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Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted by Lolly Winston

Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted

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A novel about grief and rebuilding which could border on the depressive but actually is so beautifully written and so tenderly handled it is uplifting, funny, warm and eventually joyous. The style completely wins you over, you feel for Sophie all the way, she’s quite a woman and this is a wonderful first novel.

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Sophie's Bakery for the Broken Hearted by Lolly Winston

36-year-old Sophie Stanton has lost her young husband to cancer. In an age where women are expected to be high-achievers, Sophie desperately wants to be a good widow - a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Guzzling cartons of ice-cream for breakfast, breaking down in the frozen food aisle of her local supermarket, showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers - soon she's not only lost her husband, but her job and her waistline. With nowhere to go but up, Sophie leaves California for Oregon and after several false starts opens her own fabulous bakery. Juggling the success of the bakery, her friends and her new life, Sophie proves that with enough humour and chutzpah it is possible to have life after loss. And falling in love again is all she needs....

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This debut novel is way beyond OK. It is outstanding. USA Today An impressive debut-.[Winston] reminds us that we can still be funny, sarcastic, aware and smart, even when we are brokenhearted. Washington Post Winston writes Sophie with such tenderness, humour and empathy that she and the reader become intimate-Very good indeed. People magazine A memorable debut Woman's Own One of the best first novels I have ever read. -- Anne Rivers Siddons

About the Author

Lolly Winston
Lolly Winston is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, and many others. She lives with her husband in California.

Photograph © Lisa Pongrace

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5th May 2005


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Arrow (a Division Of Random House Group)


400 pages


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