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The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman #BookReview @viola_shipman #MothersDay

Final Mother’s Day post! Hope everyone had a fantastic day๐Ÿ’•

This is a review for a book that I got for my own mom for Mother’s Day, it was such a delightful book filled with family and yummy recipes… that I am hoping she will attempt and send my way!๐Ÿ˜‡

The Recipe Box

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

*4.5 Delicious Stars ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5


Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and in their 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.


4.5 Delicious Stars ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

This was such a charming read… filled with love, family, and food… each chapter starts off with a recipe… a recipe that sounds absolutely delicious… that is why my mom is getting a copy of this book for Motherโ€™s Day, she needs to try out these recipes… she is a stellar Baker (just in case sheโ€™s reading this I want to butter her up)

Sam grew up in northern Michigan on her familyโ€˜s orchard, always longing for the big city…. there are so many books with this theme… and as somebody who grew up in the โ€œbig cityโ€œ I think it would be quite lovely to live in one of these charming places I so often read about… I guess the grass is always greener and all that…. so Sam realizes her dream and gets a job as a chef in NYC… but when it turns out her boss is a fraud, she returns home, feeling like a failure…. but will she finally see the magic in the family orchard?

Sam was a lovely character and she was surrounded by her mother and grandmother, both very strong and delightful women…. and I have to say Grandma Willow was my absolute favorite…. she just had so much heart and spirit, a grandma everyone would want…. I just loved the interaction between these women and the other family members, you could just feel the love between all of them…. I think that is what I found so enjoyable about this book, there was just so much love… Love for family… love for their orchard… love for food… and there was even some romance in this book… and I have to say Angelo was pretty delicious as well…

Something I want to mention that I found terribly interesting… is that this book was written by a man…. using the pen name of Viola Shipman… I would have never guessed in a million years, major props to you for that… always impressed when an author writes from the opposite sexes point of view and does it well as in this case….

Absolutely recommend to people who enjoy a lovely read filled with fun, food, and family…

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this lovely book, and shame on me for taking so darn long to get to it ***

๐Ÿฅ‚ berit ๐Ÿ’›


We are Berit and Vicci... two girls from different parts of the world who were brought together by Goodreads and a love of all things books ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ“š

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