Dear Reader,

The cooler temperatures have me pulling out the baking pans and creating some of my favorite recipes.   When fall really gets rolling I’ll spend hours pouring over cookbooks reading about new recipes and then trying them out on my family.   I’ll be cooking for a couple of football tailgate parties, taking several baking classes and heading to the orchards to pick applies and pumpkins.   Love this time of year!

The best part about the fall is the release of my latest novel SWEET EXPECTATIONS.  If you loved THE UNION STREET BAKERY this book will pull you in with another look behind the scenes at the Union Street Bakery and into the lives of the McCrae sisters, Daisy, Rachel and Margaret.   There’s another mystery to unravel and a persistent ghost as Daisy finds a way to make the bakery her forever home.  And if you wondered what happened to Gordon, Daisy’s not-so-ex fiancé, well you’ll just have to read SWEET EXPECTATIONS.  I’ve also slipped in a couple of recipes in the back.

Be sure to stop by my contest page and sign up.  Winners receive a copy of SWEET EXPECATIONS!  Also, have a look at my Events page to see where you can find me in the next few months.

Take care!

Mary Ellen Taylor


When Daisy McCrae’s already semi-scrambled life abruptly turns even more upside down, it leads to deeper soul-searching , exploration of family ties, and a quest for the ultimate meaning of her purpose and direction . . . with Daisy’s narration alternating with her sister Rachel’s, the story unfurls at a slow yet steady pace, nicely layering characters, subplots, and backstory. “–Booklist

Absorbing characters, a hint of mystery and touching self-discovery elevate this novel above many others in the genre.”—RT Book Reviews


A wonderful story about sisters, family, and the things that matter most. I loved this beautifully written journey of self-discovery.”—Wendy Wax, author of OCEAN BEACH

Taylor serves up a great mix of vivid setting, history, drama and everyday life in THE UNION STREET BAKERY. Here’s hoping she writes more like it.”—Herald-Sun, Durham, NC

Ms. Taylor has managed to create more than an escape or entertaining account for the reader. Rather, she beckons the reader to walk alongside her and listen to the beautiful tale she shares with her strong voice. I look forward to hearing her next story.”—Feathered Quill Books

An enjoyable read.”—Five Minutes for Books

It was a quick read, complete with amazing recipes that I cannot wait to try, and characters that were easy to like.”—A Patchwork of Books

What a great book. I was sneaking in every moment possible to read through this book. Let’s just say a lot of housework was left undone. It was worth it. This is a book to read and recommend to others.”—