The Baker's Man (Mystic Water) Paperback – December 15, 2012
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"Every now and then a writer comes along that sweeps me off my feet. Jennifer Moorman is one such an author. Her book The Baker's Man engrossed me from page one. The delicious prose was rolled out with precision and I read ever so slowly for want of savoring each delightful word. Moorman took a magical story and brought it fully to life, engaging all five senses. I highly recommend you taste, hear, feel, smell, and see the amazing story of The Baker's Man." -Natalie Banks, Best Selling Author of The Water Is Wide
"Magical! I simply loved The Baker's Man. It was just delicious! It reminded me of sliding into the lovely and magical world of Alice Hoffman. From the very first page to the end, the language the tempo and the characters kept me until the very last page. Funny thing, I kept seeing this as a Hallmark movie-seductive in a way that brought you directly into the hearts of these characters and their relationships. So if Hallmark TV is listening-this is a great one!" -Jane Ubell-Meyer, Founder of Bedside Reading
"Like a charming Hallmark movie with a dash of magic and a little mayhem, readers will instantly fall in love with the first book in the Mystic Water Series, The Baker's Man. Enchanting and magical Jennifer Moorman charms her readers with a strong storyline that intertwines magic, romance, and more sugar than a cup of sweet tea on a warm summer night. A fast, entertaining read, The Baker's Man is a perfect escape for the weekend. With all the sweetness of romance, with a helping of extra, dark chocolate to keep things intense, readers will devour this enticing read like a slice of Anna's Dark Chocolate Oreo Tart." -Amy Shane, Book Review & Special Events Editor Dixon's Independent Voice
"Jennifer Moorman has written a modern-day fairy tale. It reminds me of a cozy Hallmark series like The Good Witch and of Alice Hoffman's novels." -Amazon Reviewer
"The Baker's Man is a beautifully woven, well-crafted, and well-written love story in the magical realism genre... a heart-warming romance, with a healthy dose of heat, magic, whimsy, and wonderful characters." -Amazon Reviewer
From the Author
I'm a self-taught baker, so adding a magical twist, I wondered what would happen if a baker made a man out of dough, and the recipe for The Baker's Man came to life.
I hope you enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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After college, Anna returns from New York and agrees to replace her deceased grandmother Beatrice as owner of her bakery. She discovers an unusual recipe her grandmother has left in a sealed box with instructions never to open. Anna’s curiosity leads her to open the forbidden box and the consequences are life changing.
“She stepped too close to him, and her senses were immediately overloaded. She smelled rosemary and cinnamon, spicy chocolate and melted sugar. Looking away from his clear blue eyes was difficult. Anna wanted to back away from the stranger in her kitchen, but a million invisible gossamer threads connected the two of them, tangled them, and wove them together. She sucked air, heady and sweet, into her lungs.”
Jennifer Moorman has written a modern-day fairy tale. It reminds me of a cozy Hallmark series like The Good Witch and of Alice Hoffman’s novels. The Baker’s Man is about ambition, self-discovery, and the pursuit of desires. Anna is a little further along in her journey towards independence than your average heroine — she is a business owner. Jennifer Moorman instills the adventure-seeking Anna with goals and aspirations beyond romance. She yearns to abandon her predictable small town life in return for the adventure of living on the beach. If you enjoy reading sweet romances, you will love The Baker’s Man.
Anna had heard the take thatbher grandma “made” her grandpa out of dough. She finds a recipe and a box of golden “spice” tucked away where many had forgot. Can you really bake the perfect man?
As my first read after the Christmas holidays, this book was just what I needed to easy back into the daily grind. I don’t know if it was the holidays still on my mind or what, but I could not stop thinking that this book should just be a Hallmark movie. Seriously, it is perfect for the Hallmark Channel: wholesome story, sweet main character, and a little bit of Magic.
Oh and the baking! After following the author’s Instagram for awhile (she is tagged above), I could not stop thinking about all her stories and posts where she bakes yummy treats similar to what the main character creates in the book.
If you want a sweet read with a happy ending, give this a try. And if you like baking, read this and follow Jennifer Moorman and sign up for her newsletter. She posts delicious treats; her blog is cooking through fiction.
That said, The Baker's Man is a beautifully woven, well-crafted, and well-written love story in the magical realism genre. I've heard it being compared to Sarah Addison Allen (I haven't read Allen, but that says something). The main characters -- Anna and Eli -- are real and very relatable. Eli is totally the kind of romance hero I love to read about -- sweet, thoughtful, gorgeous, and yet quite strong (inside and out). Although the romance is sweet, the heat between those two is palpable and hotter than anything! I was seriously fanning myself!
Set in the fictional town of Mystic Waters, Anna owns a bakery/cafe she had inherited from her grandmother, and is herself a very talented baker. One day, after being heart-broken by her long-term boyfriend, she and her best friend try, on a drunken whim, a magical recipe said to create (aka, bake) her 'perfect man', a recipe , it is rumored, that her grandmother used to supposedly create Anna's grandfather all those years ago. Eli is the unexpected result of that experiment, and YUM, what a great result. The story follows the antics of these two, their depth, their incredible connection, and their growth as individuals, apart and together, within a context they could barely understand.
The writing is nuanced, with a lovely cadence and rhythm. Full of whimsy and magic, the town of Mystic Waters feels like a real place I would love to visit, and the incredible descriptions of treats and baked goods are mouth-watering! It's clear the author is a real baker, and it shows in every bit of her writing.
If you like a simple, yet heart-warming romance, with a healthy dose of heat, magic, whimsy, and wonderful characters, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed!
Top international reviews
Having read that Anna the main character was being left by her boyfriend she and her friend Lily have a few too many rum and cokes which leads her to reveal that her grandmother had created her grandfather in an oven using magical sand.The girls set about doing the same and to Anna's amazement when she wakes finds a handsome man in her bakery cooking up the days goods to sell.
The story revolves around Anna wrestling with her concience regarding Eli, baked man, and she has right to future with him or her ex. It doesn't help matters when her good friend Tessa falls for him and he recipricates her advances.
I have to say the main reason for page turning here for me was I kept expecting the characters of Lily and Tessa to further question Eli about who he really was and what he was actually made of. Maybe take him to a hospital to get a check. I suppose I thought there would be a twist and it would be revealed he was in fact someone Anna knew from culinary college which is the initial explanation she gives the towns folk who seem to know everyone who lives there. There wasn't and I personally couldn't suspend belief enough to buy into this.
Overall this book moves at a quick enough pace and there is a really nice feel to it. I loved the descriptions of the food baked and the food the characters consume. The setting was very idealic sounding and the generosity of the bakerys customers when Anna needs help. This is literally a sweet tale with the supernatural being one of the main ingredients with a little intrigue and a few thrills thrown in.
This was a pleasurable way to spend a few a hours I would definitely look this author up again
It goes through the ups and downs of a good read and everything comes right in the end.
This book actually has a beginning, a middle and an end.
You are not left wondering, and you are not dropped off a cliff at the end and it comes to an abrupt finish, everything is there to enjoy.
The Baker's Man is a light hearted book and easy to read.
I fully recommend it.