Book Review: The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie

Posted August 29, 2022 by geograph in adult, fantasy, review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Magic of Lemon Drop PieThe Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden
Published by Penguin on August 2, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Magical Realism, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Women
Pages: 352
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

“Heartfelt, heartwarming, joyful, and uplifting. You can't go wrong with a Rachel Linden book.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

An uplifting novel about a heartbroken young pie maker who is granted a magical second chance to live the life she didn’t choose. . . . from the bestselling author of The Enlightenment of Bees.
Lolly Blanchard's life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother’s tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant in order to keep her family’s struggling Seattle diner afloat and care for her younger sister and grieving father. Now, a decade later, she dutifully whips up the diner’s famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining for all she's lost.  
As Lolly’s thirty-third birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift—three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. What if her mom hadn’t passed away? What if she had opened her own restaurant in England? What if she hadn’t broken up with the only man she's ever loved? Surprising and empowering, each experience helps Lolly let go of her regrets and realize the key to transforming her life lies not in redoing her past but in having the courage to embrace her present.

This is about a Lolly, who gets three lemon drops that let her live three different possible lives, an idea I am OBSESSED with. It’s chick lit with magical realism, exploring the possibilities of three different Roads Not Taken, and of course it’s full of heartache. Readalikes: any cozy mystery taking place at a restaurant, PALM SPRINGS, lemon meringue pie (the dessert). Four stars.

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