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The Late Bloomers' Club
- Narrated by: Emily Rankin
- Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small town's efforts to do right by the community, and the power of a lost dog to summon true love.
Nora, the owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, is perfectly happy serving up apple cider donuts, coffee, and eggs-any-way-you-like-em to her regulars, and she takes great pleasure in knowing exactly what's "the usual". But her life is soon shaken when she discovers she and her free-spirited, younger sister Kit stand to inherit the home and land of the town's beloved cake lady, Peggy Johnson.
Kit, an aspiring - and broke - filmmaker thinks her problems are solved when she and Nora find out Peggy was in the process of selling the land to a big-box developer before her death. The people of Guthrie are divided - some want the opportunities the development will bring, while others are staunchly against any change - and they aren't afraid to leave their opinions with their tips.
Time is running out, and the sisters need to make a decision soon. But Nora isn't quite ready to let go of the land, complete with a charming farmhouse, an ancient apple orchard and the clues to a secret life that no one knew Peggy had. Troubled by the conflicting needs of the town, and confused by her growing feelings towards Elliot, the big-box developer's rep, Nora throws herself into solving the one problem that everyone in town can agree on - finding Peggy's missing dog, Freckles.
When a disaster strikes the diner, the community of Guthrie bands together to help her, and Nora discovers that doing the right thing doesn't always mean giving up your dreams.
What the critics say
“Heartwarming, charming and utterly fascinating, The Late Bloomers' Club is a beautifully rendered peek behind the scenes of a small town, its community, and its mysteries. I adored this novel.” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End)
“The Late Bloomers’ Club is a downright delightful read.... It has everything you want from a small town summer read: sweetness, charm, and a side of romance.” (HelloGiggles)
“A transportive book, and one that activates the senses: the smell of cider donuts, the taste of elderberry juice, and corn in red-and-white cardboard boats drenched in butter and flecked with sea salt, and the summertime warmth of rural New England. ” (The Boston Globe)
“As warm and cozy as buttered brioche and tea next to the fireplace on a winter morning...will appeal to fans of Jan Karon’s 'Mitford' books and Jennifer Chiaverini’s 'Elm Creek Quilts' series.” (Library Journal)