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The Pickle Queen (The MacBrides #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  186 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Pickles are mentioned in the Bible. Cleopatra ate them as a beauty regimen. Shakespeare put them in his plays. Mason designed jars for bottling them. So did Ball. Did Mason and Ball fight over the King of the Pickle Jars title? I don't know. I did know this much: I used pickles to keep fear, pride, and my love of Jay Wakefield behind a door I would not risk opening again. ...more
Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Bell Bridge Books
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Jan 08, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it
Gets a 3 only because it's a novella. This story deserves it's own novel. Do not have to read the first in the series (Biscuit Witch) or The Crossroads Cafe first, but you will enjoy the MacBrides better if you meet Delta and the Crossroads gang first. For people who like Sarah Addison Allen and other authors who believe in food, family, and magic.
Sep 18, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely enchanted by this second book (or novella) in the MacBride series by Deborah Smith. I ordered this book only minutes after finishing The Biscuit Witch, the 1st book in the series which captured me also. I can't wait to start The Yarn Spinner, which is the final offering in the series. The Pickle Queen centers around Gabby MacBride, the older sister of the 3 MacBride children, and Jay Wakefield, her wealthy childhood friend who is feared and loathed by many of the North ...more
I read this book in May of 2014. I held off reading this book as long as I could. Usually people devour books by their favorite authors, but I like to wait until I have time to savor them as much as a speed reader like myself can. I still have no idea how to put into words how beautiful this story is. This is a novella yet has everything a perfect novel needs. I would have loved to have a longer book, especially since all of Deborah's stories are so intricate and detailed oriented. She has this ...more
Nov 26, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
I have loved Deborah Smith from the time she was a Loveswept romance author in the 1980s through her hardcover mainstream publisher glory days to her fine novels released through her Belle Books publishing company. But I have to admit that this novella format is not turning out to be her best friend. She is trying to cram too much into too few pages and something is lost in the process. I was looking forward to the childhood friends-turned-enemies love story between Gabby and Jay ever since they ...more
Emsy Van Wyck
Dec 08, 2013 Emsy Van Wyck rated it it was amazing
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Cooking from the heart, romance, and suspense highlight Deborah Smith's fabulous and fun The Pickle Queen

Oh my, I've got a reader crush on Deborah Smith as she has combined some unbelievable southern sassiness and fun, culinary wow, romance and suspense in her MacBrides series. I absolutely loved the first book in the series, The Biscuit Witch and couldn't wait to read her second, The Pickle Queen.

A suggestion, if you haven't already read The Biscuit Witch, do so before reading The Pickle Queen.
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
This book follows Biscuit Witch but takes a decidedly left turn in thematic approach.

It's still somewhat "women in distress" but takes the MacBrides into "Hatfields & McCoys" territory.

Not sure how to describe it but I enjoyed the descriptions of a utopic off grid community that might sound like a hippie commune but is home to many others as well.

I'm annoyed already because I can't find the 3rd title yet in any of my libraries' Overdrive systems. Will have to petition for it to b
Aug 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I read my first Deborah Smith book (Blue Willow) on a long international trip many years ago. Her writing pulls me in and captures me, and I don't want to break for sleep or food. Great for long plane rides; less so for daily life. But I make it happen. Excellent storytelling, delightfully quirky and flawed characters, and beautiful imagery. another great read.
Beverly A. Fodor
Dec 23, 2013 Beverly A. Fodor rated it it was amazing
A really good read.

I discovered this author after I got my Kindle and her books were some that came up when I was searching for some books to buy. I am glad I found her. The Biscuit Witch and The Pickle Queen were great and now I can't wait for Gus' story to be told in The Kitchen Charmer. I hope it is released soon.
Aug 11, 2016 Lynn rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
If you enjoyed The Crossroads Cafe or The Biscuit Witch, you will enjoy this book. There is all of the food "magic" and quirky characters that you would expect. I will have to say that I was a little disappointed in the ending. I was expecting something much bigger. It just seemed a little anti-climatic to me.
Mary Beth
Jun 04, 2016 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and funny with tons of food references is all I need to say about this book. It is as quirky as a gherkin! Enjoy!
I figured out what was different about the prior book and this one; they are simple contemporary romance!
Now I can enjoy the series for that, and not compare it to her earlier works.
karen otto
Nov 30, 2013 karen otto rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Magically enchanting, full of wonderful characters and divine language. Cannot WAIT for Kitchen Charmer to come out. I even reread
Biscuit Witch sonic would take longer to finish.
Dec 25, 2015 Julia rated it it was ok
I like the characters and the concept; however, there was too much there to feel satisfied with a novella. I don't think I'll read the third in this series.
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The MacBrides (4 books)
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