The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

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The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden
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Published by Berkley on August 2, 2022
Genres: Magical Realism, Women's Fiction
Pages: 348

Audiobook Narrator: Katie Koster
Audiobook Length: 11 Hours and 57 Minutes

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Lolly Blanchard's life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother's tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant in order to keep her family's struggling Seattle diner afloat and care for her younger sister and grieving father. Now, a decade later, she dutifully whips up the diner's famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining for all she's lost.

As Lolly's thirty-third birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift--three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. What if her mom hadn't passed away? What if she had opened her own restaurant in England? What if she hadn't broken up with the only man she's ever loved? Surprising and empowering, each experience helps Lolly let go of her regrets and realize the key to transforming her life lies not in redoing her past but in having the courage to embrace her present.

What if you had the chance to do over three major events in your life? Would you?

I loved this book so much! It had a highly predictable ending, but I didn’t even care because it was the ending I wanted. This author drew so much out of me that I was bawling my face off for probably 5% of the book, all told.

I’d call this book A Christmas Carol, but with lemon drops instead of ghosts. The MC got a look at three major events in her life with the guidance of lemon drops. That was so clever. I mean, I’ve got such a book hangover that I want to just turn right around and read it again to see if I missed anything.

This is the first time I’ve read anything from this author, and I’ll definitely be seeking more. I feel smarter having looked up a few of the words she used. I had that good, healthy cry. This author is fantastic.



About Rachel Linden

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie, The Enlightenment of Bees, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, and Ascension of Larks. Currently Rachel lives with her family on a sweet little island near Seattle, WA where she enjoys creating stories about strong women facing big challenges, travel, food, and second chances at love. She promises her readers a happy, or at least very hopeful, ending and infuses each of her stories with a touch of magical realism.

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