"Life Can Turn on a Dime"
Reviewed by Susan Dyer
Posted June 12, 2013
Contemporary Women's Fiction | Romance
THE UNION STREET BAKERY by Mary Ellen Taylor is the story of
McCrae. Daisy was left at the bakery by her mother when
she was three
years old. The family took her in and she became one of
mother just left her there with a plate of cookies and told
her to be good.
What kind of a mother can do that to her child? Will Daisy
ever learn the
truth as to why her mother just turned her back on her and
walked out the
door? Daisy lives a good life with her new family and tries
to forget what
her mother did to her all those years ago. Not so easy to
Fast forward to Daisy in adulthood. She has been fired from
her job, broke
up with her boyfriend, and is now living in the family attic
above the bakery.
She has come home to regroup and help out her sister Rachel,
husband Mike has passed away. He worked in the bakery with
ever since he died the bakery has been going downhill.
While never feeling
like a real McCrae, Daisy can not turn her back on her
family even though
at times she can't help but feeling trapped and wanting to
run as fast as she
The history that you learn about in THE UNION STREET BAKERY
happens during the Civil War. One of the customers, Mabel,
leaves a diary
for Daisy before she passes away. Daisy's sister, Margaret
who is a
historian, helps Daisy learn about the young slave girl,
Susie who wrote it.
She also learns about her own heritage as well as the
McCraes. It will all
come together for her in the end and along the way you will
be pulled right
in with this family.
THE UNION STREET BAKERY is book one in a new trilogy set in
Town Alexandria, Virginia. The talks between Daisy and her
McCrae are at times, heart breaking. She is so torn between
birth mother and staying loyal to Sheila. I found myself so
caught up in this
family's lives and turning the pages late into the night.
You will not be able
to put this book down until you turn the very last page. As
a bonus, Mary
Ellen has included some of the recipes from the bakery. I
can't wait to read
more by Ms. Taylor.
Life can turn on a dime. It’s a common cliché, and I’d heard
it often enough. People die or move away. Investments go
south. Affairs end. Loved ones betray us...Stuff happens.
Daisy McCrae’s life is in tatters. She’s lost her job,
broken up with her boyfriend, and has been reduced to living
in the attic above her family’s store, the Union Street
Bakery, while learning the business. Unfortunately, the
bakery is in serious hardship. Making things worse is the
constant feeling of not being a “real” McCrae since she was
adopted as a child and has a less-than-perfect relationship
with her two sisters.
Then a long-standing elderly customer passes away, and for
some reason 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, who
beckons Daisy to “find her,” she is compelled to look
further into the past of the town and her family.
What she finds are the answers she has longed for her entire
life, and a chance to begin again with the courage and
desire she thought she lost for good.
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