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Sugar and Salt - by Susan Wiggs

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Book Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of The Lost and Found Bookshop returns to Perdita Street with a can't-miss tale of friendship, hardship, redemption, and love between a San Francisco baker and a barbecue master from Texas.

Jerome "Sugar" Barnes learned the art of baking in his grandma's bakery, also called Sugar, on historic Perdita Street in San Francisco. He supplies baked goods to the Lost and Found Bookshop across the street.

When the restaurant that shares his commercial kitchen loses its longtime tenant, a newcomer moves in: Margot Salton, a barbecue master from Texas.

Margot isn't exactly on the run, but she needs a fresh start. She's taken care of herself her whole life, pulling herself up by her fingernails to recover from trauma, and her dream has been to open a restaurant somewhere far, far from Texas. The shared kitchen with Jerome's Sugar bakery is the perfect setup: a state-of-the-art kitchen and a vibrant neighborhood popular with tourists and locals.

Margot instantly takes to Jerome's grandmother, the lively, opinionated Ida. The older woman proves to be a good mentor, and Margot is drawn to Jerome. Despite their different backgrounds their attraction is powerful--even though Jerome worries that Margot will simply move on from him once she's found some peace and stability. But just as she starts to relax into a happy new future, Margot's past in Texas comes back to haunt her...

Review Quotes

"Susan Wiggs and the words favorite writer go together, and with Sugar and Salt she is at the top of her powers. She understands the tender dramas of everyday life, of friendship and family, of wanting something that might be just beyond reach--and then again might not. I loved her character Margot Salter, and my heart soared and broke and soared again to learn the secrets of her past and how they threaten her hard-won present. Susan writes so deliciously about food, love, and hope...she will make you believe in life's sweetness.--Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Box

"A feel-good family saga... A charming tale about the silver linings of unwanted detours." --People on The Lost and Found Bookshop

"A gentle love story perfect for anyone looking for love amid personal, family, and financial crises." --Kirkus Reviews on The Lost and Found Bookshop

"A wonderful exploration of the past and the future and, most importantly, of what it means to be present in the here and now. Full of the love of words, the love of family, and the love of falling in love, The Lost and Found Bookshop is a big-hearted gem of a novel that will satisfy and entertain readers from all walks of life. Lovely!"--Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

"An unputdownable, true book lover's book that fans of women's fiction, slow-burning romance, and the novels of Nora Roberts and Kristin Hannah will love."--Library Journal (starred review) on The Lost and Found Bookshop

"What a warm and deeply satisfying story! Reading it is like feeling the summer sun after a long winter."--Erica Bauermeister, New York Times bestselling author of The Scent Keeper, on The Lost and Found Bookshop
Suggested Age: Adult Use Only
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Women
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Format: Hardcover
Author: Susan Wiggs
Language: English
Street Date: July 26, 2022
TCIN: 83134876
UPC: 9780062914224
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-4993
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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3.3 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews
100% would recommend
2 recommendations

tough and tender story of healing

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
imakepesto - 6 months ago
Important book about survival and triumph in the wake of trauma.
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Family, food and a brutally honest look at our judicial system

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
PhyllisE - 2 years ago
Thanks to William Morrow & Company and LibraryThing for an advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own. This is my first Susan Wiggs novel, and it wasn’t what I expected. From the description and the cover I thought it would be a lighter read. Yes, there’s a romance – actually two – with a feel-good ending. But getting there was harrowing. Content Warning: Graphic, violent abuse scene, retold more than once Margie is orphaned as a young teen. She’s a high school dropout trying to make it on her own. Living in Texas in a small cottage with her cat, she works as a waitress and makes amazing barbeque sauce from her own recipes which she sells to Cubby, who has a small restaurant. Cubby and his wife Queen encourage and support her dream of owning her own restaurant someday. We meet Margot (formerly Margie) in the prologue as she is receiving an award in San Francisco for her successful upscale barbeque restaurant. She is being honored not only for the restaurant, but also for how she runs her business and her impressive treatment of her employees. Most of the story takes place in the past, describing how she got to this point. The writing is excellent and the characters are believable. Wiggs based Margot’s story on real events of actual women’s experiences. It is a brutally honest look at our judicial system and how women are treated, especially in the south. Additional difficult topics are also handled well, which give the novel depth and plenty of content for discussion (great for book clubs). Margot’s boyfriend Jerome sums up Margot’s experiences at the end of the novel: “Something bad happened to you. We can make something good come out of it…Listen, you’re not a criminal. Or a victim. You’re a survivor. Love yourself, honey. Love that girl who lost her mama too young and picked the wrong guy and had to fight for herself. Love that girl – because I do.” True to the promise in its title, the book contained many delicious descriptions of food, as well as several recipes. But food is secondary to Margot’s healing. Despite the protective walls she has built around herself as a result of her trauma, I was encouraged to read when she realizes, “She loved him so much that it hurt. Maybe that was how love worked. If you could handle the pain, you’d find the sweetness.”
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