“I guess that’s the lesson in all of this-not to be eighty years old, looking back on your life, wondering if you made the right choice or how your life might have been different if you’d done one thing and not another.”
Just before Ellen’s grandmother Ruth died, she asked her to deliver a letter for her. Next, Ellen Branford, the successful Manhattan layer engaged to even more successful Hayden, travels to Beacon Maine the smallest town she has ever been to, to meet the mysterious Chet Cummings and deliver him her grandmother’s last words. However, delivering a simple letter is not an easy task as she thought. Ellen discovers new interesting facts about her grandmother’s past no one in the family ever heard of. Apparently, Ruth was a local celebrity and as eighteen-year-old won a contest for the best painting. Ellen discovers Ruth’s works and reveals the secret her grandmother kept for sixty years.
Although Ellen stayed in Beacon more than she planned to learn more about her grandmother’s history, she also begins to learn about herself. After meeting Roy Cummings, Chet’s nephew, she discovers new passions and new goals. She doesn’t see herself coming back to her old life because Beacon made her a completely new woman she never knew existed in her. She can’t see any other way than to settle down in this beautiful small town, open a café and bake homemade blueberry pastries. If someone told her about this plans week ago, she wouldn’t believe it! Especially if she has a mind-blowing career, her fiancé is the most desired bachelor in NY and future senator, and tons of designer shoes.
Watching the quiet life and kind people in Beacon, Ellen get’s new perspective on her life and her values. She has to face some tough decisions about what kind of life she truly wants and what was the reason her grandmother sent her to Maine.
I love novel set in small towns. All the gossiping neighbors, a coffee shop owner who knows everyone’s special, a librarian you can spill your heart out to… So, cozy and relaxing. This novel was no exception. It was a quick, sweet and romantic read. Even very romantic, be aware! But, I don’t mind, sometimes a kind fairytale is what you need. As I was reading the book, I was thinking that it could turn into a Hallmark movie, and what I surprise it was when I discovered there’s actually a movie adaptation called The Irresistible Blueberry Farm. So, don’t expect crazy plot twist and a roller-coaster of emotion. Think of this novel as a cup of tea on a rainy day- warm, sweet and cozy.
“I’ll have a cup of coffee and one of your blueberry muffins.” She sighed and looked at me. “Your grandmother was such a good cook. Her blueberry muffins were extraordinary.”
“Yes, they were,” I said, and I was back on Steiner Street again, Gran and I taking muffins from her tins and placing them on a wire rack to cool, the smell of baked sugar hanging in the oven-warmed air, the muffin tops covered with rivers of blue where the berries had melted from the heat.”