My January Reading Schedule was full when I was invited to review this book but I hope I can squeeze it in somewhere soon.
The View from Prince Street:
2nd in Series
Contemporary Woman’s Fiction
The Berkley Publishing Group (January 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Paperback: 352 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00W2ZKJWA
The author of The Union Street Bakery and At the Corner of King Street returns to Alexandria, Virginia, with a heartfelt tale of reconnection.
Rae McDonald was fifteen when a car accident took her sister’s life and threw her own into reckless turmoil. When she got pregnant a year later, she found a loving couple to adopt the child. Since then, she’s buried her grief and guilt under a heart of stone.
Lisa Smyth survived the fateful crash, but never told the truth about what happened. And when a family obligation draws her back to Alexandria, the weight of Lisa’s guilt grows heavier by the day.
As both women confront a past refusing to be forgotten, long-buried artifacts are discovered by the Shire Architectural Salvage Company that point to a shared history between families. Now, Rae and Lisa must finally ask themselves if denying the past is worth sacrificing the future.
“Taylor’s complex tale spans three families over two centuries and includes a dose of ancient magic, but the story remains grounded in fascinating history and emotional turmoil that is intense yet subtle. An intelligent, heartwarming exploration of the powers of forgiveness, compassion, and new beginnings.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The second book in Taylor’s Alexandria series completes the story started in the first novel, and everything wraps up beautifully. Continuing characters from the Union Street Bakery series provides richer depth to the narrative. Themes of family, letting go of the past, and owning up to mistakes breathes life and emotion into the tale.”—RT Book Reviews
About The Author
A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of her home state, Virginia, and its history is evident in the first of her contemporary women’s fiction, The Union Street Bakery. Its protagonists, the McCrae family, own the establishment, part of Alexandria’s Old Town for more than 150 years. They returned in Sweet Expectations. In both instances their stories intertwine with those of the city and the nation and with mysteries rooted in the past. While the McCraes are not the focus of Mary Ellen’s latest books, The View from Prince Street and At the Corner of King Street, she once again pulls past events into the present, sharing their impact on her characters and their lives.
Mary Ellen was born in Richmond and has spent most of her life there, but also lived in Alexandria for four years, which is when she fell in love with Old Town,the setting for all four of her novels. She grew up in a family that embraces stories of all kinds, from a well-told anecdote to a good yarn or a tall tale. It may have been inevitable that Mary Ellen would embrace her storytelling heritage, walk away from her job and challenge herself to become a published author.
In addition to writing, cooking and baking are important creative outlets for Mary Ellen and she’s been known to name recipes in honor of her characters. She recently earned her Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program. Her two passions –writing and baking–merged for the first time in The Union Street Bakery.
Another interest–issues related to adoption–also informs Mary Ellen’s work. Her daughter and grandmother are both adopted, and the families in all four of her books are touched in some way by the rewards, joys, challenges and questions accompanying the dynamics of being or having adopted a child.
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