Sweet Expectationsby Mary Ellen Taylor
Running the family bakery and living in the store’s attic might not be Daisy’s dream life, but she’s beginning to understand what being content/b>/i>
Daisy McCrae knows that change can be sudden—and devastating. And while it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, change has the power to turn your whole world upside down....
Running the family bakery and living in the store’s attic might not be Daisy’s dream life, but she’s beginning to understand what being content feels like. And then she gets some unexpected news. In one moment, Daisy’s calm existence turns into chaos. Now she’s struggling to keep it together, especially with renovations at the bakery spiraling out of control.
But when a box of recipes and mementos is found hidden behind a wall in the bakery, Daisy suddenly has something to cling to—a mystery that echoes her own troubles and gives her the opportunity to figure out what she really wants out of life....
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“A wonderful story about sisters, family, and the things that matter most. I loved this beautifully written journey of self-discovery.”—Wendy Wax
“Taylor serves up a great mix of vivid setting, history, drama and everyday life in The Union Street Bakery. Here’s hoping she writes more like it.”—Herald-Sun
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Sweet Expectations was a charming read – from the inviting front cover (makes you want to curl up with a cup of coffee or tea, grab a bistro table, something sweet, and a good book-for a few relaxing hours), to the ending! –love the new plans for becoming more than just a bakery! I read the first book in the series (Union Street Bakery) – highly recommend—the book continues with challenges from Daisy’s character-adopted at age 3 by the McCrae’s (owners of the bakery) when she was left by her biological mother --to some new ventures in small town of Alexandria. In the previous book, Daisy returns home to help with the finances and management of the bakery as her parents have retired –to help her two sisters –Margaret and Rachel. After Daisy’s big finance job in Washington ends and no money – she finds herself 4 months pregnant and single (from a drunken night before she moved back to her roots with a guy who is not father material). As she is getting accustomed to her new simple life full of hard work and upcoming renovations at the bakery, she finds her ex- fiancé’ (Gordon) opens a bike shop down the street, and she has a ghost named Jenna urging her to find her former ex- fiancé and her child who died at birth. The hunt heats up during the renovation when they find a recipe box with scrumptious recipes and dog tags. Not only was she shell shocked to be living in an attic, doing manual labor, now she finds herself single and pregnant and feels she has lost all hope of getting back together with Gordon. Rachel, the sister (mother of twins) who lost her husband a year or so ago, experiences growth and confidence with her sister’s guidance-- she has two guys Jean Paul (the new French baker and a finance executive), and of course Margaret the other sister, an archeologist is busy at her digs. The book was full of humor, romance, history, and mystery. Daisy is slowly finding she likes the bakery, the work, family, and is letting down her guard to show emotions --and excited about researching Jenna’s past (who formerly worked at the bakery years ago). The story intertwines with her own past and present situation. She meets colorful older characters rich in history -in rest homes to connect as she puts the pieces of the puzzle together. I wanted the book to continue, as it is the kind of book you dread ending as you fall in love with the characters in this charming town. I hope Mary Ellen is planning on a third book in the series to keep the characters alive. Dying to see how the new wine cellar will fare, possibly some cheese and other delectable, and other ways to grow the business; Gordon/Daisy new life, and possibly a romance between Rachel and John Paul (I think he will be a better choice than Simon); however, would be fun to see how it plays out. Maybe there is more about Terry’s past to explore and Daisy’s biological father? Also other plans for the bakery with mail order and other corporate ideas to keep them from working too hard and getting to enjoy some fun R&R! (Maybe there is a story of the two teens who now work at the bakery and their mom)…ummmm – worth a few more books…. Love the way the author seamlessly combines the new with the old (past and present) with some interesting generational stories you will want to relive-also some great recipes for the holiday season! Look forward to more from this author as love her writing style.
Title: Sweet Expectations - A Union Street Bakery Novel Book 2 Author: Mary Ellen Taylor Published: 11-5-13 Publisher: Penguin Group/ Berkley Pages: 352 Genre: Romance Sub Genre: Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Contemporary ISBN: 9780425259702 ASIN: B00BDQ398A Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Daisy McCrae finds herself at the age of 31 back home living in the apartment over her family's bakery trying to decide where her life is going. She is closing the bakery in order to do extensive renovations. When a box of decades old recipes that no seems to know who they came from. Daisy begins to search for the history of the treasure. As she uncovers more and more information Daisy finds that issues stemming from her abandonment at the age of three is still affecting her. She notices that she has a lot in common with the owner of the recipes and begins to heal some as she looks at her problems through from another prospective. Daisy is set on a journey of self discovery. Sweet Expectations runs a bit slow at times, but on the whole moves at a steady pace. The interactions between the sisters reminds me of my own adult encounters with my own sisters. From a big family it would be hard to tell which of us were born into the family and which of us were integrated through our hearts. Such is the case of Daisy and her sisters. All were loved equally and loved one another. This is a sweet read with characters that are well enough developed that you can see their personal flaws and strengths. You can see how their relationships evolve as you read the story. My only problem with Sweet Expectations is the repeated references by Daisy to her abandonment as a toddler. We still do not know what happened to her before her adoption into the McCrae family, but she was raised with stability and love yet I get the impression Daisy feels that all the problems in her life lead back to that tragic moment in her life. At her age she should not be crippled so much by events that she can barely recall anything about. I would have thought she would have more confidence in herself. I would rate Sweet Expectations 3 1/2 starts out of 5.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The second in a series that takes place just moments from my house in Alexandria, VA. The reader returns to the bakery to continue the story with the three sisters, Margaret, Rachel and Daisy. It continues the story right where it left off, so don't miss the first one to set the foundation for the stories to come. As I am so glad that the synopsis didn't completely bust the twist that does happen at the beginning, but is really enjoyable when you experience it in the story and not on the cover! So this review may be short, but I just can't spoil the goodness in it!
The yeast of this story failed, and the bread did not rise. The puzzling--and intriguing--ghosts of the first novel failed to appear, and were, in fact, not referred to. Instead we had new presences, rather than a true sequel. The ending tied things up but the reader is left wondering why the writer bothered with so much backstory if it was going to be ignored in the wrap up. The point of view shifted several times, which was okay, but not necessary; over all, a disappointing second.
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Sweet Expectations by Mary Ellen Taylor is the latest in the Union Street Bakery series and it is a sensational read! Daisy McCrae was adopted at the age of three when her mother abandoned her. The bakery owners - the McCrae family - took her in and never let her go. Daisy has two sisters who are both adventuresome yet responsible adults. One sister is an archaeologist and the other a widow with five-year-old twins. In the past, when tragedy strikes, the McCrae family pulls together and makes lemonade from the lemons they have been handed. This book is no exception. At the time the bakery is under renovation, Daisy gets an unexpected surprise which will dramatically change her life as well as the lives of her extended family. She takes a no-nonsense approach to her problem, and even though she is the impulsive one in the family, she buckles down and makes life-changing decisions. The plot of Sweet Expectations is well developed and author Taylor moves it at just the right pace. The characterizations are brilliant! Not having read the previous books in the series, the characters were presented fresh and new for me. I loved Daisy. She was the perfect combination of a bohemian, carefree woman who runs smack dab into life and all its issues. Daisy's sister Margaret comes off as a faithful family member with unfulfilled needs. The widowed sister Rachel is the perfect blend of the woman desperate to engage in life yet who is afraid to move ahead to potentially more pain. This is a story to stay with you as you watch others in the world struggle toward unmet needs and sweet expectations.