Bliss (Bliss Bakery Trilogy)

by Kathryn Littlewood

Paperback, 2013



Local notes

PB Lit



Katherine Tegen Books (2013), 400 pages


Twelve-year-old Rose Bliss wants to work magic in her family's bakery as her parents do, but when they are called away and Rose and her siblings are left in charge, the magic goes awry and a beautiful stranger tries to talk Rose into giving her the Bliss Cookery Booke.


Original language


Physical description

400 p.; 5.25 inches


0062084240 / 9780062084248



User reviews

LibraryThing member paakre
The four children are named after Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (nicknames Leigh, Rose, Thy). The parents are master bakers. The town is small and reminds me of Mayberry RFD. Much is charming in this book, and I laughed out loud at times. But the character of Aunt Lily is obviously up to no good, and there is not enough plot to justify 300 plus pages. I grew impatient to learn the predictable ending which of course would be a cliffhanger for a second book in a trilogy. I feel that this book or this author has her eye on Hollywood.… (more)
LibraryThing member jfoster_sf
Just ok. The story is about a girl who comes from a long line of magical bakers, but who feels gypped that her parents never let her do any of the magic herself. Young kids may like it, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone myself.
LibraryThing member kmjanek
Highly Recommended
The Bliss family have been cooking for generations using recipes from the Bliss Family Cookery Booke. The current Bliss family live in Calamity Falls and run a small but popular bakery. The Bliss children have to help out in the bakery and their cute and clever names are: Rosmary, Leigh, Sage and Thyme (aka Ty). Rose is beginning to suspect that the Cookery Booke has magical elements in it and wants nothing more than to learn its secrets. When their parents have to make the difficult choice to leave for a few nights, the kids are put in charge along with the regular bakery assistant. Then a mysterious, Aunt Lily, shows up. No one is ever heard of her but they welcome her with open arms. She has nefarious reasons for being there, mostly wanting the magic cook book. Chaos descends, but the family pulls together and creates some of its own magic.

The Bliss family is very generous and kind. They are always helping the people in their town with their magical recipes. They have been entrusted with secrets meant to help people. Aunt Lily has been jealous that she was not the one who got to keep the Cookery Book and wants it to build a bakery empire. This is a funny and inspiring family story that young readers will enjoy.

This really is a great book for Upper Elementary and Middle school libraries. Some of the younger readers may need a bit of help with short parts of cursive text (if they have not yet learned cursive) and some pronunciation/definitions -- ie. Booke, mi Hermana, Monsieur, excusez-moi, etc. The book reminded me of magical TLC reality cooking show. This book would make a good addition to a food or cooking book display, a magic theme or a siblings/family theme. It could be used for a semester long read aloud as the story would appeal to both boys and girls at the upper elementary level. It would make a great choice for SSR or reading for fun.
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LibraryThing member writercity
A contemporary blend of rich humor and real life additions.
LibraryThing member BookConcierge
From the book jacket: Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke – an ancient leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and key while their parents are out of town, but then a m mysterious stranger shows up. “Aunt” Lily rides a motorcycle, wears purple sequins, and whips up exotic dishes for dinner.

My reactions
Okay, I knew it was a children’s middle-grade book, and I knew it involved magic. But still … this was just so awful I don’t even need some Cookies of Truth to write this review.

Rose is only eleven, but she is so unsure of herself, so certain she isn’t pretty or clever or (insert positive attribute here), and she bemoans her lack of looks, brains, etc on practically every page! Given her lack of confidence, it’s no wonder that she’s quickly seduced by Aunt Lily’s glamour and flattery. This, of course, makes me wonder why her parents would entrust the key to the special cabinet to Rose – or any of the children, for that matter. Why not just lock it up and take the key with them? Clearly, I’m not the intended audience, but I can’t imagine my nieces and nephews enjoying this either.

Still, I admit that some of the unintended results of their experiments were entertaining. So I’ll give it 2 stars.
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LibraryThing member Inky_Fingers
The magic food shop has been done, and by far better writers. Do yourself a favor and read "Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles" instead.




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