The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

Large Print - 2016
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Gale / Cengage Learning
"Mix in one part Diane Mott ­Davidson’s delightful culinary adventures with several tablespoons of Jan Karon’s country living and quirky characters, bake at 350 degrees for one rich and warm romance." --Library Journal

A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home—and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking

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.

Baker & Taylor
"Like her creator, Olivia Rawlings is a Boston-based pastry chef, though one doubts that Miller ever set an entire building alight while flambâeing her signature dessert. After that little upset, Livvy seeks comfort in Guthrie, VT, settling down with peppy dog Salty when she's offered a job at the Sugar Maple Inn and falling for Martin McCracken, home to tend his ailing father"--synopsis of standard edition.

Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, c2016
ISBN: 9781410492722
Branch Call Number: LP FIC MIL
Characteristics: 481 p. ;,23 cm.


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Feb 21, 2017

This is a great escape novel when one needs a quick read with a happy ending. After nearly burning down the Emerson Club with a flaming Baked Alaska, Olivia Rawlings takes a pastry chef job at the Sugar Maple Inn in Guthrie, Vermont. Her best friend, Hannah, recently married a doctor and has settled in the same small town. As Olivia tries to please her aloof boss, she also comes to terms with her married lover and her financial woes in Boston. Life holds many surprises during the novel's two years and leaves the reader feeling satisfied.

KHCPL_Wagner Dec 13, 2016

After accidently causing a fire at the exclusive club where she works, Livvy flees Boston and becomes the new baker at the Sugar Maple Inn in rural Vermont. Despite her city sensibilities, she finds herself a part of small town life, drawn to the gruff local whom she initially despised, and a blue ribbon contender at the annual pie baking contest.

Oct 30, 2016

I read an excerpt from this in Reader's Digest and decided to give it a go. I loved this story. I don't know when I've last devoured a book in 24 hours, but Ms. Miller, you hooked me on this one! I'd love a sequel... and I'm anxious to bake a few pies!! :-)

EscapesToBooks Oct 11, 2016

Olivia is a mess. Having grown up without any real role models or life guides she just has no idea how to make good choices. But after catching her restaurant on fire with a Baked Alaska she's forced to make some big changes. The fun is in watching her grow and mature despite her best intentions to the avoid both.

Aug 15, 2016

Another great summer read! While the story is familiar; love, loss, friendship, etc., there are a few twists thrown in all set against the backdrop of a country inn kitchen.

stephafae Jul 13, 2016

This was such a delightful read. It is meant to be devoured in one sitting, on a rainy or snowy day, supplied with an endless pot of tea and innumerable sweets. I would now like to move to the country, become a pastry chef, work at an inn and romp in the snow. Despite it being July.

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