The Union Street Bakery Book Club Kit

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The Union Street Bakery is the official August 2015 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.

A copy of the book The Union Street Bakery sits on a table.

Welcome to the August event of the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers!

This month I’m pleased to welcome you to the discussion for The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor.

I was drawn in by the adorable cover of this book and the thought of the story being set inside a bakery.

One of my first jobs in high school was working the counter of a local bakery and producing hot apple pies which were our most popular item.

I wasn’t expecting the touches of historical fiction and haunted ghosts elements of the book at all, but they were an interesting surprise.

I also didn’t realize the book was the first in a series.

I was relieved to discover that the story stands on its own which makes it still a great pick for a book club and then those who are drawn into the characters can continue on with the next books if they wish.

I know I definitely want to check out the follow up story Sweet Expectation soon!

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    What is The Union Street Bakery About?

    “Suddenly without a job or a boyfriend, Daisy now lives in the attic above her family’s store, the Union Street Bakery, while she learns the business.

    It doesn’t help that, as the only adopted daughter, her relationship with her sisters has never been easy.
    When an elderly customer dies, Daisy is surprised to inherit a journal from the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie.

    As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family—and her own heritage—than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, who beckons Daisy to “find her,” she is compelled to explore the past more deeply.
    What she finds are the answers she has longed for her entire life.”

    Read more details here.

    The Union Street Bakery Discussion Questions

    I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.

    You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!

    Question 1:

    What did everyone think of this month’s book: The Union Street Bakery??

    See the discussion here.

    Question 2:

    Family connections were very important to the plot line of our book, are you interested in genealogy? Have you ever researched your family’s lineage? How far back can you trace your family tree?

    See the discussion here.

    Question 3:

    Each of the sisters had their special talent in helping run the bakery, which one would you most identify with? Would you prefer to manage the business, be the baker, or help the customers & do the marketing?

    See the discussion here.

    Question 4:

    If you owned a bakery, what would be your signature item for sale?

    See the discussion here.

    Question 5:

    How did you feel about the ghosts that haunted the bakery as a plot point? Did they add to or distract from the book?

    See the discussion here.

    Question 6:

    Daisy tells Margaret that she was turning down a “Smithsonian level” job to stay and help run the family business — meaning, her ultimate dream job. What would be YOUR Smithsonian level dream job?

    See the discussion here.

    Question 7:

    The McCrae family has their ups and downs with getting along and running their bakery. Could you work with your family to own and operate a small business?

    See the discussion here.

    Question 8:

    Daisy and Gordon’s relationship didn’t survive their corporate job priorities. Do you think they have a second chance now that they are both in different lines of work?

    See the discussion here.

    Book Club Party Menu

    For a book club book all about a bakery, be ready with some coffee or tea and serve your friends a buffet of desserts!

    Mix and match chocolate brownies with fruity apple crisp bars. Serve pretty vanilla cupcakes or a fancy French lemon meringue tart (that is easier to make thank you think!)

    The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor: book club discussion guide

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