The Baker's Man by Jennifer Moorman
What happens when you make a man out of dough?
In her enchanting, award-winning novel, bestselling author Jennifer Moorman invites you to a whimsical southern, small town of Mystic Water where magic floats on every breeze and is baked into every cake. Moorman weaves the tale of a young woman whose grandmother’s secret—and the ancestry of her grandfather—are about to change her life forever.
Anna O’Brien is sure of three things: there’s nothing she can’t bake, life is sweeter with chocolate, and her dreams are better left unspoken—especially to her mother. For a while, Anna has been living her life according to the expectations of others, never stepping out of line, never following her heart. Her one consolation is continuing her grandmother’s legacy by running Bea’s Bakery.
When Anna’s long-term boyfriend decides to move across the country without her, she is forced to face an uncertain future. After a long night in the bakery with her best friend, Lily, Anna’s humdrum existence rockets out of control when she follows a mysterious recipe left behind by her grandmother and finds Elijah—a handsome stranger—baking donuts in her kitchen the next morning. Soon Anna is living in a world where she must deal with the repercussions of Elijah’s unexpected existence, while trying not to fall in love with “the dough boy.”
This should be subtitled the even more modern Prometheus, but without the horror or the icky bits.
I think this novel fits very nicely into cozy paranormal or chick lit magic, somewhere along the lines of Jenni Keer's stories. So if you enjoy those books then you'll love this one.
The story is magical, really well written, with wonderful characters, and beautiful imagery. The premise is unusual, but extremely intriguing, and the story line is reminiscent of a fairy tale. You'll have to suspend disbelief for a while, but it'll be well worth it.
I think I've found a new favourite author.