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The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

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* Tune in to the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel on October 2nd, 2016 for the premiere of The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, based on Mary Simses' bestselling THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFÉ *

A high-powered Manhattan attorney finds love, purpose, and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother's hometown.
Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2013)
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Patricia I think that's what the whole story is about. How the main character starts out to be shallow and finds that love does have a way of changing your…moreI think that's what the whole story is about. How the main character starts out to be shallow and finds that love does have a way of changing your life. I hope you finished this one. (less)

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Aug 03, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
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 stereo
Oct 30, 2013 LillyBooks rated it did not like it
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 eatin ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
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 o ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Miki rated it did not like it
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Judy Collins
Wow, what a fabulous debut novel! I found The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by 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 (especial
Cinthia Ritchie
Apr 25, 2013 Cinthia Ritchie rated it really liked it
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
Ena Hasečić
Feb 05, 2017 Ena Hasečić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jul 04, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
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Aug 27, 2013 Brandi rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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 t ...more
Penny McGill
Jul 09, 2013 Penny McGill rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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 wa ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it. Goodreads Giveaway
It 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 i
Aug 03, 2013 Priscilla rated it really liked it
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 shoc
Mar 13, 2013 Kittie rated it it was amazing
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 qui ...more
Apr 18, 2015 i. rated it liked it
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.
Feb 15, 2013 Dianne rated it liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction, 2013
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
Sep 18, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
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 me ...more
Oct 24, 2016 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2013 Miriam rated it it was amazing
A charming read about figuring out what you really want in life. Emotional and inspiring. Highly recommended.
Jul 24, 2013 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 de
Feb 16, 2013 Chelsey rated it really liked it
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 tha ...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jun 06, 2013 Megan Readinginthesunshine rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Nicholas Sparks
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jul 12, 2013 Aimee rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
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 ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Norelle rated it liked it

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 :D
Viss 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 iz
Cheryl Kravetz
Apr 20, 2013 Cheryl Kravetz rated it it was amazing
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!
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
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. :)
Cory Nevill
Jul 04, 2013 Cory Nevill rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 06, 2013 Tracie rated it really liked it
I won this book on a Good Reads giveaway and was very excited when I received it in the mail.

This is a nice easy enjoyable read. Perfect book for a lazy weekend.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

As soon as I read the description of Mary Simses' debut novel and saw the luscious blueberry preserves on the cover, I knew I wanted to read this book. What I got was not quite what I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless.

When grieving Ellen arrives in Beacon, Maine, to deliver a letter from her dead grandmother to an old beau, the young New York lawyer doesn't expect to be drawn in -- not by her grandmother's history, not by the down-to-earth, u
Tinka Beere
Apr 04, 2015 Tinka Beere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurz vor dem Tod ihrer Großmutter erhält Ellen einen Brief von ihr mit der Bitte, diesen einem Mann zu übermitteln. Zunächst will Ellen diesen nur in den Briefkasten einwerfen, doch dann macht sie sich auf in die kleine Stadt Beacon in Maine. Dort taucht sie in die Vergangenheit ihrer Großmutter ein und schließt die kleine Stadt und auch ihre Bewohner ins Herz. Eine Reise, die ihr Leben verändern wird.

Die Geschichte ist toll, das kann ich nicht anders sagen. Sie ist spannend und wirklich herzber
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I grew up in Darien, Connecticut and started writing stories when I was eight. Although I always loved to write, I never imagined I could make a living as a fiction writer, so in college I majored in journalism. After working in magazine publishing for a few years, I went back to school to become a lawyer. While working as an attorney, I enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a nearby uni ...more
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