What a welcome return and welcome escape to Guthrie, Vermont, home to The Sugar Maple Inn from The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, Miller's first novel. The Late Bloomers' Club turns the focus to town, the Miss Guthrie Diner, and Nora Huckleberry, born, raised, and destined it seems to stay in Guthrie. When local cake lady, Peggy Johnson, literally takes a turn for the worse, everything gets tossed upside down. Peggy's will designates Nora and her kooky sister Kit as heirs to her expansive property which a big-box store has had its eye on developing. The developer Eliot seems sweet and thoughtful, especially as he and Nora share a keen interest not just in making the best decision for town and property, but in locating Freckles, the dog that went missing when the cake lady hit the old oak tree. Sweet mysteries are baked into this charming and satisfying novel. And, the cake baking! I wish this novel was scratch-and-sniff because I could practically smell and taste that Burnt Sugar Cake.— Susan
About the Author
Louise Miller is the author of The City Baker's Guide to Country Living. She is a pastry chef who lives, writes and bakes in Boston, MA. The Late Bloomers' Club is her second novel.