What happens when you make a man out of dough?
In her enchanting, award-winning novel, bestselling author Jennifer Moorman invites you to a whimsical southern, small town of Mystic Water where magic floats on every breeze and is baked into every cake. Moorman weaves the tale of a young woman whose grandmother's secret—and the ancestry of her grandfather—are about to change her life forever.
Anna O'Brien is sure of three things: there's nothing she can't bake, life is sweeter with chocolate, and her dreams are better left unspoken—especially to her mother. For a while, Anna has been living her life according to the expectations of others, never stepping out of line, never following her heart. Her one consolation is continuing her grandmother's legacy by running Bea's Bakery.
When Anna's long-term boyfriend decides to move across the country without her, she is forced to face an uncertain future. After a long night in the bakery with her best friend, Lily, Anna's humdrum existence rockets out of control when she follows a mysterious recipe left behind by her grandmother and finds Elijah—a handsome stranger—baking donuts in her kitchen the next morning. Soon Anna is living in a world where she must deal with the repercussions of Elijah's unexpected existence, while trying not to fall in love with "the dough boy."
Brimming with humor, sweet romance, and a sprinkling of magic, The Baker's Man is an irresistible tale of friendship, forgiveness, and the enchanting possibilities of following one's heart.
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About the Author
Jennifer Moorman was born and raised in southern Georgia, where honeysuckle grows wild and the whippoorwills sing. She considers herself a traveler, an amateur baker, a stargazer, and a dreamer. Jennifer sings in the car, writes story ideas on napkins, and knows quite a few 80s dance moves that she isn't afraid to break out. She is still a southern girl and is busy working on her next novel. To learn more about Jennifer, visit her website at www.jennifermoorman.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this is a day. It was a very good, quick read. The ending had me laughing and tearing up. Definitely worth reading.
Book held me captive with a good storyline.
Such a good book. Who knew you could make a man out of dough and some sprakling magic dust received by her grandmother. Easy read. Happy ending.
What I like about this book is its unique. Its a good read with a bit of fantasy. Not so over the top that you can't play along but just different enough to be amusing and entertaining. A cozy read for those times when you just need a little escape.
I read this book in two days. Its a great beach book, light, funny, sometimes improbable which only adds to its charm.
The Baker’s Man by Jennifer Moorman “Moorman weaves the tale of a young woman whose grandmother’s secret—and the ancestry of her grandfather—are about to change her life forever.” Anna O’Brien has inherited more than her grandmother’s talent for baking and her bakery. When her boyfriend of two years accepts an architectural job with a firm in Napa Valley, with no plans to include her, she is forced to face an uncertain future. One late night in the bakery with her best friend, Lily, they have a little too much to drink and follow a mysterious recipe of her grandmothers with a secret ingredient. The next morning she wakes up to find Elijah, a handsome stranger, baking donuts in her kitchen and things rocket out of control. I found this book to be a magically enchanting tale that weaves in just enough reality to suspend my disbelief. Anna has always lived her life to please others, but when Baron decides to take a job across the country, she decides she needs to take charge of her own life and follow her heart. Anna has internal and external forces pulling her in different directions; she knows she wants to continue making pastries, but perhaps not in her hometown of Mystic Water. There is a perfect place by the sea and an offer has been made, but to move there will disappoint the hometown folks, her mother, and her friends. The relationship with Baron is also unsettled, they were both comfortable with each other and neither is ready to give it up, although they know it is over. Anna’s biggest problem is she is not ready to believe this mysterious force that draws her to Elisha is real, she doesn’t trust the magic. When her friend, Tessa, falls head over heels for Elisha, Anna tries to take a step back. This story explores friendship, forgiveness, and the possibilities of following your own heart. When Elisha, her dough-boy, starts growing into his own person things get very complicated and there are a couple of unexpected twists. The dialogue reads true and humor is expertly woven into this heartwarming journey. I couldn’t help but love Jennifer Moorman’s prose, each of her characters and places had distinctive smells that Anna identified with them. Her mother smelled of ripe cherries or rotten cherries depending on her mood, her father like green pine or freshly cut grass. Elisha smelled of rosemary, cinnamon, spicy chocolate and melted sugar. How could you not love that? This is one of those stories I had trouble assigning a genre to, so I went back to Donna Fasano’s guest post defining romance and chick-lit. I decided it was chick-lit with a strong romantic element, although I do not claim to be an expert on this subject. But I will tell you, if you like foodie fiction or chick-lit you will love this story. I found no significant errors or issues. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** February 24, 2013