• The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie

  • By: Rachel Linden
  • Narrated by: Katie Koster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie

By: Rachel Linden
Narrated by: Katie Koster
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Publisher's Summary

“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.

©2022 Rachel Linden (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A triumphant story about chasing down a destiny, cleverly told and beautifully delivered. Rachel Linden reminds us on every page how wonderful and essential it is to believe in the magic of second chances.” (Susan Meissner, USA Today best-selling author of The Nature of Fragile Things)

“Lolly Blanchard’s life changed from lemonade to lemons in an instant, and she has spent years wondering what might have been. When her great-aunt gifts her the opportunity to find out, Lolly jumps at the opportunity, each of her forays into a different life leading her to surprising places. Ultimately, Lolly realizes that, no matter how dire the situation, the choices we make can change our fate in ways better than our wildest dreams. The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie is a poignant, hopeful must read for anyone who has ever wondered about a different path. Rachel Linden creates unforgettable characters that will work their way into your heart and a compulsively readable story that will keep the pages turning late into the night. Five huge stars!” (Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times best-selling author of The Wedding Veil)

“The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie is an enchanting tale about the one thing we’ve all imagined: a magical second chance. Rachel Linden expertly mixes romance, mystery and family-drama into a delicious recipe of a story. When Lolly is given three lemon drops, each a chance to do one day in her life over again, she sets off on an adventure that is as charming as it is exciting. With her trademark warmth, Linden delivers a captivating story with a magical heartbeat at its center.” (Patti Callahan, New York Times best-selling author of Surviving Savannah) 

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Terrible British Accent!

The book was fine enough but didn't really grip me. It was easy relaxation material until the narrator put on one of the worst British accents I've heard. The character was supposed to be Northern and it sounded like some Frankenstein of accents all across the country. I immediately paused the book and returned it.

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Slow and unbelievable

The story is too slow. I got to chapter seven and nothing has caught my interest. The narration is also too slow. I was forced to turn the speed up but then it sounded weird. Also, the story is unbelievable and I didn’t get to the magic part yet. The high school boy says thing like “I’ll always be here for you.” High school boys don’t talk like that. Then her best friend told her how attracted men are to her because of her vintage vibe and it described her poodle skirt and cat eye glasses. Really? I don’t think so.

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Narration unbearable

I like the story and I think I'll get the book on kindle, but the audible version is AWFUL. I couldn't finish it. The narrators manner of speaking is so irritating and completely distracting. She has a style of upspeak in her line of delivery that gives an unintended whiney tone to the authors writing. I found myself repeating the sentences in my head using different intonation just to make it palpable (hence the distraction). If you're sensitive to narration styles like me, save your credit.

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Hope Springs Eternal…

I was hoping for a more powerful ending, something that had a different result however, it was a pure Hallmark movie ending. The British accents were poorly performed. I wish the character of Aunt Gertrude was used in a more intelligent point of view and not the same old seasoned white haired academic female who never married or had children, and who is quite the eccentric. Such a waste of what could have been and independent intelligent older woman.

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Best book of the year!!!!!

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachael Lindon was by far my best read of the year, and a book that tugs at all the heart strings.

A story that follows the life of Lolly Blanchard, starting from her pre teen years working at the small family owned diner as a awkward, introspective girl working for her parents as a waitress. There she would meet the one true love of her life Rory Shaw, a popular star high school soccer player who dated all the pretty high school cheerleaders. Rory had big plans for his future laid out in front of him, and seemed destined for great things and success in life.

Their story together always seemed an unlikely to succeed love, that had crashed and burned for Lolly, and a love she would always wonder......what if.

Years later after life tragedies and many many unfulfilled years she realizes she hasn't accomplished any of the goals she had set for herself as an energetic teen full of big dreams and great ambitions for herself.

Then through her Aunt after a complete emotional crash, Lolly is given a strange second chance at happiness, a way to go back to possibly change 3 of her biggest regrets in life, and to live a 24 hour day in each of these alternate lives to see how her life might have changed.

And in these relived regrets our story is masterfully woven, that of how lost love is regained, dreams actually do come true, and tragedies averted, but at what cost to her present life as she knows it now? And how does she use the knowledge of how things COULD have been when she is forced back to her real life after each 24 hour regret relived?

The author does an outstanding job of bringing her characters in this book to life, and really makes you connect with them, and truly empathize with their situations and invest you in their lives in a meaningful way is all I can say without giving away too much of this story. I enjoyed how this story was told so much I now want to read more from this author.

A 5 out of 5 star read, and as I said my favorite book of the year for 2022. I highly recommend this book!!!!!

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I wanted to like this

I love magical realism stories but this one was just boring for me. I only finished it because I did want to know how it ended .

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Love the storyline

The storyline in this book was amazing! I really enjoyed everything about the book and the characters in it!

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Don't waste a credit

Too whiney through the whole book.
Fingers on a chalk board.
between narrator and story it was a double whammy of annoying.

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Great premise but so.much.angsty handwringing

This story had a neat premise that by sucking on a lemon drop you could see what your life would have looked like if you’d made a different decision. The characters were good, the setting was wonderful, but OMG. The main character had absolutely no ability to think her way through a situation, and I get it, she missed her mother, but did we really have to have so much angsty handwringing about it in every 3rd chapter? It’s been 10 years girl - you will always miss her but get yourself together!!

The narrator was really good, I liked her voices. My only quibble was her dialectal way of pronouncing “bag” (sounded like baig, LOL).

Quick easy fun summer read, but could have been 1/3 shorter without missing anything but the overdone emotional churn.

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Perfect for Finding Joy!

I'd loved everything about this book! the author knows exactly how to describe a moment, a touch, and a taste. she weaves magical realism into a contemporary world flawlessly. I loved every character of this book. I related to Lolly the most because there have been many times in life where I've felt lost and unsure of what my next move should be. I also have had to step in a motherly role for my younger siblings. I loved the second chance romance trope. I loved Aunt Gert as an amazing side character. I cannot think of one negative thing to say. the narrator Katie Koster was phenomenal and I will be happy to listen to any other book by her. Rachel Linden is an autobuy author for me now I suppose I'll have to reread this and her others while I wait for the next!