I’ve been reading… a lot. Call it self-care, call it my kids are growing up, but mama’s got some much needed time to herself and I’ve been loving every moment. It’s also afforded me the opportunity to read some lighter books like A City Baker’s Guide to Living in the Country. Allllmost nothing better than a love story surrounded by food.
I. Love. Food.
Which is why reading about food and love is wildly appealing. From cooking with Dave, to sharing recipes passed down from the Jewish side of the family to the girls for holiday treats- a kitchen holds the heart (and belly).
The big city-small town connection truly resonates in my heart, and when a character makes choices that make you cringe, but nod with understanding, it just keeps the pages turning.
So, what’s it about?
Olivia Rawlings, Boston pastry chef extraordinaire, sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight… and most of her life. Her escape to the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, turns into something more lasting when Sugar Maple Inn owner, Margaret Hurley, offers Livvy a job.
Hidden spaces with ribbons, surly attitudes, and blossoming feelings surround Livvy, who moves with her over zealous dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn’s property… and small town life becomes her.
The joys of a fragrant kitchen, banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door… and Martin, back from Seattle. He makes her understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought… or is she?
When complications arise, Livvy is left to decide what’s next… flee or belong, and find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected. It may even be better.
Love and a kitchen?
Light read for anyone who needs a morale booster. Something that leaves you a bit teary for a reason you can’t quite pinpoint.