Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Sweet Expectations by Mary Ellen Taylor (CLOSED)

***Congratulations to Traveler, winner of the giveaway!!! Thanks to all who entered!

Title: Sweet Expectations 
Author: Mary Ellen Taylor 
Series: Union Street Bakery Novel, #2
Published: November 2013, Berkley Trade
Format: ARC e-book, 352 pages 
Source: Netgalley via publisher


Daisy McCrae knows that change can be sudden—and devastating. And while it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, change has the power to turn your whole world upside down....

Running the family bakery and living in the store’s attic might not be Daisy’s dream life, but she’s beginning to understand what being content feels like. And then she gets some unexpected news. In one moment, Daisy’s calm existence turns into chaos. Now she’s struggling to keep it together, especially with renovations at the bakery spiraling out of control.

But when a box of recipes and mementos is found hidden behind a wall in the bakery, Daisy suddenly has something to cling to—a mystery that echoes her own troubles and gives her the opportunity to figure out what she really wants out of life....

My thoughts: This is the second book in Mary Ellen Taylor's Union Street Bakery series but the first that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I felt that it worked well as a stand-alone but I will definitely be going back to read the first one, just because I feel like it!

In this installment of the series, while Daisy and her sister Rachel are renovating the family bakery, they  each find themselves trying to find their new selves - Daisy's life has been turned upside down yet again with some unexpected news and Rachel is trying to adjust to her new life as a single mom. In the midst of the renovations, they find a box of recipes hidden in the wall and so unravels the mystery to figure out who the box belonged to.

As the box was discovered, I wondered if the story was going to be told using the dual-narrative time technique and I was actually glad it wasn't. I felt that in this case, it wasn't needed. The history that Daisy and her sisters dug up, the stories that the people Daisy spoke with all gave the necessary back story to help solve the mystery about who the recipe box belonged to quite nicely. I even enjoyed the ghost aspect, despite not really being a fan of the paranormal!

I can't wait to go back and read Union Street Bakery and will certainly be giving the recipes that are included in this book a try - I love when authors include some of the recipes they mention in the story!!! And I really do hope this is not the last we've seen of Daisy and the Union Street Bakery...I would love to visit with these characters some more!

Be sure to come back tomorrow when Mary Ellen Taylor visits to talk about her novel and share some of her recipes with us.

Books in this series:
  1. Union Street Bakery
  2. Sweet Expectations

GIVEAWAY DETAILS - (CLOSED) (US & Canada only) 
Thanks to Joan and Deb at
Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting I have one copy of Sweet Expectations to give away to my readers.  

To enter… 

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway. (For fun - if you enjoy baking, tell us what your favorite recipe is - mine is applesquares!)
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
  • ***Please include email address so I can contact you if you win.***
This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only and ends November 22nd.  

Good luck!
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24 comments

  1. The cover alone makes me want to dive right in with a cup of hot chocolate. I am not a great baker but love to make pineapple banana muffins (recipe on my blog). my email is tanya (at) momssmallvictories (dot) com. thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Wonderful giveaway which is enticing. I bake brownies and they are delectable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. The book sounds captivating. Lemon squares are a baked goodie I enjoy making. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. I love to make pies and cookies but haven't have time lately because I have been reading so much. My favorite pie is simple, peaches on the bottom and then a layer of blueberries on top wth the juices dripping down making the peaches sparkle with red marbling.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. I tweeted:http://t.co/zwUS9MDuP5

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. I totally love baking but my favorite is a no--bake recipe: Chocolate Unbaked Oatmeal Cookies. I think I need to go make some now :)

    Ingredients:

    3 cups rolled oats
    1 cup coconut
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 cup butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla


    Unbaked Chocolate Cookies
    Directions:

    Mix rolled oats, coconut, cocoa and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.

    Mix sugar, milk and butter together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.

    Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix.

    Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper and let cool.

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  7. would love to read this series!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    oh & i do not cook and/or bake.....but i love to eat!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  8. shared on my FB wall:

    www.facebook.com/cyn209

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  9. I would say Chocolate Chip Cookies and Apple Crisp (with double the topping of course, lol).

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. I tweeted the giveaway: https://twitter.com/WendyNewcomb/status/400806688954925056

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I shared on my blog: http://www.wrensthoughts.blogspot.com/p/contests-and-giveaways-good-luck.html

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. I like to make cupcakes and my favorite so far is a Vegan Mocha Espresso cake with Maple buttercream.
    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MeghanStith/status/400830384427917313

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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  13. There's a Pinterest recipe for Apple pie cheesecake bars that is delicious. It takes a long time to make, but it's always a huge hit.

    Mcstone84 at gmail dot com

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  14. Red Velvet cake!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  15. Oh so tricky getting comments on two posts for the same book. Well done! Personally I love all desserts, chocolate, fruit, candy, bring it on!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. Of course I have an email, but I forgot to leave it: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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  17. A recipe box from the 1930s sounds intriguing. Thanks for the book giveaway on the other post.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  18. Thanks for hosting this terrific giveaway, Kristin! The book sounds fabulous.

    Felicia's recipe sounds wonderful! As for me, I like to bake madelines from time to time.

    I will post this in my blog's sidebar. Thanks again! :)

    suko95(at)gmail(dot) com

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  19. I love making brownies! nodonahue at gmail

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  20. So many recipes...LOL. But my favorite is a 3 layer fudge cake made with buttermilk and bittersweet chocolate and topped with a bittersweet ganache.

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  21. Did you need my email?

    patoct@yahoo.com

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  22. Love to make apple pie.
    pattyb43coral@gmail.com

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  23. I love to make banana pudding with real whipped cream.
    Cuzie Dawn
    DLMartin54@gmail.com

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  24. I love to make pineapple upside down cake.
    gmapeony@yahoo.com

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