Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Review: At The Corner of King Street

At the Corner of King StreetAuthor: Mary Ellen Taylor
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Berkley

The author of The Union Street Bakery presents a new novel about a woman searching for a fresh start—while unable to forget the past…

Adele “Addie” Morgan grew up in a house filled with pain and loss. Determined to live life on her own terms, Addie moves to the country and finds a job at a vineyard where she discovers stability, happiness, and—best of all—love with the kind owner, Scott.

But an unexpected call abruptly pulls Addie out of her new and improved life. Her sister has just given birth and Addie’s Aunt Grace wants her to return home to help the family—even if it means confronting things she’s tried so hard to forget.

When Addie arrives, she quickly realizes that she hasn’t truly let go of her former life, at least not completely. After making a surprising connection with her sister’s baby—and her sister’s ex-husband, Zeb—Addie must choose between her picture-perfect future with Scott and the family roots she thought she’d left behind for good…

Traveling into uncharted territory has an exotic, lovely sound to it.

The I-want-to-work-on-a-vineyard was officially exorcised, and I wanted my city life back.

No one really cares about glue. Until it’s gone and life falls apart. 

Having read Mary Ellen Taylor’s Union Street Bakery series before this one, I was of course expecting to love this new series just as much. Taylor has a very lyrical style of writing, but it is not too cliché and has just enough flow and rhythm to allow you to read quickly and be swept up in each of the character’s lives. The main character, Addie, was very easy to connect to. She was dealing with issues that were very believable for our society today and her character was well-written. She had several issues from her past that have found themselves suddenly reappearing in her future and this story tells how she deals with all of that. I have really been in the mood for a lot of mystery and historical fiction lately, and this book even added family secrets in amongst all the other things I so desperately love. Before each chapter, there was a brief flashback that allows readers to get a glimpse into Addie’s family and know a little bit about their past. I loved those parts so much!

I am a huge fan of Southern Fiction! I love books that take a tiny, sweet, quaint little town and set an entire series there. This book takes place in Alexandria, Virginia, which is not that far from my home state. I loved the setting and the cozy places where I was easily able to picture the characters and actually hear the well-written dialogue take place. I really enjoyed some of the secondary characters just as much as the main ones. This book is not connected to the Union Street Bakery series, meaning it is not necessary that you read those books first, but I highly suggest looking into Mary Ellen Taylor’s other series because it is just as fabulous as this one. Treat yourself with these cozy little reads this spring!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Berkley in exchange for my honest review*** 

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