The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller

The Late Bloomers' Club

A delightful novel about two headstrong sisters, a small-town's efforts to do right by their community, and the power of a lost dog to conjure up true loveNora, 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 younger, free-spirite...


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TitleThe Late Bloomers' Club
ISBN9781101981238
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Release DateJul 17th, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult
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Reviews The Late Bloomers' Club

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    1970-01-01
    If you have ever wanted books that felt like Gilmore Girls, Louise Miller is the author for you. From a small northeastern town, to town meetings, to quirky characters and magical romance, to food and small-town festivals, Guthrie is the perfect place to spend a reading afternoon.I don't read many books like this, I guess I'd call them "contemporary women" or dare I even say "chicklit" without the negative connotations. But I was drawn to Louise ...
  • Kate Olson
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Pamela Dorman Books for this free review copy!.One of my top books of the summer of 2018, and actually on my list of favorites of ALL of 2018! This was a heartprint book for me ~ I will love it forever and will recommend it over and over and over again, and it has earned a place front and center on the top of my living room bookshelf..Small town + FOOD + farms + sisters + a love interest + a BORDER COLLIE + a female character over the a...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    1970-01-01
    When Nora Huckleberry, owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner, inherits the house and land of "the cake lady" Peggy Johnson, it sends her life into a tailspin. The land is left to both her and her sister, Kit, an impetuous filmmaker perpetually out of money as she plans her next big project. To complicate things, Peggy had put into works a potential sale of her land to a big box retailer that could disrupt the small town feel of Guthrie, Vermont. And, t...
  • Debbie Hathaway
    1970-01-01
    This book touched my heart. It is a story of family, community, and discovery and brings back memories of living outside a very small town in South Dakota. It is full of unique and delightful characters that care for each other and their community. Nora finds out just how much she, her family, and her diner mean to the community when disaster strikes. It is a beautiful and warm tale of belonging, relationships, and not letting your dreams pass yo...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    What a welcome return and welcome escape to Guthrie, Vermont, home to The Sugar Maple Inn from THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, Miller's first novel. THE LATE BLOOMERS' CLUB turns the focus to town, the Miss Guthrie Diner, and Nora Huckleberry, born, raised and destined it seems to stay in Guthrie. When local cake lady, Peggy Johnson, literally take a turn for the worse, everything gets tossed upside down. Peggy's will designates Nora an...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    No sophomore slump here! This blend of comfort food, baking, heartwarming relationships, and small town life, along with dashes of artistic discovery and family interplay, yields a tasty and satisfying concoction. Grab a piece of cake and settle in for a very enjoyable read. (And, hey, the main character is much closer to 50 than 20, so that was a plus for me, too,)
  • Cass
    1970-01-01
    Small town. Charming characters. Food everywhere. Diner vibes. This book was made for me LOVE LOVE LOVE.
  • Donna Hines
    1970-01-01
    Louise Miller has done it again. This time with The Late Bloomer's Club.A touching story about Miss Guthrie's Diner owner -Nora- who was content in life till her sister Kit inherits Peggy Johnson's home and property (the beloved cake lady).Guthrie town folks are divided over the sale.Nora's not ready to give up just yet as the fight is real and personal.Elliot the big box developer rep who wanted to purchase the property may just have to deal wit...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    In 2016, Louise Miller arrived on the scene with her debut novel, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living. It was an instant favorite of mine, so I was thrilled to check out her sophomore novel. Seeing that her debut set the bar, this one lived up to my expectations. Louise takes us back to the fictional town of Guthrie, Vermont. The descriptions make the town come to life and everything is easy to visualize. I could practically taste all the fo...
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    I loved the sense of belonging that Nora felt for her small Vermont town, Guthrie. Nora runs the local diner, after taking care of her late mother, late father, and her younger sister. Putting aside her art for the practical realities, Nora is in some financial trouble after inheriting land that is mired in back taxes. A large company wants to buy the land, which would solve Nora’s and her sister Kate’s problems, but Guthrie would be the lose...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars to this gem!The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller is the perfect feel-good read full of small-town charm, comfort food, sympathetic and heartwarming characters, and country living. A truly endearing tale that will put a smile on your face and make you crave cake (my personal favorite) the entire time you're reading! I can't wait to try the recipe at the end of the book for Burnt Sugar Cake with Maple Icing...sounds delicious!Guthrie,...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    I won an advanced reader's edition of this book. This is a charming story. Nora has lived in Guthrie Vermont her whole life. Her parents ran the diner in the this small town. Nora has known tragedy; her mother died when she was 13 and she had to help raise her younger sister Kit. Her father drank too much. She ran the diner from a young age and still works there. Nora gets news that the local "cake lady" has died and has left her farm to Nora. No...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to the publisher (via Netgalley) for an advance e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review!Louise Miller takes us back to Guthrie, Vermont in The Late Bloomer's Club, and this book is very nearly as charming as the author's debut, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living. I loved the small town setting (felt like I was watching Gilmore Girls while reading the town meeting scenes), the passion of the town's residents for their c...
  • Leigh Kramer
    1970-01-01
    This may only be Louise Miller’s second novel but let the record reflect: if she’s writing it, I’m reading it. I feel right at home in the contemporary worlds she creates. The Guthrie townspeople we met in The City Baker’s Guide To Country Living feel like old friends so I was delighted we got to return in The Late Bloomers’ Club. The books are standalone but I love when authors set their novels in the same universe and allow readers to...
  • Cindy
    1970-01-01
    Sometimes you just need a book that isn't too heavy, but still makes you ponder things outside of your own little world, with a tinge of romance, but driven by estrogen alone, and a bit of comfort knowing that there are people out there living life, just like you. This book provides that. Louise Miller crafts a story that has truly believable characters. Nora could be your neighbor, her story could be yours. She shows the flaws that bring depth t...
  • Catherine Elcik
    1970-01-01
    I will leave the plot summary to the many reviews that have already tread that ground and talk instead about my heart. There's a moment in THE LATE BLOOMERS' CLUB where Nora Huckleberry, owner of the Miss Guthrie Diner (and more importantly the owner of a cavernous heart and a creative drive life has demanded she put on hold), shares her vision of a perfect life. Part of that vision includes a house with a room for her painting that's big enough ...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    1970-01-01
    Louise Miller's debut, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, was a five star read for me last year and I had been anticipating this one since I heard about it! Luckily, Miller did not disappoint! An endearing story of the relationship between sisters in a small town who have had more than their fair share of struggles over the years, but are as different as could be. When a local townsperson passes away and leaves the sisters her estate with ...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    Life doesn’t always turn out like you expect. For Nora – a string have choices, both good and bad, have led her to the place in live that is now her ‘normal’. After losing her parents, Nora and her sister were faced with the hard decisions that plague many about how to get the bills paid. With mounting debt from doctor and nursing home bills, Nora and her sister made the decision to sell their family home and many belongings. It was the o...
  • Lauren Rochford
    1970-01-01
    A perfect book. I loved it *even more* than her first book, which is also perfect. Sisters, a small town diner, a missing dog, baked goods, capable (and nice and handsome) men. I plan to daydream about all of the author's food descriptions for quite some time...now who can bake me a burnt sugar cake with maple icing?!
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    It's been a long time since a book has kept me up long past midnight to finish it. Louise Miller's second novel is full of charm and surprises. In the small town of Guthrie VT, Nora Huckleberry puts everyone's needs before her own as she juggles managing her late father's diner, the return after years away of her impulsive carefree sister, small-town politics, an ex-husband, a lost dog, and a neighbor's estate that comes burdened with tax liens. ...
  • Ann Mah
    1970-01-01
    Written with insight, honesty, and dry wit, THE LATE-BLOOMERS' CLUB is as cheery and warming as a campfire, an escape into a world where the cakes are homemade, the summer evenings glimmer with fireflies, and thoughtfulness always triumphs.
  • Rebecca Foster
    1970-01-01
    (3.5) Set about five years after Miller’s debut novel, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, this also takes place in the fictional small town of Guthrie, Vermont, and mentions some of the same characters. However, here the protagonist and narrator is 42-year-old divorcee Nora Huckleberry, who has run the town diner since her parents’ death and long ago sidelined her passion for art to fund the adventures of her little sister, a flighty...
  • Fran
    1970-01-01
    A wonderful, sweet read📚📚
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    Loved this follow up to The City Baker's Guide to Country Living. Here's my review on my blog:https://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com...
  • Chris Markley
    1970-01-01
    Nora has always lived in the same small Vermont town her whole life raising her sister after her Mother died and taking over the diner when her Dad could no longer run it and eventually died. She (and her sister) suddenly finds herself inheriting a house, land, and so much more when Peggy the cake maker unexpectedly dies. But Peggy was in negotiations with a Big Box store and had debts including the care of Elsie in a nursing home. Nora takes eve...
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book so much. I'll return with a more thorough review. However, if you haven't read the first book in this "companionable" series, THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, add it to your summer reading list.Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy.
  • Sherry
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsAnyone who likes women’s fiction should give Louise Miller’s novels a try. In my opinion, her debut book and this one are both excellent examples of the genre.The Late Bloomer’s Club returns readers to Guthrie, Vermont, an idyllic New England town. The story is narrated by Nora Huckleberry, the owner of the town’s beloved diner. When she and her sister Kit inherit the property of a neighbor, Nora must choose whether she will give...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Nora is used to doing whatever is best for everyone else. Her mom died when she was young and she basically became a maternal figure to her wild child sister Kit.Kit has the luxury of pursuing her dreams because she can always count on Nora to come to her rescue.When the local cake lady passes away, it sets a string of events into motion. First, her dog runs away. Then, Nora and Kit inherit her house and land. And it brings a rep to town from a W...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    Too often an author has a wonderful first book and then can't follow up with the next one. I am happy to report that Louise Miller's wonderful first book (The City Baker's Guide to Country Living) is followed up by this fantastic second book. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.This novel takes the reader back to Guthrie Vermont - a very small town with some interesting and sometimes quirky residents. Nora is the owner of the diner in...