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The Union Street Bakery af Mary Ellen Taylor
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The Union Street Bakery (udgave 2013)

af Mary Ellen Taylor

Serier: Union Street Bakery (book 1)

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Daisy McCrae lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend, and has had to move into the attic above her family's store, the Union Street Bakery. An elderly customer passes away and bequeaths Daisy a journal dating back to the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie. As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family (and her own heritage) than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, she is compelled to look further into the past of the town and her family.… (mere)
Medlem:Ellimon
Titel:The Union Street Bakery
Forfattere:Mary Ellen Taylor
Info:Berkley, Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:2021, library-library, dnf

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I am always out for new author's and I have to say that Mary Ellen Taylor's "The Union Street Bakery" is definitely an author potential readers should be on the look out for in the future.

The main protagonist in the novel is Daisy McCrae. Daisy's life changes suddenly when she is fired from her job at an investment firm in Washington D.C. With recently ending a long-term relationship, not being able to afford her rent, she returns to her adopted family's bakery in Old Town, Virginia to help her sisters' run the bakery.

After a run-in with a long-time customer that bequeaths a slave's journal to her, Daisy finds herself searching for the truth behind her real family and trying to fit in with her adopted family.

I really loved the character of Daisy and her two sisters Rachel and Margaret. All of the characters feel very fresh and are are fully fleshed out for this novel. I also felt for Daisy since she feels as if she is not a true "McCrae" since she was adopted and has a hard time trusting people not to live her. I don't want to give away too many details since I have to say that I really love how Ms. Taylor sketched out Daisy's history. It comes to you a piece at at a time.

Also it's pretty apparent that Ms. Taylor has some knowledge of Old Town, Virginia, D.C. and even baking. I was very fascinated to hear about the history of that place and the understanding of slavery in that time and place. I for one did not realize that Old Town was originally part of the district of Columbia. I always assumed it was part of VA. I was also fascinated to hear about the slave trade that was ongoing, the open seaports, etc.

The two minor quibbles I definitely had which caused me to lower my rating by one star were the following:

1) when the novel switches to Daisy's ex boyfriend point of view I found that jarring. We had been in Daisy's head for about half of the novel by then so I do hate switching horse's mid-stream so to speak; and

2) when the novel showed the journal entries. I just did not believe that a slave from the 1850s would be able to speak near perfect English and let alone write it. I wish we had gotten more details on how that came to be, it was just glossed over.

The way that the novel ends definitely leaves it open to interpretation that there will be sequels starring Rachel and Margaret. Definitely hope so!

I 100 percent recommend this novel! ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Average story. Interesting baked goods. :) ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
As a child, Daisy was abandoned at a bakery by her mother. The owners chose to adopt her. As a result, the bakery has always brought about mixed emotions for her. And as a result of being left behind, she has issues getting close to others.

She moved away after college, but not far away. She kept her two lives separate. For some reason, despite being close to her adoptive family, she didn't even tell her fiancée about them.

After her sister's husband died, the bakery was really struggling. Daisy had also just lost her job and her fiancée and her mom begged her to come home to help her sister at the bakery.

Sometimes Daisy was very frustrating to me. Yes, she lost a job she loved but honestly she spent more time complaining about it then her sister did about losing her husband. Jeese. Hard to feel a lot of sympathy for Daisy at those times.

The storyline with the journal and the storyline with Susie were a lot more interesting.

Too many cliffhangers with Daisy's story though.
When she learns more about her first few years it was very anticlimactic. And the story lines with the bakery and Daisy's ex didn't wrap up at all.

My guess? The author didn't finish those story lines because there's a sequel. Frankly I would have been more likely to want to read the sequel if it wasn't left so open ended here.

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  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Surprising little gem of a book. First time reading anything by this author and I really enjoyed this story. The female characters are strong and likable. The author addresses slavery, genealogy, history, baking, adoption and widowhood. I am interested in reading another book by this author. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
I actually read this after Sweet Expectations. I mostly enjoyed both books, maybe the past story in Sweet Expectations a little more. The story is set in Old town Alexandria, VA. I am thinking the author is local and this book shows her love of the town today as well as its past.The development of the Daisy McCrea and her family and friends is well done. The only thing that bothered me was occasionally the author would switch from first to third person and take me out of the story. ( )
  ellenuw | Jan 27, 2016 |
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Daisy McCrae lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend, and has had to move into the attic above her family's store, the Union Street Bakery. An elderly customer passes away and bequeaths Daisy a journal dating back to the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie. As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family (and her own heritage) than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, she is compelled to look further into the past of the town and her family.

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