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"Men like pie." Who would know the truth behind those words better than Elaina Brady's mother Maria? Months after she showed her teenage daughter how to bake perfect pie and hours after offering that culinary wisdom, Maria abandons Elaina, her sister Dee Dee and their father Walt. All it took was a lingering, lusty look from a Missoula trucker who stopped by their family's ...more
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Lilac Wolf
Sep 27, 2011 Lilac Wolf rated it really liked it
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The cover is so bright, that's what caught my attention in the Facebook group, Review Seekers when author MaryPat Hyland asked for reviews for her book. I looked it over, but for some reason I was expecting something different from this tale. Right away it goes into the tragedy of 9/11 and I admit that my eyes rolled and I nearly put the book down. Honestly I can't take the rabid patriot behavior surrounding that day, and was afraid this book would be full of it. Pleasa
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Sam
Oct 27, 2011 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last thing Elaina Brady's mother said to her before she left the family was Men like pie. And with those words and the knowledge on how to make pie Maria walked away from her 2 little girls, her husband and the diner that had been in her family. Years later while Elaina's sister Dee Dee has a life outside the diner and the town Elaina is still there baking pies and living with her dad. Then 9-11 happens and everything changes for her. She meets some new people and decides that life is too sh ...more
Tima
Aug 24, 2011 Tima rated it really liked it
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Elaina's mother left when she was sixteen. Her only advice - "Men like pies." So Elaina has spent the past twelve years working in the family diner making the best pies in the state. Her sister has a life, her friends have a life, but her life is the diner and making pies that men love. Then 9-11 happens and her life (and the lives of many others) will never be the same.

For some reason I started reading this book expecting a murder mystery. There is murder and a bit of mystery, but I would class
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Kim
Oct 23, 2011 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This well written novel started out as somewhat a tribute to those who were involved with the tragedies of 9/11. The Terminal Dinner follows the life of Elaina and describes how that one day changed her life. Although she only witnessed the horrors by television, she learns of tragedy through the different people she meets. A recurring dream haunts Elaina and throughout the novel she thinks that different people are the angel rescuing her in the dream. Due to a misguided childhood from a flighty ...more
Samantha Bergman
Oct 27, 2011 Samantha Bergman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this book was really great. The beginning of the book reminded me of the Twilight Zone in the way that it was written. It seemed more like a play than a novel but then it shifted toward the middle toward more of a novel. I enjoyed the characters thoroughly and their dynamics. It was a interesting read.
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MaryPat is an award-winning former newspaper journalist and Amazon Top 100 Bestseller who writes novels with Irish-American characters set in upstate New York State.
She has just released her first mystery, The Curse of the Strawberry Moon. It is the first book in a five-part Caviston Sisters Mystery series. Hyland is also the author of six previous novels including The Maeve Kenny series: The Cyb
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