The Bake-Off

The Bake-Off

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by Beth Kendrick
     
 

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"Exceptionally entertaining and wonderfully original" (Chicago Tribune), Beth Kendrick delivers a funny story about family, self- discovery, and the pursuit of the perfect pie crust.

Suburban soccer mom Amy has always wanted to stand out from the crowd. Former child prodigy Linnie just wants to fit in. The two sisters have been estranged for years

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"Exceptionally entertaining and wonderfully original" (Chicago Tribune), Beth Kendrick delivers a funny story about family, self- discovery, and the pursuit of the perfect pie crust.

Suburban soccer mom Amy has always wanted to stand out from the crowd. Former child prodigy Linnie just wants to fit in. The two sisters have been estranged for years, but thanks to a series of personal crises and their wily grandmother, they've teamed up to enter a national bake-off in the hopes of winning some serious cash. Armed with the top-secret recipe for Grammy's apple pie, they should be unstoppable. Sure, neither one of them has ever baked anything more complicated than brownie mix, but it's just pie-how hard could it be?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kendrick (Second Time Around) whips up a snappy tale of two estranged sisters forced to make amends. Drop-dead gorgeous Type-A brainiac Linnie Bialek is wasting her potential working as a dealer at a Las Vegas casino. Her cute sister, Amy, once the life of the party, is now a soccer mom stuck in suburban Connecticut; though content, she sometimes longs for the fun of the past. When the sisters' sage grammy's expensive antique brooch is stolen from Linnie's apartment and pawned, and Linnie loses the high-stakes poker game that was her only hope of getting it back, grammy convinces her to enter a national baking contest with a big cash prize. The catch: she has to partner with her sister. The weeklong trip, of course, shows Linnie and Amy that family is more important than petty differences. While readers will see the surprise ending coming for miles, and the rush to wrap things up is awkward, Kendrick's yin and yang characters make a classic tale of sibling rivalry enjoyable and invigorating. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451233103
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
483,459
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Beth Kendrick is the author of twelve women’s fiction novels, including Put a Ring On ItNew Uses for Old BoyfriendsCure for the Common BreakupThe Week Before the WeddingThe Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service, and Nearlyweds, which was turned into a Hallmark Channel original movie. She lives in Arizona with two big rescue mutts and vacations at the Delaware beach, where she devotes a great deal of time to eating local strawberries and drinking wine. You know, for research.

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The Bake-Off 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read. It was a fun little story about sisters and baking. It starts a little slow in the beginning , but the story moves faster as you continue reading. Great Book!
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PaulineMA More than 1 year ago
I love baking so this was a no brainer for me. And I've read Beth Kendrick in the past and enjoyed her writing. I was not disappointed. This story about sisters, about the sometimes difficult dynamics within a family...all of that touches us at some point in our lives. And how we perceive things differently as we get older, realizing our priorities in life. Beth Kendrick explores all of this in a light, easy read. I finished this novel in between running to the kitchen removing my baking sheets from the oven. I don't believe I've ever even tried to make pie crust, but I might try now!
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