The City Baker's Guide to Country Living
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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  • Jen
    Oct 14, 2016


    A baker from Boston runs to Vermont and finds home. A great story that will leave you hungry and wanting to stay in this B&B in the incredibly small town of Guthrie. ...

  • Titinha Scaeiro
    Oct 14, 2016

    Titinha Scaeiro

    Gostei... Gostei... Uma boa surpresa! :) ...

  • Melissa
    Oct 10, 2016


    Small town life isn't always easy, especially when you're new in town and the subject of gossip. And when your hair color starts with "Manic Panic," you definitely stand out. That's what it's like for Livvy when she leaves Boston to stay with her best friend in Guthrie, Vermont. Soon s...

  • Margaret
    Oct 8, 2016


    3.5/5 This book begins with our protagonist, Olivia “Livvy” Rawlings, a talented young (age 32) pastry chef working in Boston, feeling a sudden need to relocate after an especially unpleasant series of events. While carrying a huge and flaming Baked Alaska at a large catered ...

  • Julie  Durnell
    Sep 28, 2016

    Julie Durnell

    I liked this sugary tale of a chef relocating from Boston to Vermont, with the foodie descriptions mouthwateringly good, the setting very picturesque, and the romance very predictable. ...

  • Lisa
    Sep 25, 2016


    The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is the literary equivalent of Gilmore Girls. It's a charming, compelling feast for the soul. ...

  • Dana
    Sep 23, 2016


    3.5. A cozy little Fall foodie book...although a little on the sweet side. I took this book on a trip to the mountains last week and it was perfect for reading by the lake, watching the leaves fall around me and smelling woodsmoke as I read about apple pie and Thanksgiving in Vermont. ...

  • Michelle Hoover
    Sep 19, 2016

    Michelle Hoover

    A Boston bakery chef sets fire to her place of employment in the opening pages and flees to Vermont for salvation, only to find herself caught up in the dog-eat-dog world of pie baking contests. How much better can a story get? But this novel goes further, wrapping us in layers of nost...

  • Malia
    Sep 18, 2016


    This book was just what the doctor ordered after a number of dark mysteries and psychological thrillers! It's a lovely summer read with likeable characters and did I mention there's pie? Boston baker, Livvy, makes a reluctant move to the Vermont countryside, where she takes up a positi...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Sep 15, 2016

    Rebecca Foster

    A perfect book for autumn. When Olivia Rawlings, the protagonist of pastry chef Louise Miller’s debut novel, arrives in Guthrie, Vermont one September, it’s with a weight of guilt and rumor behind her. She left Boston’s Emerson Club in ignominy after setting the place on...