The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor
I don’t want to let go of these characters; I wish there was a third book to read. I see so much love in these characters. I see a willingness to accept one another and work things out. Especially in book two, I see a willingness to reach out with their love and enfold others.
When Daisy is three years old, her mother abandoned her at the Union Street Bakery. She was adopted by the loving people that owned and ran the bakery. Daisy is now 34 and just lost her job with an investment firm; a job that she thought would provide security. The investment firm made some risky investments and lost a lot of money in the economic downturn. The firm’s reputation is making it difficult for Daisy to find another job. Her parents have retired from the bakery. Her sister, Rachel, and her husband were running the bakery but he died suddenly. Her family really needs her at the bakery. With mixed feelings Daisy goes back to working at the bakery and living in the attic apartment above the bakery.
On her first day back at the bakery, an older woman from their neighborhood brings a historical journal for Daisy. There is a mystery to be solved with this journal and it seems to have special significance for Daisy.
Her mom is encouraging her to find out more about her birth mother, believing it will help her to find some peace. To help her understand the importance of why she needs to do this, she tells her about her first day of preschool. Daisy was 3 1/2 and when her mom turned to leave that day, Daisy panicked and grabbed her legs and started crying. Daisy’s mom ended up sitting in the hall outside the classroom and the teacher agreed to leave the door open so Daisy could see her there. Daisy’s mom sat there the whole time she was in class and she did that for four days until Daisy had stopped checking for her.
Sweet Expectations by Mary Ellen Taylor
I am giving away a little bit of the story but in this book Daisy finds out that she is pregnant. As in the previous book, there are spirits urging Daisy to bring answers to the present. In this book, the woman is Jenna. Jenna worked in the bakery in the 1940s. My favorite part of the book was Daisy’s search to find answers as to what happened to Jenna and the people she meets in the process. Daisy finds out that some people refer to her sister as The Seeker. Daisy would not be able to solve this mystery without her sister Margaret’s help and Margaret’s connections.
Reading this gave me a greater appreciation for the art of baking. I believe this also happens for Daisy and how she sees Rachel.
Over the course of the two books I see Daisy’s family as become more bonded, more appreciative of the gifts each brings.
The family works hard to keep the bakery going. I find myself being drawn to books like that. Perhaps it is part of my desire to work with others toward a common goal.
I found much to like in these books. If you read them, I hope you do too.
Blessings to you.