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Manhattan lawyer Ellen Branford is going to fulfil her grandmother's dying wish - to find the hometown boy she once loved and give him her last letter. Beacon, Maine, home to blueberry fields and eccentric locals, is the last place she wants to go so close to her upcoming wedding. Hoping to be in and out in 24 hours, Ellen ends up the talk of the town when a tumble into thManhattan lawyer Ellen Branford is going to fulfil her grandmother's dying wish - to find the hometown boy she once loved and give him her last letter. Beacon, Maine, home to blueberry fields and eccentric locals, is the last place she wants to go so close to her upcoming wedding. Hoping to be in and out in 24 hours, Ellen ends up the talk of the town when a tumble into the ocean introduces her to Roy Cummings, the carpenter who saves her life. Roy happens to be the nephew of Ellen's grandmother's lost love, and the one person who can bring closure to her quest. But as Ellen learns what Beacon has to offer and what her grandmother left behind, she may find that a 24 hour visit will never be enough......

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The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-04-22 06:27

    First, this book is nothing like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and the publisher does the book and the author a disservice by raising expectations when it compares the two in the book's blurb.This book is a well-above-average, refreshingly clean romance novel (and predictable, as the genre is), with a little historical mystery twist. I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a Hallmark movie, and a pretty good one. The setting of the Maine village is nicely, if somewhat stereotypically, evoked (where's the great antique shop, as long as we're stereotyping)? I liked the book but found myself wanting more for it: If only the protagonist, Ellen, instead of denying the red flags in her current relationship and later deciding what do without reflecting on the problem, had used the opportunity to explore why she was attracted to one choice or the other. If only she had realized that her grandmother had faced a similar choice and had taken the opportunity to explore her grandmother's choices and the reasons she made them. (And why did Gran stop painting? We're told that she did and we can guess why, but there are other possible reasons.) Gran could have left Ellen a journal or some letters (after all, Ellen finds other old letters) that would have allowed Ellen insight into Gran's choices and her own. Where are the recipes for the great food that Ellen thinks about and discovers in the (oh, the name!) Beacon, Maine (blueberry muffins, meatloaf, mustard sauce and other sandwich fixings)? And how can Ellen's mother be the controlling takeover artist who is preventing her from making her own choices and the warm, accepting mother that she transforms into later in the book? And what woman (not to mention the smart-cookie lawyer Ellen is supposed to be) in 2013 thinks she has to get married because she has made a promise (which is important, but marriage is too important to enter if you're having serious doubts) and the invitations have been printed? This book could have been so much more than a predictable romance novel, even if it is a good one.

  • LillyBooks
    2019-05-11 01:34

    I had a rule that I would only give one star reviews to books that I couldn't finish, but I'm giving one here to a book I did finish because I hated it more and more as I read it (actually, I probably just skimmed the last two chapters, so "finishing" is open to interpretation). First, the title and cover photo are totally misleading (I know, I know, don't judge a book), this is not a charming "School of Essential Ingredients" book about cooking; rather, the main character seems to have an eating disorder. Secondly, I am really, really sick of authors assuming that every woman in the world doesn't know her own mind and just needs a hunky man who performs physical labor for a living to show her the true life she should be living! Grrrrr. Thirdly, one of the themes this book seems to be that you cannot judge a place and people until you get to know them (this small town is charming, not hokey), but the author seems to have a serious vendetta against Manhattan and its inhabitants, portraying them as stuck up, tennis playing stereo-types. Fourthly, it's not well written. I knew the ending from the first chapter, knew exactly what caricatures the mother and the finance were going to be, the conversations all seem to be people jumping to conclusions and/or misunderstanding each other in a totally improbable way; it's almost as if the author wanted there to be a argument but couldn't figure out how to make it happen, so she skipped any logical sequence to that argument. I've seen better Lifetime movies.

  • Beth
    2019-05-01 01:34

    This is one of those books that you sit down with on a rainy afternoon with a blanket, cup of tea and, of course, a blueberry muffin. This is the book for every person who starts out on the path she thinks she should be on, gets caught up, yet daydreams about a simpler life. It is easy to see why this first time novelist is endorsed by the incomparable James Patterson. Ms. Simses prose is never stilted. The story has just the right amount of ups, downs, suspenseful moments, surprises and laugh out loud moments. I am looking forward to more of her work.

  • Miki
    2019-04-24 01:43

    By the time I'd reached Chapter Four in this book, all I could think was "What in the world is WRONG with you?!?" Ellen is a 35-year-old lawyer in a prestigious NY firm and you would think that she would at least have common sense if not above average intelligence. Instead, she is a complete ninny.Ellen resists being helped when she falls off a dock into the ocean and IS DROWNING, because, in her family, everyone "has trouble asking for help". What??When a photo of her kissing the man who SAVED HER LIFE is published in the local paper, she panics that her fiancé will see it. (Why? The man SAVED HER LIFE!) Instead of calling her fiancé and telling him about it like a normal person, she runs all over town buying all the copies of the paper she can find to keep it from him. (Again, what??)Ellen goes to Beacon Maine to carry out the last wish of her deceased grandmother, Ruth, by delivering a letter to the grandmother's girlhood sweetheart. She finds out the sweetheart is also dead, and that his heart had been broken by Ruth. Ruth had been a promising painter, but even her own daughter, Ellen's mother, never knew it. You never find out why Ruth gave it up, either.Anyway, Ellen breaks her engagement and marries the man who saved her life. The whole thing reminded me of some weird version of "Sleepless in Seattle". Phooey.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-23 06:39

    I really wanted to like this book. I did. I bought it new because it came up on Goodreads as a featured book and the premise seemed okay. I was going to be in Maine on vacation, and so I thought it would be a good foil for the Stephen King novel I was also bringing.Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It wasn't the author, or her ability to tell the story. I liked the descriptions of Maine. The problem was her protagonist. On page 320, the heroine says of herself, "What did that say about me? That I was erratic? Untrustworthy? That I didn't know my own mind?" The description is accurate, and I guess that sums up what I didn't like about her.She waffles throughout the course of the novel, never consistent from one minute to the next with her opinions or plans. She can set out intending to do one thing or feel one way and undergo a complete turnaround as soon as she speaks with any other character. She has astonishingly stupid rationale for such an educated person - she justifies breaking and entering because the homeowner is old and thus "must have turned his hearing aid off". (This is the second time in the book that she is trespassing.)Other charming things she does include being rude to the owner of the hotel where she's staying, and repeatedly getting drunk and making a fool of herself. The first hundred pages had me wincing at how unpleasant and unsympathetic she was - or exclaiming "What are you thinking?!" - not that the ending was much better.In the end, Ellen does exactly what her grandmother did. She throws over a man who expects to marry her and starts dating someone else. Her grandmother did it to Chet, she does it to Hayden. She does, of course, manage to do this by getting drunk and dumping him in front of a bar full of people using the karaoke mike. She then decides to ignore everyone who told her to work more on her natural talent for photography and opens a bakery - much as her grandmother gave up painting to do something else.I found this book frustrating, not heart-warming. But I'll repeat - all of that was bound up in one character. I'll try another book by Simses at some point, much like I'll read more by Chevy Stevens despite the heroine in Never Knowing.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-05-03 22:17

    Wow, what a fabulous debut novel! I found The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Caféby talented Mary Simses, to be totally divine! So much more than a romantic chick lit—depth of a charming historical fiction novel, blending the old and new seamlessly, with generations past.If you are a fan of authors Nicholas Sparks, Mary Kay Andrews, Joanne Demaio, Elin Hilderbrand, Beth Hoffman, Nancy Thayer, and Mary Ellen Taylor - this book is for you! I was delighted to discover this author (especially since I live in South Florida where Mary Simses currently resides). Being a former lawyer, Mary definitely knows the dynamics of her characters, and oh, is so able to capture the essence of each setting—to the point you could almost smell the flowers and taste the food--and image yourself alongside the characters.This e-book was witty,and kept me smiling – what a beautiful love story – Ruth/Chet and Ellen/Roy. The scenes at the Antler were hilarious! I hated for the book to end as was so engaging. Hopefully there will be a sequel – (as possibly more about Ellen’s mother – seems as she may have some skeletons in her closet and could let loose as well, more about Chet’s background, possibly the owner of the B&B, and of course the continuation of Roy/Ellen saga and this town of colorful characters (at least a few more books in the series).I related to this book in so many ways (as a former publisher, having spent years in the commercial real estate business) as well as a fan of small historic and quaint towns, art, B&Bs, coffee and tea shops, architecture, history, gourmet food, and photography. Love discovering secrets of past generations. A compellingand well written novel, set in beautiful Maine, this book will transport you from the sophisticated life of Manhattan to the simple pleasures of small town living, good food, and friends as a special granddaughter carries out her much loved grandmother’s wishes and the life and love she left behind. Check out her second novel, Coming May 31, 2016The Rules of Love and GrammerIt is on my TBR list!

  • Cinthia Ritchie
    2019-04-30 04:34

    I brought Mary Simes' "The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café" on vacation, expecting it to be a fast and interesting chicklit read for the plane ride and while lounging by the pool.The plot is predictable: Big city girl Ellen Branford returns to small town Maine to deliver a letter left to her by her dying grandmother. She almost drowns and is saved by a hunky local, and they kiss. But wait! Ellen is also engaged to a high-powered attorney with his eye on political office.Yet while the plot isn't the most original, it unfolds with enough twists and surprises to keep the reader fully engaged. The humor is clever and sharp, and the scenes at the Antler bar are laugh-out-loud funny. The best part of the book, however, is the writing, which is fast-paced, funny and endearing. Simes' paints such a realistic picture of coastal Maine that the prose almost breathes of salt and ocean; you can smell the damp odor of the shabby hotel room, taste the rich, savor of a bowl of homemade clam chowder.I'd recommend this as a solid summer read or a good gift for a close girlfriend. Warning: Just try to get through to the end without baking blueberry muffins.

  • Brandi
    2019-05-03 05:34

    I was very excited to read this book based on the synopsis. I quickly realized that the main character is a shallow, snooty woman who is coming to this small town to fulfill her Grandmothers dying wish. She spends a majority of the book telling us the name brands of her clothes, complaining about cholesterol in the local food and just looking at everything from a view that is down her nose. It does get somewhat better through out the book, but by then, she is just so disliked by me as a reader that I am waiting for something to knock her off her high horse. In the end, she decided to move to the small coastal town and is loving small town life. I think I may have actually rolled my eyes at this.It is such a disappointment to be so excited about a book and then have it just not live up to the hopes you had for it. Maybe if the main character was a little less vain and shallow I could have enjoyed it more.

  • Ena Hasečić
    2019-05-05 02:31

    4+Život njujorkške odvjetnice Ellen se mijenja kada joj baka na samrti ostavlja pismo i zadatak da ga odnese u gradić Bacon. Njen prvi susret s Baconom i ljudima nije prošao slavno, pala je u ledeno more, a spasio je nepoznati muškarac. Potraga za osobom kojoj treba dostaviti pismo traje duže nego što je planirala, a Bacon joj se sve više dopada... Lijepo, bajkovito, romantično, preporuka! :) "Pitam se pomisliš li ikada kako smo sjedili ispod onog hrasta, kako su cvrčali cvrčci, a noću zrikavci. Ili kako je led zimi prekrivao grmove borovnica, dajući im sneni izgled. Ili kako smo na štandu pokraj ceste prodavali pite za tvoju majku. I dalje te se sjetim kad god vidim borovnice."

  • Marijan
    2019-05-14 06:22

    ne previše originalno, ali zanimljivo pisano

  • Penny McGill
    2019-05-07 23:38

    A sweet romance set in Maine. The main character is visiting a small town to deliver a letter her grandmother wrote before she died. While trying to find the supposed recipient of this letter she starts to have feelings for a resident of the small town. Their relationship develops as she finds the letter taking her deeper into the early life of her beloved grandmother. I've been reading a lot of grandmother stories lately and they are always populated with someone wonderful - someone you wish was the main character of the story because they are feisty and wise - but I guess you need an object/granddaughter to bring out all of that love and wisdom.I think I felt like the cafe and bakeshop would figure more prominently in the story than it did so I started off a bit disappointed. That being said the characters were likable and the roller coaster ride of an on-again-off-again love was fun. I don't think it merits a book club read but it is a better than average romance with almost no bodice ripping to be found. Score one for the patrons who like a love story without spicy language or rolls in the hay.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-05 05:35

    Loved it. Goodreads GiveawayIt started out fast paced, which grabs me every time. You have your big city girl, Ellen, who was very close to her grandma who passes away and her dying request was to have Ellen deliver a letter for her, in a small town in another city/state, where everyone knows each other to a man she onced loved many years ago. In trying to deliver this letter, Ellen finds things out about her grandmother that none of them knew about. Her first day, she falls into the ocean and is saved by a handsome construction worker, Roy. Roy has a huge part in this story and it's just so very beautifully written. This book will capture you from the start and you will find yourself not wanting to put it down until you are finished. 2/28/14 I passed this book on to my mom. She sat down during the snow storm and read it in one day.. :) She had a new favorite author.

  • Антоанета
    2019-05-12 23:27

    Не мога да кажа със сигурност, че тази книга не ми е харесала, но бях настроена към малко по-различен тип четиво и това не се оказа нещото, което търсех. Но мога да кажа, че историята случила се в миналото с бабата на Елън, за която тя събираше пъзела парченце по парченце ми беше много по-интересна. Имаше нещо в нея дето яко ме беше стиснало за гърлото и бях любопитна да разбера какво точно се е случило. Колкото до настоящето - не повярвах изобщо. Не повярвах, че ще кажеш "обичам те" на непознат само след седмица от срещата с него и ще загърбиш целия си подреден живот. Не, че не е наистина невъзможно, но тук в тази книга нямаше едно убедително доказателство, че наистина се случва подобна любов. Много бях ядосана на Елън, че заряза годеника си, при положение че непрекъснато се повтаряше колко много се обичат. Да, те бяха прекалено съвършената двойка, но тук по прекалено наивен начин беше зарязан един за сметка на друг. А и нямаше нищо кулинарно и магическо. Общо взето не беше моята книга.

  • Priscilla
    2019-05-21 04:40

    Put a picture of food on a book cover and I will read it. Plus, it’s summer, and summer reading should be light and fun: think slow, hot days, quaint seaside towns and family secrets. Toss in a handsome local and a few laughs, and you have the Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Sims.The story takes place in Beacon, Maine, where the neighbors don’t miss much and where Ellen Branford’s grandmother grew up. High-powered Manhattan attorney Ellen finds herself in a bit of culture shock when she travels to Beacon to fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish and deliver a letter to a childhood friend. There are no lattes or spa treatments in the sleepy coastal community, but plenty of colorful characters including a nosy innkeeper and a good-looking stranger who seems to always be in the right place at the wrong time – for the very engaged Ellen, anyway. One thing leads to another and what began as a quick overnight trip turns into a journey into her grandmother’s past, and forces Ellen to reconsider her own life in the process. This quick read is funny, charming, and not too predictable (but it is summer, so that’s okay) and would be enjoyed by fans of chick Lit, Nicholas Sparks or Mary Kay Andrews.

  • Aimee
    2019-05-03 04:26

    I picked this up (from the library, thank God)because it basically said if you liked "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" you would like this book. How wrong THAT statement was. This book is is nothing like the other book. I kept thinking as I started this book, the Potato Peel Society was much, much better than this, wasn't it? I was questioning my own good taste! Ha! I kept reading it for the turn towards wonderfully charming and then it became quite clear that the turn wasn't coming and it was just a terrible book.This book is predictable, boring, and lame. The main character isn't likable and is inconsistent. I skipped thru much of the book. I almost just didn't read it, but I knew what the ending would be and had to prove myself maybe wrong? But I wasn't wrong. It was exactly what I thought it would be.Normally I wouldn't even write a review for a book like this. I was just ticked that I felt like I was tricked into reading.

  • Kittie
    2019-05-06 04:21

    I have to say this book was oh-so-much more than I originally thought it would be! Such an adorable, subtle read for any type "read day". Good for a rainy day, a sunny day, a blizzard day, etc! Mary Simses really makes her characters loveable & the reader can very easily immerse themselves inside the story! If a reader is looking for hard-packed action, paranormal or erotic romance, a mystery-thriller roller-coaster ride, then this is not the book to check out. This read is a wonderfully quiet, clean, & subtle romantic novel with cute laugh-out-loud sections that just keep you smiling through the whole page! A surprisingly beautiful little story about dedication & always making sure you are true to yourself & your beliefs!

  • i.
    2019-04-22 01:46

    There is nothing new in this typical romantic story and you know from the very beginning what is going to happen but it is still entertaining. A light read to take to the beach on a sunny day.www.theleisurediaries.blogspot.com

  • Dianne
    2019-05-20 04:23

    This was a great example of why sometimes I need to put a book down and then get back to it in a few days. It started off slow, and I found in the beginning that I did not like Ellen very much. I am really happy I kept reading after the first 20% the book it started to turn into a great debut novel and Ellen was not as self-centered as I felt she was in the beginning of the book. I would consider this women's lit or romance and not a foodie book at all. It has no recipes and very little mention of food. I am looking forward to reading more of Mary Simses books in the future.Joy of BakingBlueberry Streusel Muffins Recipe2 large eggs1 cup (240 ml) milk (full or reduced fat)1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract3 cups (390 grams) all purpose flour1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar2 1/2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)1/2 cup (113 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks2 cups (one dry pint) (275 grams) fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen blueberries, do not thaw)1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (outer yellow skin)2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butterPreheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Place rack in center of oven. Line 14 - 16 muffin cups with paper liners or lightly butter the muffin cups or spray them with a non stick vegetable spray.In a bowl whisk the eggs with the milk and vanilla extract. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, your fingertips, or two knives. (The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.) Remove one cup (150 grams) of the mixture and set aside in a separate bowl to make the streusel topping. To the remaining muffin batter, gently fold in the blueberries and lemon zest. Add the milk and egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. (Do not over mix this mixture or the muffins will be tough when baked.) Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full with the batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Streusel Topping: Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons (28 grams) butter and stir into the reserved one cup (150 grams) of flour mixture until it is crumbly and looks like coarse meal. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the streusel on top of each muffin. Bake the muffins for about 18 - 23 minutes or until firm and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool before serving. These muffins are at their best the day they're made, but they can be covered and stored at room temperature for about 2 days. They can also be frozen.joyofbaking.comRead more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/muffins/Bl...Makes about 14 - 16 muffins.http://dianne1964.blogspot.com/2013/0...

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-16 22:35

    I was really looking forward to reading this when I brought it home from the library. I was disappointed though, and that makes me sad because I really wanted to love this story. The idea is great, some of the characters are great, I just don't feel the characters were fleshed out enough, or the story itself was as good as it could have been. The epilogue was a great chapter! The whole story we learn about the main characters love of photography, never her love of baking. Yes there were sweet memories of her baking with her grandmother, but no mention of her yearn to bake. Even that aside, we don't really know the "hero" and neither does she. I've read other books where the main characters fall in love quickly but they spent time together etc, that getting to know you part was lacking here.

  • Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
    2019-04-30 04:39

    A cute book, very much superficial chick lit. Slightly different from the Hallmark film, but not by much. It was made into a Hallmark film for a reason, very light & easy, but more of a one time read than anything honestly. :)

  • Ivana
    2019-04-28 05:40

    Iskreno, podsjeca me na Sparksa. I inace stvarno nisam ljubitelj ovakvih knjiga, ali ne znam sta mi se dogada. hahah. Odmor za dusu i tijelo definitivno! Mali, kratki roman, lak za citanje, sve sto bi covjek pozelio nakon napornog dana! :D

  • Miriam
    2019-05-14 04:32

    A charming read about figuring out what you really want in life. Emotional and inspiring. Highly recommended.

  • Mason
    2019-05-10 06:27

    The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café is just that -- irresistible.The story pulls you in and you don’t want to leave. Narrator Erin Bennett does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. Her cadence and mannerisms add to this delightful tale. Her vocalization enhances the author’s words and her expressions of the emotions adds to the characters’ depth.The story begins on a sad note with the death of Ellen Branford’s beloved grandmother. Just before she died, she asked Ellen to deliver a letter to a man in Beacon, Maine, sending her apologies for leaving him in their youth. Feeling she has to fulfill her grandmother’s request, Ellen leaves Manhattan for a quick one-day trip to Maine.Arriving in Beacon, Ellen finds the town the complete opposite of Manhattan. It’s a simple, quite town. A lawyer by profession, Ellen also enjoys photography and can’t resist taking a photo from a dock near where she’s staying. Ellen’s life turns upside down when she falls through the dock and almost drowns. She is saved by a local carpenter, Roy, that is nothing like her lawyer, politically-driven fiancé, Hayden. The near-drowning incident makes her a bit of a celebrity in the town. As she searches for her grandmother’s former lover, Ellen begins to discover things about her family and herself, she never knew. Her one-day trip turns into several and when Hayden and her mother arrive in town, things really begin to unravel. Author Mary Simses has crafted a delightful and charming debut novel. Her vivid descriptions places you among the people of Beacon and you can practically feel the breeze off the ocean. The twists and turns along the way hold your attention. The characters are realistic, likable and well-developed. Simses incorporates the right touches of humor, romance, mystery and nostalgia for an enchanting story you hope will never end. The delicious looking cover of THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFÉ may be what pulls you in, but it’s the story and characters that will warm your heart and capture your imagination.FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

  • Chelsey Wolford
    2019-05-01 03:35

    Ellen Branford thinks she is on the way to Beacon, Maine to grant her grandmother’s dying wish. She has no idea that from the moment she steps foot in Beacon her life will change forever. Ellen was very close to her grandmother and wants only to honor her by delivering a letter she had written before her death. The letter is written to a Chet Cummings, and it is Ellen’s job to locate Chet and get this letter in his hands. She thinks it will be good closure for her, and wants to see the place that her grandmother called home for many years. However, her first day in Beacon is a complete disaster. She is looking out over the ocean while standing on a pier, when suddenly the pier collapses and she is whisked away into high tide. Lucky for Ellen someone was watching her. Her rescuer rushed from the shore to save her life, and Ellen can only think to repay him with a kiss. A kiss that ends up all over the local newspapers! Oh and did I mention? Ellen has a fiancé waiting for her at home!At first I was unsure about Ellen as a character. She was very Plain Jane to me at first and seemed to not want to take any risks. However, once she started to learn her way around Beacon, Maine, the events and happenings in her life started to changed and she changed with them. She became more outgoing and personable by the end of the book. I loved her desire to see the letter her grandmother had written be delivered. This was another book where I wish that a character that was dead was actually alive. I loved Ellen’s relationship with her grandmother, and especially loved the parts where Ellen would reflect on her time with her as well.The relationship that Roy and Ellen form is endearing and everlasting. I immediately wanted to see the two of them together. I thought that it was so personable that Roy called her “Swimmer” after he rescued her from drowning. I literally laughed out loud at this each time he used the pet name. Roy comes off stubborn and crabby, almost like Ellen, but readers will see a dramatic change in him by the end of the book as well!P.S. This book will make you want some blueberries!***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Little, Brown and Company in exchange for my honest review***

  • Megan Readinginthesunshine
    2019-04-25 22:38

    I was very interested in this book from the first moment that I laid eyes on it. I absolutely LOVED the title, and the cover was beautiful too – even if it did make me feel rather hungry!When Ellen Branford’s grandmother passes away, Ellen is devastated. Determined to fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish, Ellen sets off to Beacon, Maine in order to deliver a letter to the hometown boy who her grandmother loved. Although Ellen is only planning to be in and out of Beacon as quick as she can, this doesn’t happen after events start to take a turn of their own. Added to this, a meeting with Roy Cummings means she may be in Beacon for longer than she first thought…I really enjoyed this! I was not sure what to expect from this story but I was surprised in the greatest way possible. I was quickly drawn in by Ellen and the events happening in Beacon and I spent a glorious afternoon in the sunshine devouring this fantastic book! The descriptions of Beacon were so vivid and realistic, I could almost see the ocean in front of me and hear the sounds around me. This novel also made me quite hungry for blueberry muffins!I loved Ellen as a character, I warmed to her straight away and from the beginning I was cheering her on in her journey to carry out her grandmother’s wishes. I enjoyed Ellen’s progression in the novel as she begins to explore Beacon, relax and open her heart to her new surroundings. I really liked Roy as well, and his scenes with Ellen were wonderful! Their parts together touched my heart, I was rooting for them all the way – and I eagerly looked forward to their scenes as they made me smile.The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe is easy to get into, I found that I was immersed in the world of Ellen straight away and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. It is an enchanting, light-hearted novel – full of laughter and falling in love. Mary Simses has written a beautiful and charming novel that is perfect for relaxing with.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-25 23:39

    Very good first book from Mary Simses. The novel starts out with the main character Ellen Branford falling through a rotted dock in Beacon, Maine, after being sent on a mission by her grandmother to fulfill her dying wish of apologizing to her high school love. Ellen was saved from drowning by a local carpenter, Roy. This event affects much of the events throughout the book. While I found the book highly enjoyable, the plot was very predictable and the main character could be rather annoying at times. First, after being pulled out into the freezing cold waters of the coast of Maine by a riptide and being too exhausted to swim back, she refuses Roy's help when he tries to save her life, because she is too stubborn to accept someone else's helpeven when she's drowning . Also, throughout the book she becomes drunk and publicly humiliates herself. For being a highly respected lawyer in New York City, she doesn't think things through, such as when she trespasses (twice) and decides that buying all the newspapers in print was a good idea to get rid of an article about her, instead of going to the publishers and demanding (with her fancy lawyer skills) for the newspaper to be recalled. Even with these two issues, I thought the novel was a well written work from a first time author.

  • Joanne Moyer
    2019-05-18 05:33

    When high powered Manhattan attorney Ellen Branford's beloved grandmother dies, she promises to deliver a letter to Gran's old love in Beacon, Maine, which once she arrives, of course thinks is a horribly primitive place. She expects to be there only one night but after an accident makes her a local celebrity she finds herself staying longer to find Gran's old love and discovering that Gran had a life in Beacon that the family never knew about...plus there is that possible attraction to local carpenter Roy....Hijinks ensue when her fiance and mother show up and Ellen has to decide what she wants to do with her life. This is so not my normal type of book. I'm not sure what attracted me to it...possibly the title or the jar of blueberries on the cover, but I found 'The Blueberry Cafe' to be a fun and enjoyable read.

  • Norelle
    2019-05-22 02:27

    Bija jauki. Es gribēju kaut ko jauku, viegli lasāmu un šis tāds bija. Beigās parādījās mazliet tas cukurs, kas atgādināja, kāpēc es šāda veida grāmatas nelasu daudz un bieži. Bet reizēm prasās un reizēm vajag :DViss gan būtu pavisam, pavisam jauki ja autore būtu lietojusi vārdu ''iemīlējies'', nevis ''mīlu''. Šeit ierunājas mana reālistes puse - nu neticu, ka kāds kādu var mīlēt pēc nedēļas. Iemīlēties - tam es vēēēēēl varētu noticēt, jo welll.... man būtu ko teikt, bet ne šeit un ne tagad to izklāstīt. Anyway - tas mazliet nosita iespaidus. Citādi - bija jauki un man patika tās atmiņas un lietas par vecmāmiņu, ko galvenā varone atklāja.

  • Cheryl Kravetz
    2019-05-12 05:30

    Mary Simses show an extraordinary talent in her first novel, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe. I rank her right up there with two of my favorite authors of this genre, Sarah Jio and Patti Callahan Henry. Mary tells a believable story, set in beautiful surroundings, and brings to life very interesting people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what Mary Simses does next!

  • Cory Nevill
    2019-05-16 00:32

    Pretty predictable romance, I was most interested in the grandmother's past abd the town if Beacon, but the book did not go into that very deeply. Not a very satisfying read, kind if like fast food instead of a real meal.