Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful thursday and everything else! Gretchen wants to know what you thought of all of the dog commercials during the Super Bowl, but I want to talk about dogs, magic, baking and books!
Two different authors stumbled upon a great recipe for a cozy series. You take a bakery, add some magic, a sassy, smart terrier, a couple of hunky (human!) men, well-meaning family, and voila! Each series also has a firefighter or two in it, so seriously… what’s not to love?!
Naturally, after just finishing Pride and Prejudice, I jumped into Pies and Prejudice, the first book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, another series by Ellery Adams. Just look at the cute cuss, Charleston Chew, aka: Chewy! What else do you need to know?!
Ella Mae LaFaye heads home after catching her husband red-head-handed, and opens a pie shop with her mom and aunts as not so silent partners. Of course, heading home means lots of conflict with her childhood nemesis and finding an old flame or two. You can see the magic in the pies on the cover art, but you’ll have to read the book to figure it out!
#2 in the series is Peach Pies and Alibis, and #3 is already out… but my librarian hasn’t sent it to me yet. Think Steel Magnolias meets Charmed… in a pie shop, with a firefighter who also owns the local doggy daycare. (Oh Gretchen… I think Chewy wants you to attend school with him…)
In the same but different vein comes The Lightfoot Chronicles by Bailey Cates, starting with Brownies and Broomsticks. Don’t be fooled by Honeybee the cat on the cover; the reader quickly meets Mungo, a black Cairn terrier who adopts Katie Lightfoot when she ditches her former fiance and moves to Savannah to open a bakery with her aunt and uncle. Her uncle’s a retired fire chief, but her aunt is a hedgewitch… not that Katie knows that before we all find out as the story unfolds. Of course, her uncle has a favorite firefighter about Katie’s age… but Katie also is drawn to a local reporter…
I devoured book #2 in this series too. Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti is heavy on the magic, but most of the witches have pet familiars, so Mungo and Honeybee have play dates with a parrot and a Great Dane too. If you aren’t comfortable with magic as a rather real part of life (and the plot!) this series definitely isn’t for you, but it’s really no darker than MacBeth and the three witches.
Both series also feature some tempting recipes at the end of each book. Have you ever used a recipe from a work of fiction?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give thanks for the Knight and his knack for finding things I can’t put my hands on… and they’re usually somewhere I’d already looked (and looked right over them, somehow). I’m also grateful for the very devoted DIVA who paces with me when I’m a little manic, and for the sweet little snuggler always waiting for me to be still long enough for her to help soothe me.
And I can’t thank you enough. Friends both near and far have been so very supportive, and it means more than I can say. I’m pretty sure I’ve never been so tardy with thank you notes, but what’s truly special about my friends and family is you know that and I don’t even need to apologize for falling off the Emily Post wagon. I am blessed, and I know it.