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(The Bliss Bakery #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  6,452 ratings  ·  881 reviews
Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles and Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and whisk-shaped key while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up. “Aunt” Lily rides a motorc ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by The Inkhouse
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like low self-esteem protagonists

3.5 stars

I reeeeally enjoyed this book. It had suspense and magic, and was easy to read. Reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Candymakers.

But I have to say, there were three things I didn’t like (possible spoilers):

1) Throughout the entire book, Rose had these stupid fantasies and just plain STUPID REMARKS about her crush and her.

She’d be like “Oh if we were boyfriend and girlfriend, we’d stand on top of the highest hill and look
Sonja P.
So, the premise of this is that Rose Bliss works at a magical bakery with her family. She is never allowed to touch the magic, though, and this irks her, because she knows she can make something special. She wants to make snickerdoodles that cure colds or cookies that warm hearts. But instead, she is always left out, and her brothers and her family don't seem to appreciate her. So, when her parents leave to take care of a town ailing wit
tifany 陈

(this is a very nice book!! I love it so much, and suddenly I realized that I could see myself in Rose character lol. I bought this book (actually) because of its cover, it's very adorable and it's about cake and cookies, I love those sweet things!! anyway, the plot is going very well and I'll bought the second one asap!! I really can't wait to read how Rose is going to take the Cookery Booke back to her family!! xD)
Vi ~ Inkvotary
Not sure about the stars. The first chapters were nice to read and fun but then it turned and became weird. Full review to come.
Miss Clark
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Clover White
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Whew. This one took a long time to finish. It was a really clever idea, but the execution didn't excite me very much. More complete review to come.

Full review:

When I read the premise of Bliss, I was very intrigued. It sounded like such a fun idea: would the temptations of her family's magical bakery prove too much for young Rose Bliss? My daughter and I read the book over the course of several months and, though reading it in short chunks didn't help, it never really captured me the way I might
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From the book jacket: Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke – an ancient leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and key while their parents are out of town, but then a m mysterious stranger shows up. “Aunt” Lily rides a motorcycle, wears purple sequins, and whips up exotic dishes for dinner.

My reactions
Okay, I knew it was a children’s middle-grade book, and I knew it
Nancy Kotkin
Very predictable plot. Characters, including the adults, exhibit poor decision-making. Seems more appropriate for chapter book readers than a middle grade audience. Unsatisfying ending focuses on setting up the sequel.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rosemary is a normal girl with the exception of having a magical cookbook. And when her parents leave for a week Rose is determined to become a magical baker herself. This book was really good but I felt like it could have ended about 50 pages before it did, meaning it kinda dragged on.
Vikki VanSickle
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This book was fun. It is ultimately a story about family, with some magical hijinx and a hint of coming-of-age story thrown in, which is why it felt classically American to me. It takes place in a small town that seems to exist just outside of the real world, a safe, wholesome place with kooky locals and life lessons to be learned, untouched and nostalgic all at the same time. It’s the kind of place where kids have quirky names-Rosemary, Sage, Parsley (called Leigh) and Thyme (called Ty) and nic ...more
May 04, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: sexist, fantasy, childrens
Abandoned at p71. Unfortunately the only good thing about this is the cute concept. The execution is disappointing to say the least. The characters don't act or talk like kids should. The internal monologue of the main character is far more repetitive and unsubtle than can be justified by the younger target audience. This book feels like it's really talking down to the reader. Come on. Give kids more credit.

There was plenty of cringeworthy content to go around, too. Casual sexism coming from the
Yasmin Valencia
Sep 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
The book is about a girl named rose and her family.her family ownes a bakery and use a magic cooke book to help other people.when roses parents go on a bisness trip for a week their aunt lilly came to stay.meg and her other sublings go on a lot of adventures in this book.I really did not like this book and would not recommend it, I am a really good baker and love to do it so,I thought I would like this but no.that is my apinon of this book though.
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-series
I really enjoyed this book! I could have finish it in one day, but school slows me down! And this is so sad that I can't continue the other books: I don't own them... Grr :')
Michelle Martine

Really adorable story about a family who bake stuff infused with magic and the problems that arise when the parents have to travel somewhere for a while. As it's a children's book you can expect entertaining and cute shenanigans.

I would have loved to rate this a bit higher but I had one small issue. Don't make your main character constantly think about how she isn't pretty and others are and have a conclusion that says that "nice and pretty people" are those you have to be careful of.
C.J. Milbrandt
Rose Bliss knows for sure that her parents aren't ordinary bakers. They mix magic and turn out miracles in the small town of Calamity Falls. No sooner does an urgent matter calls Mr. and Mrs. Bliss away, then a stranger shows up on their front step, claiming to be Aunt Lily. Rose borrows some of her mother's recipes; hilarity ensues.

Muffins and mason jars. Birthmarks and breaking rules. Whisks and worries. Stetson doughnuts and saving the day. This is a fun read with a quirky cast. I love Purdy
Dislike the humor in this book. Esp the one with Mr Bastable and Ms Thistle.
Josie Funk
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I didn't think that I would like it, but I really did. I highly recommend it.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Rosemary Bliss has always known there was something different about the goods that her parents sell at their bakery. Some of them are ordinary - the carrot-bran muffins, the coconut cakes, the scones. But others... well, Rose just can't shake the thought that they're magical. When she's ten years old, her suspicions are confirmed - her parents have magic in their blood, and can bake cakes that cure illness, cookies that tell the truth, and biscuits that cause the eater to float in the air. Two y ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
i finished reading the book, and i found that i'm really enjoy the story and waiting for the #2 BLISS to release in my country.

the book tell story about a family who use "magic" to run the bake bussiness, without people noticing it. The use of magic is somehow for a purpose, you will know it when you read the book. they got a family heritage cookbook called "Bliss Cookery booke". that book was used by late Bliss family and inherited for centuries.

Rosemary Bliss (Rose) as oldest daughter feel to
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Rosemary Bliss’ parents must leave town, responsible daughter, Rose takes over the family bakery, knowing her siblings will not be much help. Young readers will identify with Rose, who feels unappreciated and ordinary in a family whose talents include baking magical pastries and cakes. Rose wants to feel pretty, important, special, and when the previously unheard-of Aunt Lily shows up on a motorcycle right after the Bliss parents leave, Rose is captivated by someone who sees her potential. ...more
Sarah Hay
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This one is ok. The Bliss family run a small town bakery where they occasionally offer some magical treats to help their unknowing customers. But, when mom and dad leave the kids in charge with the instructions of 'no magic,' inevitably, chaos ensues.
The book mostly follows Rose who is the second oldest Bliss child, living in the shadow of her charming, athletic, really really good looking older brother. Rose struggles with issues of self esteem because she is not allowed to bake magical recipes
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
The Bliss Family Bakery offers wonderful baked treats with a bit of magic. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss are called away to help fight a mysterious flu in a neighboring town and they leave the Bliss children in charge of the bakery. Thyme, Rosemary, Sage and Parsley (Leigh) have varying reactions to being left alone with the bakery to run, but you know that disaster is going to loom. They have one magic. And of course that just makes the magic that much more tempting. Then comes a mysteries Aunt ...more
Kelly DeLeon
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bliss is a creative book that will feeds your imagination. The Bliss family owns a magic cook book and serves up magic treats that causes a stir in the town. I personally love baking and magic,so I would say this was a perfect book for me. Other then those to components the book was rather plain. There were times in the book that seemed to drag on and on but on the other hand there are some parts where they just touched on the subject. This book was fun and light hearted being child friendly and ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this Young Adult book as a Free Friday selection from Barnes and Noble for my Nook.

I did not realize that I would be hooked and want to read the next one in the series.

The family in the book live in a magical town called Calamity Falls. Twelve year old Rose Bliss wants to work magic in her family's bakery as her parents do, but when they are called away and Rose and her siblings are left in charge, the magic goes awry and a beautiful stranger tries to talk Rose into giving her the Bli
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Since I read this at the beginning of the month I can't really write a good review, but I can inform you of my opinion on this book.
First of all, I seriously loved Ty. He was so funny and sounded really cute and was just a lovable character other than his stupidity. Rose killed me. Most of the time I couldn't stand her character. The fact that her parents trusted her and she gave in killed me. She let others influence her decisions and that's one thing I hate, peer pressure. I also HATED Aunt Li
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rose's parents run a bakery. But it's not an average bakery. The Bliss family recipes are magic. Her mother's Stone Sleep Snickerdoodle's cured Mr. Rook's sleepwalking and the Fluffy White Macaroons floated Mr. Wadsworth out of the bottom of the well he was trapped in. Rose is the true baker out of the four kids and has always been fascinated with their magical recipes. So when Rose's parents travel off to Humbleton to cure a huge flu outbreak with their almond croissants, she and her siblings c ...more
Mary Kate
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rosemary Bliss thinks she is too plain just the boring, obedient middle child that no one notices.

Until one week her parents go away a mystery aunt comes to stay who is everything Rose has every wanted to be.

Rose struggles between being obedient, and keeping the family secret and doing what get brothers and Lilly want her to do.

This is a must read for any girl middle kid who feels a little too average. In the end it shows that people don't have to single you out to be noticing you. If you are d
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun and breezy read that unfortunately isn't exactly memorable.
I loved the concept of bakery mixed with magic and the dramatic consequences of magic practice gone wrong. Some of them were downright funny.
However Rose's serious lack of self esteem became a bit bothersome and her siblings were a bit typical in their behaviors. They only acted out of character to make the plot advance.
Aunt Lily was in my opinion the only outstanding character. She kept me guessing until the end. I knew she was up
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Kathryn Littlewood is a writer, actress, comedienne, and bon vivant who lives in New York City, works often in Los Angeles, and has a sweet tooth for pain au chocolat and sweet novels for middle-grade readers. This, her second novel, is a sequel to her first, Bliss.

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“Maybe I should be a lawyer instead of a magical baker, Rose thought. Lawyers' mistakes rarely result in old men climbing on top of towers and taking off their pants.
“Maybe I should be a lawyer instead of a magical baker, Rose though. Lawyers' mistakes rarely result in old men climbing on top of towers and taking off their pants.
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