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The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise  Miller
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it was amazing

I'm beginning to get attached to this little Vermont hamlet and her residents: They're all quirky, passionate, complicated, and very, very interesting.

This one begins with the untimely heart attack and car wreck of Guthrie's cake lady, Peggy Johnson. Peggy's loyal border collie companion Freckles escapes the wreckage and runs away. The search for and sightings of Freckles is a motif throughout the novel, and it's symbolic of the search for the main characters' true purpose. As an example, Nora's heart doesn't really belong to the diner she inherited from her parents; she doesn't even cook! Also, Nora's love interest Elliott seems way too grounded and generous to work as a location scout and negotiator for a "big box" store.

One of the story's mysteries is why Peggy had intended to sell her property to a big box store chain. Nora doesn't want to sell, and she's being pressured not to sell by most residents because the large super center would hurt most local mom and pop stores. She's torn about what to do: As one of Peggy's heirs she wants to uphold her wishes (not to mention that her sister Kit wants to sell so she can finance her movie she's filming). When a series of unfortunate events makes it certain that Nora and Kit MUST sell, all is not lost. This book has one of the most unexpected and happy resolutions ever.

One of my favorite characters is Max. Max is Kit's boyfriend, and he's a veritable Jack of All Trades. He did a stint as a baker, and his skills enable Kit and Nora to fulfill Peggy's outstanding cake orders. Louise Miller shares Peggy's famous Burnt Sugar Cake with Maple Icing in the back of the book. This recipe alone is worth the book's price, but fortunately for her readers, Miller has written a charming, inspiring story reminding readers it's never too late to chase dreams.

NOTE: I purchased this book at my favorite Indie bookstore, Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida.

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Reading Progress

February 16, 2019 – Shelved
February 16, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 24, 2019 – Started Reading
April 26, 2019 – Finished Reading

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