The Late Bloomers' Club: A Novel
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"A downright delightful read. . . [with] everything you want from a small town summer read: sweetness, charm, and a side of romance." HelloGigglesA delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true loveNora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple cider donuts, coffee, and eggs-any-way-you-like-em to her regulars, and she takes great pleasure in knowing exactly what's "the usual." But her life is soon shaken when she discovers she and her free-spirited, younger sister Kit stand to inherit the home and land of the town's beloved cake lady, Peggy Johnson. Kit, an aspiring—and broke—filmmaker thinks her problems are solved when she and Nora find out Peggy was in the process of selling the land to a big-box developer before her death. The people of Guthrie are divided—some want the opportunities the development will bring, while others are staunchly against any change—and they aren't afraid to leave their opinions with their tips.Time is running out, and the sisters need to make a decision soon. But Nora isn't quite ready to let go of the land, complete with a charming farmhouse, an ancient apple orchard and the clues to a secret life that no one knew Peggy had. Troubled by the conflicting needs of the town, and confused by her growing feelings towards Elliot, the big-box developer's rep, Nora throws herself into solving the one problem that everyone in town can agree on—finding Peggy's missing dog, Freckles.When a disaster strikes the diner, the community of Guthrie bands together to help her, and Nora discovers that doing the right thing doesn't always mean giving up your dreams.
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A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true love

Nora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple cider donuts, coffee, and eggs-any-way-you-like-em to her regulars, and she takes great pleasure in knowing exactly what's "the usual." But her life is soon shaken when she discovers she and her free-spirited, younger sister Kit stand to inherit the home and land of the town's beloved cake lady, Peggy Johnson.
Kit, an aspiring—and broke—filmmaker thinks her problems are solved when she and Nora find out Peggy was in the process of selling the land to a big-box developer before her death. The people of Guthrie are divided—some want the opportunities the development will bring, while others are staunchly against any change—and they aren't afraid to leave their opinions with their tips.
Time is running out, and the sisters need to make a decision soon. But Nora isn't quite ready to let go of the land, complete with a charming farmhouse, an ancient apple orchard and the clues to a secret life that no one knew Peggy had. Troubled by the conflicting needs of the town, and confused by her growing feelings towards Elliot, the big-box developer's rep, Nora throws herself into solving the one problem that everyone in town can agree on—finding Peggy's missing dog, Freckles.
When a disaster strikes the diner, the community of Guthrie bands together to help her, and Nora discovers that doing the right thing doesn't always mean giving up your dreams.
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        Two sisters, beloved diner owner Nora and her short-on-cash filmmaker sibling, Kit, are inheriting the property of local cake-making legend Peggy. The town is divided on whether the sisters should sell the land to a big-box developer, which Nora opposes, but everyone wants to find Peggy's lost dog. Following The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, Miller's popular debut.

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        May 15, 2018
        Nora Huckleberry, born and raised in Guthrie, Vermont, is forced to consider life-altering decisions for herself and the town when she and her sister inherit a neighbor's property that was in the process of being sold to HG Corporation to build a big-box store.Nora grew up in the Miss Guthrie Diner her parents owned. When her mother died, she helped her father run the diner and mothered her younger sister, Kit. Now the diner is hers...along with all the responsibilities. When Kit, who'd left home for big city life, returns full of plans for the money she'll get from the sale of the 200 acres their neighbor, Peggy Johnson, surprisingly left to them, Nora can't help but contrast her life to Kit's. What are her dreams? Nora falls in love with the property despite the expenses and obligations that come with it. Then she gets a letter informing her that Peggy, the former owner, had been paying thousands of dollars a month to keep a mysterious woman named Elsie, who has Alzheimer's, living in the local nursing home. What kind of relationship did they have? To complicate matters, Nora is drawn to Elliot, HG's representative, and the feeling is mutual. How will this impact her decision not to sell the land? Despite the split in town over what some see as progress and others as the ruin of small-town charm, the solution is a good one for all. In this feel-good tale, characters are somewhat stereotypical, including the almost too-nice-to-be-real Nora. When Nora's dream falls into her lap, it isn't so much because she made it happen as because she stays true to her convictions and realizes she was already living her dream.Miller's (The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, 2016) second novel is comfort food and country charm with a happy ending.

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A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true love

Nora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple cider donuts, coffee, and eggs-any-way-you-like-em to her regulars, and she takes great pleasure in knowing exactly what's "the usual." But her life is soon shaken when she discovers she and her free-spirited, younger sister Kit stand to inherit the home and land of the town's beloved cake lady, Peggy Johnson.
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