Apr 1, 2014

First Chapter: The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe by Mary Simses

First Chapter, First Paragraph is a weekly meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.
Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B; choose two teaser sentences from a random page of your current read.

Title: The Ireistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe by Mary Simses
Published July 9, 2013; Little, Brown and Company
Genre: fiction

The cover got to me. I love blueberries and the sight of a jar of homemade blueberry jam made me want to open this book again...

First chapter, first paragraph:
"Don't move, it's not safe!"
I heard someone yell, but it was too late. The wooden planks of the dock saged beneath me and then gave way.Boards splintered, rotted lumber snapped, and I plunged ten feet into the frigid Maine ocean. 
And then a vision of Gran and her blueberry muffins slipped into my head.
"Like...well, open a bakery," I said.
Jim looked surprised.
(ch. 19)
Book description: 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  about the power of a simpler life.

Would you keep reading this book?


  1. I listened to this book on CD and enjoyed it. It was a fun read to me. Hope you enjoy it too.

  2. This sounds like a fun read. What a great beginning! My teasers this week are from Notorious by Allison Brennan and Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. Happy reading!

  3. I love the cover. I think it's the blueberries - yum. The intro and description sound interesting. I would keep reading.

  4. I would keep reading. The cover itself is so inviting.

  5. I like the look and sound of this book! :)

  6. I think I would keep reading. I like the idea of carrying out someone's last wishes--and reinventing oneself.

  7. Sounds like a fun read--I like blueberries.

  8. Oh, there is me sitting here, being on a diet as always. That jam looks like the tastiest in the world to me :) The cover is a winner.

  9. Aah - the pull of a simpler life while living in Manhattan - I know that feeling!

  10. I would definitely keep reading this book after that opening and that Teaser! Love the title, cover, premise, and blueberries.
    My Teaser is from WITHOUT A TRACE.

  11. I like that intro, definitely makes me want more ---enjoy

  12. This is my kind of story. I want more. Actually, when I saw the cover I was hooked. Like you, I love blueberries. Enjoy.

  13. Oh yes! Her words about grandma made me laugh.

  14. Absolutely I would read this! I used to live on the coast of Maine and it is a gorgeous peaceful place to live or visit. Also, the cover is beautiful for a foodie to look at :) The blurb and teaser seal the deal, Thanks for sharing.


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