• Sugar and Salt

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times bestselling author of The Lost and Found Bookstore 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 Sugar's 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, and the older woman proves to be a good mentor. Margot thinks Jerome is gorgeous, and 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…

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©2022 Susan Wiggs (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Story about violent rape. Trigger for many,

DNF. This book should come with a warning about sexual assault (violent rape). The only reference in the editors blurb was “recovering from trauma”. I had to stop listening (audiobook) as it brought too many unwanted feeling to the surface. Had this been noted I’d have skipped over this one. I had preordered this when the audiobook first became available and even now reading others reviews, it isn’t really mentioned. Be warned, this story is all about the before during and after and can be very triggering.

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Woke leftism

I am giving up on reading Susan Wiggins’s books. Her woke leftism that permeates what otherwise would be a wonderful and compelling story ruined this book for me. I tried to listen but am totally put off by the inaccurate picture of our country.

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Loved this book

This book was so good. I could not stop listening. The narrator was excellent also.

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Great book

I enjoyed this book from beginning to the end. Loved how it was written and the content. A must read!

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Such is life. A little sugar and a little salt.

The pretty cake cover is a cover for sure. The kitchen sink of hot topics-in-the-news all made it into this kitchen sink of of a story.

I don't say that in a negative way, but in a okay ... social media & in-the-news sort of way. Every social issue out there made it into this recipe.

The core human story is very real.

Wiggs is a master storyteller. Since I was listening while driving a major highway, I wish I'd known what was coming ... a tough listen at 70 mph but then ... being blind sided, then challenged to hold on while all that avalanched afterward ... happens every day to millions of women in real life. It's infuriating. A very salty taste of life for sure.

Susan Wiggs champions women's issues (human issues) by bringing back ... a little bit of sugar and a little bit of salt.

I wonder if there will be a follow up or sequel ... the story felt like there could have been more of a story at the end.

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Excellent book

The author understands and accurately describes human nature and understands the deep and tragic frustrations we humans face, as well as the soaring joys of deep undying love!!!

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Good survivor story but painful

I appreciate the messages and f recovery and the beautiful way the back story was written. The author did a good and courageous thing writing this work.

Today I did not want to go deep and reopen things poorly healed over, and I wanted more love story with less suffering. I spent the day moving all the feelings and the long period spent in the survivor’s struggles derailed my weekend. So I can appreciate this book while hating what it did to me. In the long run maybe good but today? I can’t feel grateful for the pain and longing and aloneness

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Kathy C

I was so longing forward to this book. I purchased the audible version but sorry to say I was very disappointed in the main story of Margot. A lot of the story was about her back history (very graphic) and not enough on the present. I would have liked more depth in her relationship with Jerome and Ida B. The ending felt more like the middle of the story. Also, the book cover was very misleading. Yes, Jerome was a baker but mostly of bread not cakes. And nothing about BBQ.

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Captivating

I have read many books written by Susan wiggs. Each one of them has been so well written I am captivated by the storyline.

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Politically charged

I read Susan Wiggs to escape the ugliness going on in the world. I felt the description was deceptive of what the book was about. I didn’t care for her last book either because she intwined her political beliefs and this book was issue after issue after issue of her political views. I won’t buy another book written by her.