A high-powered Manhattan attorney finds love, purpose, and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother’s hometown. Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish–to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE is a warm and delicious début about the power of a simpler life.
Sissy: The last line of the synopsis perfectly captures how I feel about this book–warm and delicious, and a powerful temptation to throw it all in for a simpler life. Bubby came over the other day and pretty much threw a hard copy (something we don’t see much) of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe into my lap. Love it when that happens! Now if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it is that when my sister gives me a real book to read, it is going to be a really good one. And the cover is so scrumptiously alluring, I didn’t hesitate to open the pages and dive in. In a very authentic sounding Maine setting, Mary Simses has combined an emotional last request with an intriguing mystery, quirky small-town characters, and a lovely romance. The chemistry between the two main characters was so well written as to be undeniable, don’t you think, Bubby?
Bubby: Absolutely! Almost as much chemistry as I have with my handsome hubby! I really enjoyed the unique Maine “local color” and how everyone knew everything that was going on in Beacon within a day or so. The story of “The Swimmer” in the town paper makes for an awkward and amusing situation that keeps popping up throughout the book, and there were more genuinely hilarious moments, like the scenes played out in the antler bar. Hey Sissy– That cover picture of jam looks very similar to one that was delivered to your house not too long ago by some generous benefactress. How fortunate you are to have people like that in your life!
Sissy: Too right, Bubby. Some angel (we’ll call her St. Bubby) was truly inspired by the beautiful descriptions of blueberry farms and blueberry infused foods in The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe and made “Blue and Blackberry” jam. I was truly inspired by the taste of it! And grateful. The story of the transformation of Ellen (and in a side story, her mother) in quaint Beacon, Maine was warm and satisfying, and was for me the ideal Fall afternoon read.
Bubby: The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe had just the right mixture of clean romance, old secrets, twists and turns, and laugh out loud moments for me. Perfect with a cup of cocoa, comfy couch, and, of course, a blueberry muffin!
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