Book Review: The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

Posted August 5, 2022 by WendyW in Bloglinks, Book Review, bookblogger / 56 Comments

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie
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by Rachel Linden
Publication Date August 2, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Magical Realism, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Women
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

“Heartfelt, heartwarming, joyful, and uplifting. You can't go wrong with a Rachel Linden book.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

An uplifting novel about a heartbroken young pie maker who is granted a magical second chance to live the life she didn’t choose. . . . from the bestselling author of The Enlightenment of Bees.
Lolly Blanchard's life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother’s tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant in order to keep her family’s struggling Seattle diner afloat and care for her younger sister and grieving father. Now, a decade later, she dutifully whips up the diner’s famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining for all she's lost.  
As Lolly’s thirty-third birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift—three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. What if her mom hadn’t passed away? What if she had opened her own restaurant in England? What if she hadn’t broken up with the only man she's ever loved? Surprising and empowering, each experience helps Lolly let go of her regrets and realize the key to transforming her life lies not in redoing her past but in having the courage to embrace her present.

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden is a heartwarming tale of one woman’s journey to discover what her present life would be like if she were able to change her past.  

Lolly Blanchard is stuck in a rut.  As the manager of her family’s restaurant and the primary pie maker, she’s content with her life, until she finds a list she wrote when she was a child with her life goals and she realizes she hadn’t done any of the items on the list. What if’s plague her.  What if she had moved to England to open up her own restaurant?  What if her mother hadn’t died ten years ago? And What if she hadn’t left the love of her life? 

Her great aunt then gives her a gift of three lemon drops along with instructions to take one at night and wish for the life she wants and she will have one day in the life she’s always dreamed of.  What will happen when Lolly sees the lives she could have had?

I enjoyed this book very much.  I like the premise of Lolly being able to have a peek at different lives.  Lolly is a wonderful character, she is driven to help her family at all costs, and I like her dedication to her family and the business.  She has a wonderful relationship with her little sister, who is much younger.  While her dedication to her family is admirable, the cost to her own well-being is high, and that’s what this book is about.  

The focus of the book is on Lolly, her journey, and also the journey of her family.  There is a romance in the book but it’s very secondary to the rest of the story.  I thought the lemon drops were a good way to have Lolly reflect on her decisions, and how they affected her present, and her family.  The magical realism was light enough, that I was able to believe in the lemon drops.  

Also, there is a recipe for Lemon Drop Pie, so that’s a fun little bonus.  I highly recommend The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Rachel Linden

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie, The Enlightenment of Bees, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, and Ascension of Larks. Currently Rachel lives with her family on a sweet little island near Seattle, WA where she enjoys creating stories about strong women facing big challenges, travel, food, and second chances at love. She promises her readers a happy, or at least very hopeful, ending and infuses each of her stories with a touch of magical realism.

Have you read The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie?

56 responses to “Book Review: The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

  1. This sure does sound like a good read. I think a lot of women have trouble setting good boundaries with family members, and sometimes it comes at the expense of our own hopes and dreams.

  2. Wonderful review, Wendy. I love the sound of this book and definitely want to read it. I was declined for this one, but hope my library gets a copy. I like the premise of this one, very Hallmark movie like.

  3. I’m glad you liked it! I enjoyed this one too. I thought the lemon drops were a unique and clever way to look at alternate possibilities.

  4. What a unique storyline! The cover of this book is so lovely. I’m very interested in Lolly’s journey and where she ends up after the lemon drops. Great review Wendy!

  5. Oh Wendy!

    I love the sound of this!! The cover and the title drew my attention immediately and now your review just made me add it to my TBR.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Wonderful review Wendy! Its sounds a lovely story, and one I wouldn’t mind having a chance at; what if’s do come to mind some times. And I love the sound of lemon drop pie. Are you planning to try out the recipe?

  7. That’s a really cute cover, and I love the idea of this. I’m not a fan of lemon, but it seems perfect to include a recipe for the pie. Nice review, Wendy!

    • The magic of the lemon drops themselves is interesting – I wonder how many people would like to have the opportunity to look at the “what if”. Great review Wendy.