The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

by Mary Simses


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"You will devour The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop &Cafe. Mary Simses can write evocative detail that puts you right in the scene, with dialogue that always rings true.
-James Patterson

A high-powered Manhattan attorney finds love, purpose, and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother's hometown.

Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish—to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316225878
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 224,338
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Simses grew up in Connecticut and spent much of her life in the Northeast, where she attended college and law school. As a child she loved to write stories, design covers for them, and staple them into books. Later, careers in journalism and law took priority and creative writing slipped away, until she enrolled in an evening fiction writing class at a local university and was hooked again. Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. Mary now lives in South Florida with her husband/law partner and their daughter.

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James Patterson

If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, or the Nicholas Sparks novels, you will devour THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE. Mary Simses can write evocative detail that puts you right in the scene; dialogue that always rings true.

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The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story of love lost and love found! Very believable characters and Ellen's search into her grandmother's past kept me reading. I hope this novel is made into a movie!
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It started out a little sad since Ellen’s grandmother had recently died, but the story from then on was anything but sad. The trip her grandmother sent her on was full of ups and downs, laughs and surprises. The descriptions of the town and the people she met were wonderful. I could almost see the town and the ocean, and by the end of the book I felt as if I knew these people. I loved following Ellen and discovering bits about her grandmother and her past. I loved seeing her become a person she thought she’d never be and liking a town and enjoying it’s people that she never thought she’d like. I liked that in the end, she decided to be the person she wanted to be and not what her mother wanted her to be. If you’re looking for a light read, give this book a chance. It’s a fun read that will make you smile, and maybe even laugh here and there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  It made me laugh out loud and to me that's what makes a book great!  Loved the little town and you can almost feel yourself there!  Makes me want to our a blueberry farm and bake shop!  Can't wait to read her next novel.  One of those books that you'll remember as a good read!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and found it to be a nice light read. The story line was good and kept me interested the entire way through. Id like to read other books by this author when she releases more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sweet and charming and down to earth.  It was easy to read and hard to put down.  The comfort of the small town in Maine was irresistible!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!!! It was funny, sad, romantic and had such interesting characters.  She is a great writer.  Great plot, with lots of surprises and emotions.  The author paints such detailed pictures that you feel like you're there, in Maine. Personally, I can't wait for Mary Simses to write another book :)
AvidReader8 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. However, I did not like the character of Ellen. While the storyline was a bit weak, I did enjoy the descriptions of the town and the places she visits. Overall, it was an ok weekend read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe is one of those really nice, heartwarming stories that sticks with you long after you put the book down. In her tale of rescue, adventure, and finding yourself, Mary Simses really succeeds in making her readers see through the eyes of her characters.  Ellen Branford is a career woman. She is perfectly content to live high in her tower of power in Manhattan, living out her day job as an intense and effective attorney and enjoying the lavish affections of her gorgeous fiance. Yet, she can't resist the call of her grandmother's dying wish - to find the boy she fell in love with as a young girl, and give him her final letter. So Ellen returns to the small town on the coast of Maine, but what should have been a one-day trip ends up meaning way more for Ellen than she realized. She quickly becomes a celebrity in the small town, and it's not because of her kick-butt lawyer skills. Nope, she just happens to fall into the bay within her first hours in town and has to be saved by a local named Roy. Heartwarming and life-changing adventures ensue, all in the name of finding love and happiness.  I loved the wonderful imagery that Mary uses when depicting Beacon. I'm already on the verge of deciding to move to the East Coast myself, and this book with its lush scenery and wonderful descriptions may have just swayed me into it. Mary does a wonderful job painting not only the setting, but the very air that the characters breathe and I was just captivated by her words. This could have been because the version I received was an audio book, but I doubt it. I think both Mary and the narrator were very skilled and helped lay the foundation of a lyrical and beautiful work.
RetiredGrandpa More than 1 year ago
A great first book.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
An engaged New York lawyer visits her grandmother’s hometown in Maine to deliver a letter to her grandmother’s high school sweetheart. But an unwise walk down a decrepit dock leads her to nearly drown, until a local handyman jumps in and saves her. Her sudden outburst of thankfulness with a kiss finds its way into the local paper, and Ellen tries to cover up her impulsivity, while uncovering her grandmother’s secret hobby and the life before she became Gran. After several other hilarious mishaps, Ellen unexpectedly finds the possibility of a new life, as well as a new taste for blueberries. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe is a hilarious look at the choices that drive our impulses, and a glance at a grandmother as a young woman. For discussion questions, a recipe for blueberry muffins with a buttery cinnamon crumble, and similar recommended readings, visit:
gaele More than 1 year ago
Starting out with this story, it does feel like it will transition comfortably to the screen: and be a standard entrant in that channel’s regular fare: nothing wholly exciting, happy-ish ending, where the setting and the underlying story are well suited to a passive hour or two of watching. Unfortunately, for me, the wholly dislikable heroine with her touch of superiority, her rather stereotypical view of small towns (which unfortunately was reinforced by the lack of place development – or compelling secondary characters) all served to form the framework for a mystery. Why did her grandmother stop painting and end up in Beacon? Slow to engage, Ellen is one of those people that is sent on a quest to find her grandmother’s dying wish, with the delivery of a letter. A woman who seems to have made choices for her life by deciding which path would be most acceptable rather than intriguing, she’s caught up in the race for style points – as she defies logic and reason and sets out for Maine. But her arrival and plans to stay only a day are quickly shattered as she discovers a bit of mystery and seeks to unravel the clues. Being honest, this book didn’t hold my attention – and the descriptions, while well written, seemed to have been picked from a tourism guide and were too glossy and generalized to give the town any flavor at all. While many people dream of a simpler life, and making that choice is not always the easy one, I just had too hard a time believing in Ellen’s journey and her choices – or perhaps her reasons for those choices: much like we aren’t really given her reasoning, there was little emotional connection to her grandmother’s story – or discovering what choices she faced – or why she chose what she did. Overall, this story was one that could be about anyone going to a small town from the big city, with only momentary flashes that brought interest or the place to life. Without development or real growth that felt palpable shown for Ellen, and an unbelievably dramatic transformation for her mother to caring and empathetic, there were large parts of the story that just missed in a rush to make a happy ending. A rush that left me hanging and wondering just how we arrived there. I received an ebook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
bongie More than 1 year ago
Light novel and keeps your interest though not a unusual story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story initially peaked my interest, but quickly I lost interest as characters were not developed as I would have like to read-again-predictable events and weak ending. Weak plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was a great story about a family members past and a new found love. The book was predictable, but it still grabbed your attention. It's a great first novel and I can't wait to read more by Mary Simses. If you like reading this book you would also like Nicholas Spark's Night In Rodanthe.
PC44 More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read and enjoyable. It made me think about the choices we make and if they are based on what we want or what we think we should want. I liked the way Ellen was able to learn more about her grandmother's early life. I could relate it to the genealogy research many people are doing. I would be interested in reading more from Ms. Simses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not of the same calibur as the Guernsey Literary Society. OK read. Not a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I didn't want to put book down.   Story enfolds with great little twists.  
JonathanBell More than 1 year ago
A great book. The story unfolds at the perfect pace. The characters are well developed and likable. High praise for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful. I loved It..amazed how much the hallmark movie followed the book. I will read it again somewhere down through the years ahead.
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