The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller audiobook

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living: A Novel

By Louise Miller
Read by Jorjeana Marie

Penguin Random House, Penguin Audio 9781101981207
10.17 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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"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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Summary

Summary

An August 2016 LibraryReads Pick

"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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Absolutely charming.” Natasha Solomons, New York Times bestselling author
“With insight, warmth, and humor, Louise Miller describes life in a kitchen as only an experienced baker can.” J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author
“Comforting without being cozy, this is escapist fiction for those who want a quieter—and tastier—life.” Elle
“Miller’s debut novel is a giant serving of comfort food. Treat yourself.” RealSimple
“This book is super cozy—probably because it takes place in a small town in Vermont, and because the protagonist has a dog named Salty, and because she’s a baker who spends her days working at an inn. Okay, it’s Gilmore Girls.” Bon Appetit, “8 Food Novels You Need to Read this Summer”
“Miller elevates the story by turning it into a Pinterest fantasy of rural America…[Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens, and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one.” New York Times Book Review
“[An] endearing debut…[Miller] excels at characterization, revealing her protagonist’s complex pasts in subtle ways.” Publishers Weekly
“One rich and warm romance…[a] lighthearted love story that’s as homey as a slice of prized crumb apple pie.” Library Journal
“The audiobook provides a comfortable stage for narrator Jorjeana Marie’s impressive ability to spice up dialogue with a good measure of the characters’ personalities. Listeners will sense the kindness hidden beneath the crustiness of the elderly inn owner as well as the insecurities that underlie Olivia’s emotional connections with her new neighbors.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Louise Miller

Author Bio: Louise Miller

Louise Miller is a pastry chef who lives and works in Boston. She received a scholarship to attend GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, a yearlong workshop for novelists. She is an art school dropout, an amateur flower gardener, an old-time banjo player, an obsessive moviegoer, and a champion of old dogs. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is her debut novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English