Monday, May 14, 2018

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

3 Star

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and in their pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family's orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life--including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

Kathryn - 3 Star

This novel has lots of feels and sweet stuff.  You'll definitely be itching to bake something reading this story and will also be hungry for the warmth of family or friends that support you unconditionally.

Sam essentially goes home to her family's orchard because she can't see what her next step in New York should be.  She's a trained pastry chef but has been working for a TV "personality" rather than someone who can recognise her talents.  She's lost and unsure of herself.  She returns to the family for a visit at the family's urging but she has no intention of staying.  The warmth and love that enfolds her though seems to be too strong to resist, and why is she resisting anyway?

The novel covers multiple generations of strong and driven women and at the heart this book is about women and their strength within families.  You can truly feel the warm and encompassing hug the words generate and I enjoyed this read!

Thank you to Thomas Dunne Books for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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