“The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café” by Mary Simses

That’s right, and if you keep looking you’ll keep seeing more and more. That’s what it means to be an observer, Ellen. There’s always more there than you think.”

And when you don’t expect anything from a book…

I am not going to lie. I bought this book because I fell in love with its cover. That, and I seem to have a thing for fictional blueberries (yes, I am not a big fan when it comes to actually eating them). Anyway…

This could be your typical girl goes after some family secret/history, girls falls instantly in love with handsome local guy, girl leaves everything behind to be with guy that has changed her life. Honestly, that’s kind of it… but there’s so much more!

Ellen is fulfilling her grandmother’s dying wish. They were close and so the quite successful NYC attorney leaves her beloved city, and fiancé, with a two day reservation at a INN in Beacon, Maine.

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Everything starts falling apart. Between almost drowning, spending time with her savior and finding herself at a INN that doesn’t seem to correspond to her high standards, Ellen starts to questions her mission… and, after starting to learn a few things about her grandmother’s life, herself.

You’ve read this a thousand times before, you say? Well, you might. There’s something special about this one, though. This is a blueberry croissant in the middle of an ocean of muffins (you will understand if you read it… I hope).

Oh, the wonders of a great sense of humour! It’s insane how natural it all feels. It’s not made of those jokes that you know are meant to be funny, it’s just simply… hilarious. I had such a lovely time! And Ellen’s mother, she’s quite something.

I guess this book reads pretty much like one of those feel good films that leave you with a key to the universe once they are done. Suddenly you feel like you can do anything, specially baking your happiness. And truth is, you really can. Sometimes (well, most of the times, really), you are the only one stopping yourself.

Anyway, it’s time to start considering moving to somewhere in Maine. Sounds like it’s the place to be!

P.S. There’s one thing I truly appreciated about this novel. Ellen’s grandmother has written a letter apologizing to someone she loved and left behind for someone else. I was so glad to read about a female character who left because she wanted to, not because she was told to or prohibited of seeing someone else. She simply fell in love with another person. Naturally. That was quite different and refreshing and not at all dramatic. Just life, really.

P.P.S. I know it’s not easy to get along with Ellen’s personality, but she will have you laughing out loud before you know it.


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