The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

Book - 2016
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When Olivia Rawlings, Boston pastry chef extraordinaire, sets not only her flambé dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to Vermont stay with her best friend, Hannah, who lives in a town famous for Bag Balm and contra dancing. Since her previous post at the exclusive Boston club has probably also gone up in smoke, Olivia gratefully accepts a job at the Sugar Maple Inn, not realizing at first that she's been hired to help the cantankerous owner reclaim the inn's blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest. Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small-town life, and when she meets Martin McCracken, a native who has returned to take care of his ailing father, she begins to understand that she may not be as alone in the world as she once thought. -- adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101981207
Branch Call Number: FICTION MILLER
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 24 cm.


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ArapahoeMarcia Mar 20, 2021

Follow the exploits of a highly awarded, but struggling baker as she settles into the rural Vermont. Lovely characters, delicious desserts, and beautiful setting. Provides an enjoyable escape.

Mar 08, 2021

Try to read in the fall.

LCPL_Cathy Nov 06, 2020

This is a nice love story that doesn’t get too sappy. Livvy, the main character is a pastry chef and there are lots of yummy descriptions of her creations. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a cool autumn day and then go in the kitchen to bake an apple pie.

Aug 15, 2019

I admit it. I thought this book would be a sappy love story. It was a love story, but it wasn’t sappy. Give me a book with kitchens, cooking and baking in it and I’m a happy reader. Add in an urban baker in a rural Vermont town. Add a big helping of a crusty old inn-keeper. Stir in wonderful citizens, including the kind-hearted chef, and the result will turn out well.

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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