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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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The Late Bloomers' Club
A Novel
By (author): Louise Miller
9781101981245 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Jul 23, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.07 x 7.77 x 0.58 in 352 pages Penguin Books
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

“You’ll want to linger.” -People

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 upended 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 over the sale—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.

But Nora isn’t quite ready to give up on Peggy’s legacy and sell the land—complete with a charming farmhouse, an ancient apple orchard and the clues to a secret life that no one knew Peggy led. Troubled by the tension, 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, or your chances for love.

Story Locale: Guthrie, Vermont

A WARM, FEEL-GOOD READ: Perfect for paperback, Miller’s books are just the kind of escapist read everyone is looking for these days—and ideal for book clubs, too!

REGIONAL FAVORITE: New England bookstores absolutely adore Louise Miller, as do bloggers, and we hope sales continue to build on the word-of-mouth from both City Baker and the hardcover of The Late Bloomers’ Club.

A LOVABLE, RELATABLE HEROINE: Nora is your best friend, your mom, and your smart older sister rolled into one—she’s grounded and reasonable, and cares deeply and selflessly about others. Readers will root for her while she tackles whether to sell or stay put.

ESCAPIST, SMALL-TOWN CHARM: Think Stars Hollow of Gilmore Girls: Miller returns to the charming town, where everyone knows each other and the close-knit community is full of eccentric and lovable characters.

A DOG, AND A ROMANCE: Like Salty in City Baker, here Freckles plays a part in instigating a relationship between two unlikely lovers.

Louise Miller is the author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. She is a pastry chef who lives, writes and bakes in Boston, MA. The Late Bloomers’ Club is her second novel.

Author Residence: Boston MA

Marketing: Social media and online promotion

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Publicity: New in paperback media attention

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Author Social Media:; Twitter, Instagram: @LouiseTheBaker

Praise for The Late Bloomers’ Club:

“Wonderful.” -USA Today (online)

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

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