Put a picture of food on a book cover and I will read it. Plus, it's summer, and summer reading should be light and fun: think slow, hot days, quaint seaside towns and family secrets. Toss in a handsome local and a few laughs, and you have the Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Sims.
The story takes place in Beacon, Maine, where the neighbors don't miss much and where Ellen Branford's grandmother grew up. High-powered Manhattan attorney Ellen finds herself in a bit of culture shock when she travels to Beacon to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish and deliver a letter to a childhood friend. There are no lattes or spa treatments in the sleepy coastal community, but plenty of colorful characters including a nosy innkeeper and a good-looking stranger who seems to always be in the right place at the wrong time -- for the very engaged Ellen, anyway. One thing leads to another and what began as a quick overnight trip turns into a journey into her grandmother's past, and forces Ellen to reconsider her own life in the process.
This quick read is funny, charming, and not too predictable and would be enjoyed by fans of chick Lit, Nicholas Sparks or Mary Kay Andrews.
Recommended by Priscilla Garvin