The Union Street Bakery

Author:  Mary Ellen Taylor                                bakery
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 352
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Joan Schulhafer Publishing

 

 

Goodreads:  Life can turn on a dime. It’s a common cliché, and I’d heard it often enough. People die or move away. Investments go south. Affairs end. Loved ones betray us…Stuff happens.

Daisy McCrae’s life is in tatters. She’s lost her job, broken up with her boyfriend, and has been reduced to living in the attic above her family’s store, the Union Street Bakery, while learning the business. Unfortunately, the bakery is in serious hardship. Making things worse is the constant feeling of not being a “real” McCrae since she was adopted as a child and has a less-than-perfect relationship with her two sisters.

Then a long-standing elderly customer passes away, and for some reason bequeaths Daisy a journal dating back to the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie. As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family—and her own heritage—than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, who beckons Daisy to “find her,” she is compelled to look further into the past of the town and her family.

What she finds are the answers she has longed for her entire life, and a chance to begin again with the courage and desire she thought she lost for good.

Ope’s Opinions: This story is an amazing read!  I am not a historical reader in general, but I love this one! The history was woven in the contemporary story seamlessly.   I enjoyed the setting.  I go to Alexandria often, so I could see where they were in my mind.  

These sisters are so real! The whole family treats each other like I think most families do.  It isn’t always positive, but you can feel that they honestly love and care about each other.  I would want to be part of this family.

This story just kept me flipping the pages as fast as I could.

I could have lived without the foul language and the ghost.  Neither of those added any enjoyment to the story for me.

I am ready to read the sequel and I am glad there is one.

 

Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.
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