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The Union Street Bakery (Union Street Bakery #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2013)
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This was an interesting story idea, and the author obviously knows a great deal about the bakery business. The emotions that Daisy, the main character, experienced as a result of being an adult who was adopted as a child, such as rejection, not fitting in, etc., seem very well done. I have an adult daughter who was adopted, and that part of Daisy's character seemed very realistic. I also felt the history and genealogy that the author used as a part of the plot were very interesting. One part of...more
The Union Street Bakery in Old Town, Virginia has been in the McCrae family for 150 years.And it is teetering on the brink of financial ruin when Daisy McCrae comes back home from Washington D.C. Her life is a shambling mix of lost job,lost love and a conviction that nothing good lasts forever. But she loves her family and squares off with a mountain of bills,cranky equipment and even a ghost to bring the family business back into the black.
There is a historical mystery in the mix as well. Whe...more
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Berkley Trade|February 5, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-425-25969-6

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...more
The old diary belonging to Susie who wrote it around 1852 and that Daisy receives from the 99-year old Mabel was the best part of this book. Other than that, it was a rather average contemporary tale about a 30-something woman who reconnects with her family and tries to find her path in life. The Union Street Bakery itself is a compelling setting. I loved to hear about the hard work of bakers. All in all, it was an okay read.
I’ll write more when I have more time - and if the story lingers....
Teresa Michael
This is our book club book for this month. I liked the characters and it was an easy read. The story moved very well and kept my interest. Daisy's mother left her at the Union Street Bakery in Alexandria, VA when she was 3 years old and never came back. She was adopted by the owners of the bakery and raised as one of their 3 daughters. Thirty years later, Daisey is fired from her finance job and is back running the bakery so her father can retire. A old neighbor lady leaves Daisy a journal writt...more
Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
Union Street Bakery is a delicious treat to read. I was hooked after the first chapter. The characters are fun, and the mystery and paranormal elements are very believable. This story has a lot going on, but the author is brilliant in her ability to keep it up beat and easy to understand. I love the way the mystery is opened up little by little. The setting is fantastic and the author adds touches to the story to make you feel like you are right there in the mist of the bakery watching the siste...more
Amanda Snow
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As I was cozied up on the couch yesterday, feeling incredibly sorry for myself, I read The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor. It was a great choice to take my mind off the queasiness in my stomach! It takes place in Old Town Alexandria, where I worked up until November when I decided to stay home with my little guy. It's such a beautiful town, with a truly old fashioned feel, which made for an excellent setting for a story.

The main charact...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Daisy is a bit embarrassed to be moving back home at this point in her life. She had a very good job, a fiancé and a life she loved. And somehow she lost it all…

When the story began, I thought it was a tale about being downsized and returning to your roots. The author makes it into a larger story by making her main character an abandoned child. She’s been adopted by a good family, doesn’t care what happened to her mother, and thinks she’s fine on her own. But not all her ghosts have been laid ye...more
The back of the book had me sold. A woman going back to her family's business after her career ended. Then you add in she was engaged, unknown to her family, she is adopted and there is a slave girl journal. I think the author wasn't sure where to go with the main character. A lot of it seem to get lost in order for her to come to terms with her mother leaving her at the bakery at such a young age. I just was expecting a bit more, knowing that yes the woman has gone through a lot but it seem in...more
This is a rather complex story of a woman who has never recovered from an early childhood trauma, despite the love of family. Slowly, through a very complicated story, she appears to come to terms with her life and recognizes her blessings. Family relationships and personal growth are important themes throughout the book. There was much in the story that I really enjoyed, but I'm not sure why the ghosts were included. I thought they were unnecessary and seemed to weigh down the story. Another cr...more
Mary Ellen Taylor is a new author for me, also the plot a departure from my usual favorite genre. “Union Street Bakery” is the story of Daisy, a 30-ish financial manager that was successful until let go due to company purging. Daisy ends up going back to her family that has run a bakery for generations and becomes the extra help they need. She lives in the attic of the bakery and has silent visitations from a baffling ghost. Daisy is given a gift of a diary from a 99-yr.old women who quite surpr...more
Daisy McRae has returned home, to an attic room above the family's Union Street Bakery. She's broken off her engagement, lost her job, and now has been tricked while intoxicated into helping her widowed sister run the family bakery. She brings with her tons of issues: an inability to trust and a near crippling insecurity that there is something wrong with her. Why else would her mother have left her at the Union Street Bakery when she was three years old, and never have come back? Clearly, there...more
Jun 18, 2014 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014

I had to concede that the job had wormed into my identity like sprawling ivy vines, which over time, slowly and carefully had burrowed into the mortar, brick, and foundation of my life. With the job gone, I was left damaged and marked like bricks stripped clean of ivy.

I just knew if I could be perfect I'd somehow be more deserving

Good, sound advice that I really wanted to embrace but never quite managed.

I kept my head down, basically obsessed over tripping the trees while the...more
The Union Street Bakery - Of all, it was the cover that caught my attention. It hinted to a 'best read when raining book', so I set myself by the window where the rush of the rain sang a lullaby and began to read. There were many times when I thought the story was slow-paced and repetitive. Same emotions: rejection, isolation, not feeling loved etc. The obstacles were all too alike. Nevertheless, the main character grew, slowly but surely, into a confident woman satisfied with the love her adopt...more
The story seemed promising, but I had two main issues. One, I didn't see the need for the casual profanity. It didn't really fit with what I thought the characters would actually say. Two, the story got complicated when they began to trace their lineage and was difficult to follow (making me care about their search less). Also, I really didn't understand why she threw in some ghosts... seemed unnecessary.
I enjoyed tbis book even though I wasn't sure I would in tbe beginning. I didn't like the main character much to start. It has everything I like. Historical fiction, contemporary a little mystery and a ghost or two. The only thing that kept me from giving it 4 stars was the ending. It was so abrupt that I didn't realize I had reached tbe end. I had to go back to see if I missed something.
Carmen Slaughter
I wanted to like this book more. I expected more emphasis on the historical elements and I was a bit disappointed with the lack of character development. I understand there is a second book in this series due out in November. There are several loose threads in this book. Perhaps they'll be tied up in the next book. We'll see.
Regina Spiker
One minute you’re on top – fancy, swanky apartment, designer dresses, killer heels and the next minute you’re back sharing your parent’s attic with a ghost and all your worldly goods stuffed in boxes. Daisy lived the good life until the CEO of her company raised the bet and lost it all including his business and employees. Now Daisy spends the hours before dawn kneading dough and making bread in her family bakery – a once prospering business that’s now running in the red. It’s up to Daisy to cru...more
Salt Lake county reader's choice early 2014 book.
Daisy McCrae returns home to the Union Street bakery after she loses her job and her life implodes. She joins her sisters Rachel and Margaret in keeping the bakery going, that has been in the McCrae family since the 1850's.
Daisy is adopted. She was left at the bakery at 3 years old. Daisy has a lot of issues. She tries to control things around her, and she has walked away from relationships first because she is afraid that others will leave her.
One thing only kept this from being a four star book. There who two ghosts who flitted around the bakery and talked to Daisy McCrae. I happen to hate anything supernatural in a novel. I guess I prefer my stories perfectly factual. The history of the two ghosts is brought out in a journal gifted to Daisy and I would have been quite content with only that journal.
Anyway the story itself, of Daisy, a financial worker who loses her job and returns to the bakeshop run by her family is a good story. T...more
As I was reading this book I had to stop a couple of times and re read a sentence to make sure I had not read it wrong. I have never read a book that had so many grammatical errors with past tense/present tense and wrong words. that was really strange. did anyone actually edit this book? other than that I loved the story idea. I felt, as many other readers did, that the family generations didn't quite fit in the time line. Aside from that, I liked the idea and premise of the story. I loved the h...more
Daisy McCrae loved her job as a financial analyst until the company fell apart due to some risky investments. Though she had hoped to help the company get back on its feet, she's let go. Some time before that she had broken up with her boyfriend. Having lost her salary, she lost the lease on her apartment. Like many adults she has to go back to the family business, a bakery that's on shaky ground. There are some mildly paranormal elements with a couple of ghosts.
An aged woman she barely knew giv...more
Daisy McCrae is living in the attic of the family's bakery, the Union Street Bakery. She has lost her job, her boyfriend and her apartment. The bakery is in financial trouble but with a lot of perseverance and a whole lot of hard work plus the small retirement savings she had Daisy helps the bakery, family and herself. Being abandoned when she was 3 at the bakery the McCrae's adopted her but she now has received a letter that was sent to her adopted mother by her biological mother and she has a...more
The book should have been really good. It was ok. Another story about someone who doesn't feel loved and so, despite all reassurances from her adoptive family (for 30 years) her ex-boyfriend, she does some whining. She's lost her fast-track job and has to go back to her family's bakery. And an old neighbor, on her death, leaves the young woman a diary from the Civil War period. Her oldest adopted sister is a history buff, and together they discover just how the diary is linked to their family--i...more
interesting mystery that is not a murder mystery. three sisters return to the family bakery to try to make it continue after the retirement of dad. each sister has an issue. one wants to be would rather be a history prof and one just got laid off from a financial corp. the financial gal is adopted and the attic room she lives in is haunted. she get a journal from a lady who prompty dies. all of these comes together rather nicely
again, issues with language. there is no reason for some o...more
I thought this was an enjoyable book (it was a reader's choice from the library). I liked the little story within a story and liked that it didn't go too deep to distract from the main story. I would've rated this book a 4 star rating but just couldn't with the bad language. What was really annoying about the bad language is it totally didn't fit with the story. It was completely unnecessary (as it always is) but almost like the author was trying to act cool by throwing in a bad word every now a...more
This was a book that grabbed my attention and kept it the whole way through. I almost read it in one sitting. It is a novel that proves that family is the people who love you the most. I enjoyed meeting the McCrae family. The sisters have to learn about their families past to be able to move on with their futures. The writing was terrific and that made this a very easy book to read. The plot and setting were also great. I can't wait to read more.

I obtained a copy of this book from my local libra...more
Viviane Crystal
Daisy McCrae has come home to the bakery on Union Street, after being Vice-President of Suburban Enterprises. She was a valued financier and never saw the crash coming as her colleagues invested poorly and she was one of those employees who were let go. The end of a brilliant career is how she sees it. In fact her heartfelt belief is that bad things will eventually happen and more besides. So it works out smoothly that her Dad’s health is not so good; actually it’s simple to say her parents are...more
Mary Ellen Taylor's The Union Street Bakery is a heartwarming and contemporary story that revolves around Daisy McCrae, a thirty something, out of work financial analyst that finds herself back at square one in life. After Daisy's mother convinces her (over one to many daiquiris) to move back home and help manage the sinking family business, Daisy quickly starts spinning into a depression. She has lost her high profile job in Washington DC, her fiancee, and everything that defined who she though...more
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Mary Ellen Taylor grew up in a southern family that embraced stories of all kinds, from a well-told anecdote to a good yarn or a tall tale. It may have been inevitable that Taylor would take her storytelling heritage to new heights, moving beyond the oral tradition to become a published author.

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