Daily Archives: March 30, 2013

Jump into Spring with a Book Giveaway!

From my previous reviews, we know I have an affection for books about food, primarily books about bake shops. Well, since I haven’t held one of these contests in years, I thought “what better way to start off Spring than with something as sweet as a book about family, baking and sweets?


Just fill out this form by April 14th for your chance to win a copy of Mary Ellen Taylor’s Union Street Bakery. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. Only 1 entry per person, and please spread the word!

To entice you further…here are a few of the goodies from the book:

Mary Ellen Taylor Carrot Cake.jpg Carrot Cake

Mary Ellen Taylor Expresso Tort.jpg Espresso Tort (Yum!)

Book Synopsis
Mary Ellen Taylor’s passions include writing, baking and family, all of which intertwine in THE UNION STREET BAKERY, a Berkley Trade Paperback Original on sale February 5th, 2013. In it, Taylor introduces Daisy McCrae, who’s returned to Alexandria’s Old Town after losing her boyfriend, her job and most of her money, and is once again living above her family’s bakery and ignoring the whispers of an amiable spirit who shares the attic rooms.

With her parents no longer able to run the bakery, Daisy’s doing her best to keep the 160-year-old family business afloat and to manage her less than perfect relationships with her sisters. Rachel, widowed thirteen months ago, lives in the shop’s second floor apartment with her five-year-old twin girls. She’s been shouldering the load since their father’s heart attack and reluctant retirement. An extraordinary baker, she has no head for business. Their sister Margaret and her almost-Ph.D. in archaeology have returned to the store as well, though with a definite lack of punctuality and enthusiasm.

In THE UNION STREET BAKERY Mary Ellen Taylor brings together history, contemporary concerns and the stuff of legends as she explores how family relationships, loyalties, and love shape the present, and the role the past plays in determining the future.