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The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

book | Fiction | 2016
US & Canada → Viking (Ed. Pamela Dorman)

Selected as August 2016 Indie Next title

A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home — and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking

When Olivia Rawlings — pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club — sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of — the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country’s longest-running contra dance, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts.

Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, uberenthusiastic dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn’s property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie. She soon uncovers the real reason she has been hired — to help Margaret reclaim the inn’s blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest.

With the joys of a fragrant kitchen, the sound of banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door, Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small town life. And when she meets Martin McCracken, the Guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought.

But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee — or stay and finally discover what it means to belong. Olivia Rawlings may finally find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected — it could be even better.


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The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is a soup-to-nuts treat.  If only Livvy Rawlings  could move her whisks and mixing bowls into your own kitchen to work the magic Louise Miller spins throughout these scrumptious pages.

Mameve Medwed, author of How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved my Life and Of Men and Their Mothers

Genuine and sweet (with a pinch of salt), The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is a feast for the senses, for the head and the heart. With great warmth and generosity, Louise Miller brings a place and its lovable inhabitants to life. I adored this book; it made me want to dance. And eat.

Kate Racculia, author of Bellweather Rhapsody

This book comes with a warning: do not read while hungry. Absolutely charming and perfectly delicious, to be consumed with a large slice of apple pie or a chocolate macaroon. Bliss.

Natasha Solomons, author of The Song of Hartgrove Hall

Louise Miller knows that a great story is like a prize-winning apple pie—warm, full to the brim with character, and not too sweet.  Her descriptions of the Vermont countryside, the Sugar Maple Inn, and baker Livvy Rawling's desserts make you want to pack a bag and head out for a long weekend in New England.

Erica Bauermeister, author of The Lost Art of Mixing and The School of Essential Ingredients

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living takes a warm, fresh look at finding one's way and making new choices in life.  It was studded with satisfying nuggets of wisdom throughout, like dabs of butter in a homemade pie, every baker's - and writer's - secret ingredient of choice.

Ellen Airgood, author of South of Superior and The Education of Ivy Blake

I fell in love with the community of Guthrie, VT, the soul-healing landscape, the quirky characters, and the sumptuous desserts [Olivia] creates for them.

Juliette Fay, author of The Shortest Way Home and The Tumbling Turner Sisters
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With insight, warmth, and humor, Louise Miller describes life in a kitchen as only an experienced baker can -- A City Baker's Guide to Country Living is a magnificent debut.

J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Louise Miller's debut is like a walk in the Vermont woods on a sunny day: crisp, bright, colorful, soul-reviving....Delicious.

Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August

Compulsively readable, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is written with deep tenderness, resulting in a rare book that not only whets the appetite, but makes the heart a little more whole.

Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation

A saucy heroine, toasty setting, mouth-watering dishes, and a delightful sprinkling of quirky locals adds up to a delicious debut. I loved it!

Beth Harbison, the New York Times bestselling author of One Less Problem Without You

This book is super cozy.

Josie Adams
Bon Appetit

Throughout, the novel’s empathetic spirit and unhurried pace allow it to grapple with grief, family, and belonging (...)

Publishers Weekly
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Louise Miller is an actual pastry chef, and that's why her debut novel feels like sinking into a delicious genoise: beautifully light and rich... Comforting without being cozy, this is escapist fiction for those who want a quieter - and tastier - life.


[A] rich and warm romance... As homey as a slice of prized crumb apple pie.

Library Journal

Miller has a command of craft that makes some kitchen scenes as absorbing as an episode of The Great British Bake Off... [Her] visions of bucolic Vermont landscapes, cinnamon-scented kitchens and small-town friendliness make this reverie of country life an appealing one.

The New York Times

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