The Recipe Box
Bestselling, beloved author of The Charm Bracelet spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.
Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s...more
Sweet, tender and heartwarming-
This book just has that summertime feel to it. Sam Mullins always had an urge to break free from her family’s traditions. She wanted to fly far away from Michigan and the orchard and pie shop her parents and grandparents owned and operate. She finally escapes to New York, determined to be a premier baking chef. But, just as she lands a premium job opportunity, she quits and heads home to regr ...more
This was such a charming read... filled with love, family, and food... each chapter starts off with a recipe... a recipe that sounds absolutely delicious... that is why my mom is getting a copy of this book for Mother’s Day, she needs to try out these recipes... she is a stellar Baker (just in case she’s reading this I want to butter her up)
Sam grew up in northern Michigan on her family‘s orchard, always longing for the big city.... there are so many books with this the ...more
Confession: I’ve bought all of Viola Shipman’s books because I cannot resist the covers! I was thrilled to read an early copy of the author’s latest book. Viola Shipman is actually a pen name for a male author who chose to write under his beloved grandmother’s name as a tribute to her. You can feel the author’s devotion to his grandmother, and his entire family, in these words, even though this is fiction ...more
Probably not, but it made her mother and grandmother happy so Sam accepted it and made her first pie.
THE RECIPE BOX was a gift no thirteen-year-old wanted, but it was a gift that kept on giving throughout Sam's life.
We follow Sam as she leaves her loving Michigan home and goes to New York to attend culinary school. She was a hit in New York, but her boss was a fake. To her family’s delight Sam decided to come back home.
Sweet, heartwarming this book brought back so many fond memories of my youth in upper Michigan. This is a book with strong family ties, great relationships, honesty and courage, not game playing. I felt good, peaceful and happy while reading it. A fabulous summer feel good read.
I loved this tale of upper an Upper Michigan woman/pastry chef and the orchard her family owns. She was raised on her family's orchard, a multi generation owned business. She w ...more
This is the story of Sam Mullins who is at a crossroads in life where she needs to make a choice - stay in New York as a pastry chef or go home ...more
Sam Mullins felt like there was too much to explore in the world and didn't want to stay at her family's orchard and pie shop in Michigan. She went to NY, to go to culinary school and got a job at a famous bakery that was often filmed for Good Morning A ...more
Apple orchard? Check.
Old family recipes? Check.
Devoted, wise grandma? Check
Scrumptious, warm bubbling pies & pastry? Check
Pretty much a slam dunk. I did find the language repetitive and the main character cluelessly unappreciative, but it still worked...because, did I mention the pastries?! I could smell them from the pages.
the recipe box
What it's all about...
One thing I know for certain...after reading this book the reader will either crave everything sweet or swear off of sugary treats forever! This book contains just about everything sweet and good that a book should have. It has a family...a Michigan family of bakers who own an apple orchard. The book shares stories from all of this family’s generations of bakers but focuses on Sam...she is the latest generation. She is a professionally trained c ...more
Sam needs to look no further for answers than her own family. Which is where this all goes wrong for m ...more
I wanted to love this. Books set in small towns always appeal to me. However, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get into this. I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters.
What Went Wrong:
1) The main character -
On the surface, there's nothing terrible about Sam. She's kind and sweet. She'd do anything for her family and friends, and she's experiencing a common problem: she doesn't know what to do next after her lifelong dream hasn't exactly gone as she had planned ...more
Viola Shipman, Author of “The Recipe Box” has written a delightful, charming and heartwarming story of family, love, tradition and change. The Genres of this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in Northern Michigan and New York.
The author describes her characters as likable, resourceful, hardworking, and enterprising. Sam Mullins comes back to the family orchard and pie baking business and shoppes, after a major disappointmen ...more
Die Geschichte von Samantha hat mir gut gefallen, auch wenn Sam mir nicht immer ...more
Life is short my friends and Viola (pen name) Wade Rouse; reminds us that in this newest work The Recipe Box.
A fab read daring to leave the past behind while confronting the obstacles like fear that prevent us from welcoming change, opportunity, growth, and leaving a lasting legacy.
So often we get caught up in making a life we forget to live the live we have. Being present and enjoying the view to slow down enough in making memories to cherish is ...more
If you are a fan of heart-felt stories that will whisk you away on a virtual mini-vacation, The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is one to read. This book is a beautifully written story that will have you longing for a trip to Michigan. It also explores the theme of self-discovery through the use of recipes and a multi-generational cast of characters.
Sie hat ihre Bestimmung noch nicht gefunden und weiß noch nicht, was sie sich vom Leben wünscht. Liegt ihre Zukunft in einer B ...more
Five Stars: A delightful and delicious book that is all about love, family, roots and wings.
Sam trudges to work. It is early in the morning, but New York City is awake and buzzing. Why does she feel this knot of dread in her stomach every day when she arrives at what is supposedly her dream job? Today is different. The cute little bakery is dark and quiet. A note from the head pastry chef alerting their ridiculous boss that she is quitting is the way Sam starts her day. Thi ...more
I really liked this story, and I think it would make a wonderful Hallmark movie. I love how the story painted itself into living and breathing characters right in my mind - the scenes of NYC and Michigan were both breathtaking and unforgettable. I would love to go to the pie pantry, pick apples, eat apples, and chat and have fun with family and friends. Willo was probably my favorite character, and I also loved how the story flashed back to previous Mullins wom ...more
Shipman’s (Wade Rouse) latest charmer The Recipe Box is all about family, family traditions, family in transition and passing the torch on to the next generation its also about choices and wanting to make your own mark on the world. The main protagonist in this novel, Sam, is a genuine caring woman who is looking for herself and how this intuitive author lets her do that is remarkable. With a soft soothing introspective narrative told in different timelines fro ...more
Which is why I’m so, so proud of my new novel, The Recipe Box, which publishes in hardco ...more