The Recipe Box: A Novel by Viola ShipmanThe Recipe Box: A Novel by Viola Shipman

The Recipe Box: A Novel

byViola Shipman

Hardcover | January 25, 2019

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"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." -Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"An easy, delightful novel" -Good Housekeeping

In The Recipe Box, bestselling beloved author Viola Shipman spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family's orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life-including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for award-winning memoirist Wade Rouse. His novels, including The Charm Bracelet, The Hope Chest, The Summer Cottage, and The Heirloom Garden, have been translated into over a dozen languages and become international bestsellers. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People, Good Housekeeping and ...
Title:The Recipe Box: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.61 × 6.41 × 1.19 inShipping dimensions:9.61 × 6.41 × 1.19 inPublished:January 25, 2019Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250146771

ISBN - 13:9781250146779


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Read This was a disappointment for me, after reading and loving The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest, The Recipe Box fell short. It fell short in the execution the stories felt like they were resolved too easily. We were barely introduced to a difficult moment or decision, and then BAM, it was resolved and we were moving on. It lacked depth and the dialogue didn't seem natural to me. The themes of history, got to the point where I began skipping over the excessive and moved on to the far more interesting parts. Sam, the main character, was weak and unlikeable , just not like Shipman’s characters from previous books. Overall the concept of the story was lovely, the idea of a recipe box passed down from generation to generation. It was a ‘sweet treat’. You can appreciated that the characters all had different experiences to the recipes, that the box and its tradition saw them through happy and difficult times. There was both good and bad with the book, just not as heartfelt or precious as his other stories.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enriching novel The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is set in Bayview Points, Michigan. Samantha "Sam" Nelson is working at Dimples Bakery in New York when her boss, Chef Dimples goes too far and she quits. She has had enough of his attitude and taking credit for her work. Sam grew up in Bayview Points on her families' orchard, Mullins Pie Pantry and U-Pick. The orchard is having its hundredth birthday this summer and her grandmother, Willo is turning seventy-five. There will be a big party in honor of the two events. Sam heads home for the summer and works in the pie pantry alongside her mother, Deana and grandmother. When Sam was thirteen, she was given a handcrafted recipe box that matches grandmother's and her mother's. Inside are the family recipes that have been passed down from mother to daughter. While working alongside them and using the family recipes, she learns about their past, her family history, how the orchard came to be and her love for baking. She also learns that the right man that will complement her has been there all along if she just opens her heart. Join Sam on a journey through the past that will help her have a bright, happy future. The Recipe Box is a charming novel. I thought it was well-written and had a steady pace. Ms. Shipman has a conversational writing style that has an ease to it (makes for an easy to read story that is engaging). The author provided beautiful descriptions of the area, the orchard, the people and the baked goods (recipes included). I loved the characters in the story with Willo being my favorite. I appreciated the strong, intelligent female characters. There are great interactions between the women. Life lessons are included in The Recipe Box which include know yourself and be true to yourself. It is important to live a life without regrets. The Recipe Box is a feel-good novel. There is a predictable element, but it did not hinder my enjoyment. I like a book that gives me a good, heartwarming feeling inside and leaves me with a smile on my face when I am done reading it. I look forward to this author's next book.
Date published: 2018-05-15

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Recipe Box"An easy, delightful novel" -Good Housekeeping"Shipman's (The Charm Bracelet; The Hope Chest) multigenerational creation skillfully layers the triumphs and struggles of each family member with recurring adages proven true no matter the era. She presents a thoroughly enchanting story of strength and resilience that love provides in families. Numerous recipes and delicious descriptions will further entice readers to try their hand at baking" -Library Journal"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." -Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Shipman has sensitively crafted another tender, deeply resonant novel that readers can savor." -Shelf Awareness"Shipman's charming stories remind us how family recipe collections link generations and spark our fondest memories. Treasure them!" -Julee Rosso, author of The Silver Palate Cookbook"The Recipe Box is as tantalizing as apples baking in butter and cinnamon, enlivening the senses in a way that reminds us that the heart never forgets where it belongs." -Laura Lane McNeal, author of Dollbaby"This heartwarming story of family and food will appeal to fans of gentle, intergenerational women's fiction." -BooklistPraise for Viola Shipman"A graceful, moving, emotionally impactful read." -Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in The Rain"[The Hope Chest] demonstrates the enduring power of love and kindness...a good choice for fans of gentle, heartwarming fiction." -Booklist"Saugatuck, MI, springs to life in this nostalgic, gentle story of lifelong love along." -Library Journal"Rich in character and story, The Charm Bracelet is utterly charming!" -Debbie Macomber, NYT bestselling author"A rare jewel." -Adriana Trigiani, NYT bestselling author"Readers will be charmed." -Good Housekeeping