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When is it okay to break a promise? Sixty years old and recently widowed, May MacAdams Wilson has spent the last three decades keeping a promise never to return to Mystic Water. But when May learns that her first love is dying, she must decide whether to break that promise or risk never getting to say good-bye to him. Finding May takes you on a journey of first loves, intense summer sun, moonlight kisses, and learning how to let go.
The Baker's Man
What happens when you make a man out of dough? This novel invites you to a whimsical little Southern town where magic floats on every breeze and is baked into every cake. The Baker's Man weaves the tale of a young woman whose grandmother’s secret—and the ancestry of her grandfather—are about to change her life forever.
Amazon Reviews for Finding May
Lauretta M. Scruggs 5.0 out of 5 stars It's Never Too Late for Love March 20, 2019 Visiting Mystic Water, NC, through Jennifer Noorman's novels is always a special treat, and the latest Mystic Water Novel Finding May is as engaging and uplifting as expected. In this novel, told largely in flashbacks to a magical summer 30 years ago, May meets Ollie, and they fall in love. May has a special gift of bringing light and warmth to those around her, and Ollie has lived in a dark, miserable marriage for many years. May is divorced after an abusive marriage, and Ollie is struggling with the idea of divorce and how it will affect his children. They both know they are not really free to be with each other, but their deep attraction continues to pull them together. Neither can deny the joy the other brings into their lives. Just when it seems it is possible there might be a chance for happiness for them, Ollie's angry, vengeful wife crashes into their lives, and her actions result in a terrible accident which changes everything. In Ollie's struggle to do what's right for his children, both their hearts are broken, and May leaves Mystic Water, vowing to never return. When a phone call comes begging May to return to Mystic Water to visit Ollie for what could be the last time, she doesn't know what to do. Will her heart be broken all over again, or is there still a chance for happiness? The answer lies in the finding the truth of what happened that summer in Mystic Water all those years ago.
Set in the small Southern town of Mystic Water, The Baker’s Man is full of Southern charm and excitement. It’s the debut sweet romance by Jennifer Moorman about an intelligent and independent young woman named Anna who is loyal to her friends and family. Despite her reservations, Anna is trying to decide if her very capable assistant Eli, who is deeply in love with her, is Mr. Right in spite of his origins. Anna does not fall in love at first sight, instead there’s an actual relationship that the reader can see develop over the course of the novel.
After college, Anna returns from New York and agrees to replace her deceased grandmother Beatrice as owner of her bakery. She discovers an unusual recipe her grandmother has left in a sealed box with instructions never to open. Anna’s curiosity leads her to open the forbidden box and the consequences are life changing.
“She stepped too close to him, and her senses were immediately overloaded. She smelled rosemary and cinnamon, spicy chocolate and melted sugar. Looking away from his clear blue eyes was difficult. Anna wanted to back away from the stranger in her kitchen, but a million invisible gossamer threads connected the two of them, tangled them, and wove them together. She sucked air, heady and sweet, into her lungs.”
Jennifer Moorman has written a modern-day fairy tale. It reminds me of a cozy Hallmark series like The Good Witch and of Alice Hoffman’s novels. The Baker’s Man is about ambition, self-discovery, and the pursuit of desires. Anna is a little further along in her journey towards independence than your average heroine — she is a business owner. Jennifer Moorman instills the adventure-seeking Anna with goals and aspirations beyond romance. She yearns to abandon her predictable small town life in return for the adventure of living on the beach. If you enjoy reading sweet romances, you will love The Baker’s Man.