Title: The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living
Author: Louise Miller
Description: “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.”
Review: This book was so amazing! I was hooked from the first page and could not put it down. It was filled to the brim with humor, relatable characters, and wonderful food that made my mouth water. I found a very happy place to be in Guthrie, Vermont and really did not want to leave when the book was done.
I felt connected to the characters and to the town. I think this book moved into my list of all time favorite books. This is a book I will probably read a thousand times.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to ANYONE! It is such a cozy romance novel that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In a world filled with violence and anger, this was a very refreshing change of pace and a wonderful place to get lost in for a while.
*I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*