• Sugar and Salt

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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Sugar and Salt

By: Susan Wiggs
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
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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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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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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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SO much to love about the book BUT...

So love Susan Wiggs stories and this one is a beauty including an amazing insight into race relations long ago amd now and the horror of rape in any generation. However the totally biased one-sided inclusion of Planned Parenthood ; totallty ignoring the negatives of abortion and its effdcts on women,, the attack on the Catholic church, and the unfair generalization of all police are all an unnecessary distraction/inclusion. The arbitrary inclusion of safe sex practices is also very surprising and illogical. Also illogical is the surprise at the rapist's family suing for libel and slander. These people are nuts! Of course they would use their political clout to go this route. Why is anyone surprised about this?

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Important topics in 2022

This book covers many of the important topics of 2022; women's health, race enequality, LGBTQ, etc. The story line was intretangled with the issues, which was very interesting. It was well written and well read.

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Trauma overload

I felt there was too much bouncing around between character viewpoints and timelines, but the story was pretty good overall. I wish it had come with a trigger warning, though, as it was a book club assigned read and nothing in the description prepared me to go blow by blow through a violent rape the main character went through or the traumatic aftermath she suffered.

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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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Unexpected and informative

Susan Wiggs has done it again. She has delivered an informative book with heart and soul. I did not read the summary of the book before I ordered it so it was an unexpected educational journey for me

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Didn’t want it to end

Characters were relatable and realistic. It’s a battle many marginalized women fight everyday. Thankful for those that (financially) support women in these situations!

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Not your usual romance novel! Excellent

I rarely give a book a 5 stars A good romance I will give a 3 The author did a great job with character development She did a great job of taking this listener through an often not talked and difficult topic, Being someone of the age when women rights were barely getting off the ground the story brought back memories from that time. The time when just saying no was not enough. The society was a male dominated in areas of power We as women forgot to past to our children how easily society can change and head in a direction where prejudice rears its ugly heads. I understand now why the reviews were all over the map.