks that not even her relationship with one of the most prominent members will save her so she does what she has always done; she packs up her dog and runs. Alone in the world since her father's death when she was sixteen, Olivia heads for the small town of Guthrie VT and her best friend Hannah. 

The local Inn is looking for a baker and Olivia is hired by Margaret Hurley, the elegant and formidable owner. Lodging is provided with the position and Olivia moves into the sugarhouse on the property. Olivia has always been a city girl, clad in black, with her hair color changing according to her mood. But she quickly finds herself putting down tentative roots for the first time in her life; even when she runs afoul of the small town's propensity to gossip about newcomers. The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is a delightful read with quirky characters, lots of humor and a slow-burning romance that meets some unexpected bumps along the way. Heartwarming and chock full of mouthwatering food references, I highly recommend Louise Miller's debut novel.

Thanks to the First to Read program for an advance digital copy in return for an honest review.

RATING- 4 Stars

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