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The Recipe Box
By: Viola Shipman
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 3/20/2018
My Rating: 5 Stars Bestselling, beloved author of The Charm Bracelet spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life. Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.
When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life―including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.
As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and #NetGalley for an advance reading copy.
"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." ―Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"The Recipe Box is as tantalizing as apples baking in butter and cinnamon, enlivening the senses in a way that reminds us that the heart never forgets where it belongs." ―Laura Lane McNeal, author of Dollbaby
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About the Author
VIOLA SHIPMAN is a penname for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing.
Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. He is the author of The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest. Read More