The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor: Spotlight & Giveaway (US only)

February 6th, 2013

The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor released yesterday on February 5 and oh my is this ever one I’d like to read.  I know many of us are very intrigued by  books that have diaries that date back in time and this is one of them.  I’ll definitely be making time for this one in the near future.  In the meantime I’m going to share it with all of you with a little information on the book and the author as well as a giveaway for a chance to win your own copy.  Love, love, love this cover!  Wish I was there instead of here with all my snow!




The Union Street Bakery (from Penguin)

Life can turn on a dime. It’s a common cliché, and I’d heard it often enough. People die or move away. Investments go south. Affairs end. Loved ones betray us…Stuff happens.

Daisy McCrae’s life is in tatters. She’s lost her job, broken up with her boyfriend, and has been reduced to living in the attic above her family’s store, the Union Street Bakery, while learning the business. Unfortunately, the bakery is in serious hardship. Making things worse is the constant feeling of not being a “real” McCrae since she was adopted as a child and has a less-than-perfect relationship with her two sisters.

Then a long-standing elderly customer passes away, and for some reason bequeaths Daisy a journal dating back to 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 look further into the past of the town and her family.

What she finds are the answers she has longed for her entire life, and a chance to begin again with the courage and desire she thought she lost for good.

Book Excerpt
Buy at: Penguin, Amazon,, B&N, and IndieBound


About Mary Ellen Taylor (from her website)

Mary Ellen Taylor’s southern family has always enjoyed tall tales and good yarns. Early on, Mary Ellen realized that Story had tremendous power to inspire laughter, love, sorrow and even fear. It didn’t matter if the tales were found in the pages of a book, spoken in hushed tones around a campfire, or shared at an old-fashioned southern family reunion, stories created connections.

This appreciation of story motivated Mary Ellen to earn an English degree from Virginia’s Hollins University. After a decade of working in marketing and sales, Mary Ellen became convinced she could write and sell one of the many stories swirling in her head. Fingers crossed, Mary Ellen left the marketing profession and devoted all her spare time to writing a novel.

Under the name Mary Burton, she has written twelve historical romances for Harlequin Historicals, four short romantic suspenses for Silhouette Romantic Suspense and now writes single title suspense novels for Kensington. Mary Burton is a 2005 RITA Finalist (Short Historical) and a 2006 nominee the Romantic Times’ Critics Choice Award.

Mary Ellen is an avid baker who spends many afternoons testing and tweaking recipes. She resides in Virginia where she enjoys yoga, hiking and her two miniature dachshunds, Buddy and Bella.

Connect with Mary Ellen on her website, Facebook, and Twitter



I have one copy of The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor up for grabs to my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries follow my blog.  If you already do let me know so I can pass the extra entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway.

This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, February 16/13.  Good luck!

44 Comments to “The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor: Spotlight & Giveaway (US only)”

  1. Lynne says:

    Sounds really interesting

    I also follow your blog on email


  2. bookworm says:

    This does sound very nice, cozy cover!

  3. This one is intriguing. I want to know more about Susie!

    I am a GFC follower.

  4. Lara Frame Newell says:

    GFC and email follower

    lafra86 at gmail dot com

    I love books like this!

  5. Linda B says:

    Enjoyed this post; the book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC follower

  6. Anne says:

    I am captivated with this book. Thanks for the giveaway. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  7. cheryl says:

    I agree with you – this is definitely one that I will enjoy reading

  8. cheryl says:

    longtime GFC follower

  9. Oh, this does sound good! Please enter me!

    I follow your blog through RSS feed in Google Reader.


  10. ellie says:

    This story sounds wonderful. Thanks. I subscribe via e-mail.

  11. Margie says:

    Sounds like a fascinating story. I like the idea of the diary too.
    -follow by GFC, email, Facebook

  12. rhonda says:

    Sounds wonderful my type of follower twitter follower@rhondareads.will tweet

  13. Karen B says:

    The mystery of old diaries – intriguing!

    Email subscriber.

  14. nan says:

    Does sound interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m an email follower.

  15. zibilee says:

    Oh, this one does sound very climactic and interesting, Dar! I would love to read it at some point. I definitely want in on this giveaway!!


  16. Carol Wong says:

    This sounds like a story that I would love to sit down and read right now! Would love to win it.


  17. Carol Wong says:

    I follow your blog with GFC as Carol N Wong and an e-mail subscription as CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com.

  18. Carol Wong says:

    I tweeted:


  19. Connie Fischer says:

    Great synopsis! Looking forward to reading this.



  20. Nise' says:

    I want to read this one too!

    I am a follower.

  21. Terry Martini says:

    I love books that contain old diaries as a view into the past. Sounds like a wonderful story. I follow by email.

  22. Maureen says:

    It is a lovely cover and I would love to read the story.
    I follow on GFC – Maureen

  23. Meghan Stith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! This looks really good!

    I am a GFC follower: Meghan Stith

  24. Liz V. says:

    Please enter my name for the givaway of this interesting sounding book.

  25. pamela james says:

    Sounds like my life.
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  26. pamela james says:

    email subscriber
    pjames330 at aol dot com

  27. jennygirl says:

    You’re right about this one and long lost diaries. Thanks for the contest Darlene!

    +2 follower

  28. Staci says:

    This one is already on my list!! I can’t wait to read it!!!

  29. Rachel W. says:

    I’m a follower– thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Kristin T. says:

    I would love to read this…I’ve heard such good things about it!

    I’m a follower!

  31. I’ve really wanted to read this one. It sounds so good. I’d love to win it.


    2 Kids and Tired Books

  32. Vickie says:

    I am a follower. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  33. Linda Kish says:

    This sounds really interesting.

    I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  34. Lisa Palmer says:

    Would love to enter.

  35. LilMissMolly says:

    What a great giveaway. thank you!
    gfc follower lvsgund at

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  37. I saw this one at the library and would love to win my own copy. Thank you!

    I follow via GFC!

  38. Rebecca Boardman says:

    Love the cover.
    Thanks for this great give a way

  39. Amy says:

    What a wonderful cover! The story sounds very interesting and I’m always up for reading good southern fiction.

    Please enter me in your giveaway for this book, Dar.
    I’m a faithful follower via email, GFC…etc.

  40. Beth says:

    Wow, this sounds so good! I love stories that include journals from the past.

    I’m a GFC follower & I tweeted here:

  41. Lisa S. says:

    Yes that is a beautiful cover pic! And this is going to be some book! I can’t wait to read it! I follow you on your blog too!

  42. Lisa S. says:

    I tweeted the giveaway!
    I also shared on FB & Google

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