by Louise Miller
Rating: .5 Teacups
I love cookbooks, cooking shows and consider myself a foodie. So to read a fiction book based on a pastry chef I knew I would enjoy this one. I mean how neat of a job working as a pastry chef, I always said if I was going to be a chef it would be pastry and other kinds of baking. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living was a good book and one I would recommend to women’s fiction readers. Livvy the main character at times got on my nerves with some of her choices but it was great to see her grow and fall in love with life more than when she was at the top of her game in a fancy high-priced restaurant. Livvy’s life takes a big turn when she loses her job, moves to Vermont and starts working at a cute little BB. This is not where Livvy saw her life going but sometimes the unexpected is just what we need to find our true calling and passion. Livvy gets everything she has been looking for but didn’t know it the love and acceptance of “family” and friends. I could have done with a few less hooking up scenes and more baking kitchen scenes but I’m sure that is just me and not the usual reader. Overall this was a fun book and I enjoyed it. I do want to say thank you so very much to Blogging for Books this was an audio book but I didn’t notice this till after I requested it. I don’t like audio books my mind tends to wonder and I don’t listen like I should and miss most of the story, maybe it’s just that I haven’t found a great “reader” to listen to. They very kindly sent me a book copy instead and I am so thankful that was above and beyond and this is just another reason I love being a reader – blogger for their books!
summary: 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.
thank you blogging for books, Pamela Dorman Books and Louise Miller for allowing me to read The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.