The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café

Mary Simses. Little, Brown, $25.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-316-22585-4
In this bittersweet debut, Simses tells the story of Ellen Branford, who sets out to investigate her grandmother’s mysterious past and ends up finding herself. As she lays dying, Ellen’s grandmother extracts a promise from Ellen: that she will deliver a long-overdue apology letter to the man her grandmother jilted back home in Beacon, Maine, nearly six decades earlier. After leaving her fiancé in Manhattan, Ellen heads to Beacon and promptly falls through a rotted pier. A strong rip current catches her and she is saved from drowning by local boy Roy Cummings, who pulls her to safety and lands them both on the front page of the local paper, gaining Ellen much notoriety as “the Swimmer.” Fighting her budding feelings for Roy, Ellen digs deeper into her grandmother’s past, unearthing not only her grandmother’s jilted hometown crush but also a whole host of new questions. The answers that come to light will drive Ellen to make a choice that will change the course of her life. Agent: Deneen Howell, Williams & Connolly. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/10/2013
Release date: 07/09/2013
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