Happy Tuesday one and all. …and one day closer to the weekend. I just recently finished the book,
and it was totally sweet, charming, and delightful.
For those of us who so liked Elizabeth Berg’s Arthur Truluv, this new book is such a bewitching and enthralling follow up. Some of our old favorites are back in this sequel where I was able to sit back, relax and fall once again into love with these wonderful characters, wishing I could be a member of their community, not to mention a participant in some of Lucille’s baking classes.
Lucille Howard is back with all her prickly self. She is teaching classes making scrumptious desserts while making people around her become filled with love and admiration for her, not only for her baking skills but also for the person she is. Armed with aprons and a plethora of scrumptious recipes, Lucille charms her students into moments of happiness, joy, and delicious cakes and cookies. Unfortunately though, Louise is old and she is anxious to once again be with her beloved Frank but she knows there is still work to be done before that happens.
Into her life comes Iris who eventually becomes an assistant to Lucile. Iris need this job and she is also in need of a friend. There is also a new family that has moved into the house next door who face some difficult issues. This new couple’s son, Lincoln, forms a bit of a bond with Lucille, as he faces a difficult future where his young life will be possibly changed.
Told with much style and grace, this story is peaceful. It is one where friendship and love is treasured, where value is placed on people, and where a community looks out for one another. It’s a place where we all would love to dwell. It is a book which warms your heart and makes you believe in miracles.
Thank you to Elizabeth Berg, Random House, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this delightful novel.
Some recipes from “Lucille”
Elizabeth Berg (born December 2, 1948) is an American novelist. Berg was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and lived in Boston prior to her residence in Chicago. She studied English at the University of Minnesota, but later ended up with a nursing degree. Her writing career started when she won an essay contest in Parents magazine. Since her debut novel in 1993, her novels have sold in large numbers and have received several awards and nominations, even though some critics have tagged them as sentimental. She won the New England Book Awards in 1997.
The three novels Durable Goods, Joy School, and True to Form form a trilogy about the 12-year-old Katie Nash, in part based on the author’s own experience as a daughter in a military family. Most recently, her essay “The Pretend Knitter” appears in the anthology Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, published by W. W. Norton & Company in November 2013. (Wikipedia)