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Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame

By Olivia Ford

8/10
(8/10)

364 pages

What’s it about? Jennifer Quinn has lived a quiet life for fifty-nine years with her husband Bernard.  Her greatest joys are Bernard and baking.  As she feels both she and Bernard aging, she yearns to do something only for herself.  She secretly applies to Britain Bakes and waits to see what will happen.  As much as she wants to be a part of the show- keeping a secret from Bernard is hard.  But she has one secret that she has always kept from Bernard… What did it make me think about? Is it ever too late to realize your dreams? Should I read it? Oh this was just a sweet story that made me want to curl up with a cup of tea and a slice of pound cake.  Of course the story within the story has a little bit of a twist to it- so maybe lemon pound cake….  If you enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce or Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson then this novel will appeal to you.  It is a story about love, relationships, aging, and regret.  If you want to read another great novel (about the backstory) then I highly recommend Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These.   Quote- “Jennifer Quinn had no idea that at the age of seventy-seven she would become a household name.”

What’s it about?

Jennifer Quinn has lived a quiet life for fifty-nine years with her husband Bernard.  Her greatest joys are Bernard and baking.  As she feels both she and Bernard aging, she yearns to do something only for herself.  She secretly applies to Britain Bakes and waits to see what will happen.  As much as she wants to be a part of the show- keeping a secret from Bernard is hard.  But she has one secret that she has always kept from Bernard…

What did it make me think about?

Is it ever too late to realize your dreams?

Should I read it?

Oh this was just a sweet story that made me want to curl up with a cup of tea and a slice of pound cake.  Of course the story within the story has a little bit of a twist to it- so maybe lemon pound cake….  If you enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce or Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson then this novel will appeal to you.  It is a story about love, relationships, aging, and regret.  If you want to read another great novel (about the backstory) then I highly recommend Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These.  

Quote-

“Jennifer Quinn had no idea that at the age of seventy-seven she would become a household name.”

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