Fam­ily Sto­ries

When life gets tough, your kin al­ways come through.

Country Woman - - COME ON IN - RE­VIEWED BY KATE UNGER

The Recipe Box

by Vi­ola Ship­man

Be­com­ing a New York City pas­try chef is much harder than Sam ex­pected, so when she quits her job, she re­turns to the com­fort of her fam­ily’s Michi­gan or­chard. Her love of cook­ing be­gan with a box of recipes passed down through gen­er­a­tions, but now Sam must de­cide what she truly wants for her fu­ture. Each chap­ter of this touch­ing story cen­ters on a recipe—and a slice of fam­ily his­tory.

Lit­tle Bro­ken Things

by Ni­cole Baart

Quinn re­ceives a late-night text from her es­tranged sis­ter, Nora, ask­ing for a favor, and winds up car­ing for a young girl named Lucy, who she sus­pects is Nora's daugh­ter. In this per­fect blend of fam­ily drama and sus­pense, keep­ing Lucy safe, and se­cret, proves to be next to im­pos­si­ble.

Dream­ing in Choco­late

by Su­san Bishop Crispell Pene­lope and her mother, Sabina, run an un­usual choco­late shop. Ev­ery­thing they sell is mag­i­cal, made from recipes shared by an ex­tra­or­di­nary apothe­cary ta­ble. When the magic fails to cure Pene­lope's ail­ing daugh­ter, Ella, she shifts her fo­cus to­ward ful­fill­ing Ella's fi­nal wishes. But one item on Ella’s bucket list proves tricky: mend­ing her mom's bro­ken heart. To do that, Ella wants Noah, Pene­lope’s old flame, to be her dad.

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