Ellen Cahill's financial future rides on the success of her new pastry shop. A bruising divorce has drained her bank account, along with her spirit. A man enters her life promising love, but Ellen, haunted by the past, questions whether she can pull off this new beginning.
College student Rosa Escamilla has her own culinary dreams—and a difficult mother who's dead set against them. Rosa won't be deterred. She scrapes up the money to enroll at a prestigious culinary school, setting out to prove everyone wrong.
When hidden betrayals by the people they love most surface for both Ellen and Rosa, can they overcome the blows they never saw coming on the road to where they want to go?
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Karen Guzman’s lovely prose immediately pulled me into her new release, Arborview. I was equally compelled by the interwoven stories of Ellen, whose middle-age life is upended by a nasty divorce, and Rosa, a young woman fighting to pursue her dreams for a better life. Despite their diverse ages and backgrounds, they come together as teacher and student in a college baking class, and slowly form a believable bond over their culinary talents. Though the road isn’t sweet or easy for either of these brave women, I admired how they persevered through some really intense challenges. Without giving up any spoilers, I’ll say Arborview is a thoughtful, well-written novel that embraces the best elements of women’s fiction.