The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie is a beautiful and yes, magical story about how some dreams can really come true, but it takes a great deal of work and much forgiveness. In this uplifting story, Lolly Blanchard lost her mother tragically while she was in college overseas. Her dream had always been to open her own restaurant in London. She had always worked in her parent’s diner, and she was excited to begin her own journey. But unfortunately, her dreams had to be put on hold as her father and baby sister at the time needed all of her to get through this terrible time. So, she heads back to Seattle to take care of both her sister and father, while thinking about her mother every day as she would make her mother’s famous Lemon Drop Pie.

Now in her 30’s, Lolly is still at the diner helping her father while her sister is in college. One day her sister finds an old list of Lolly’s. It includes things she wanted to accomplish in the future. As she peruses the list, she finds she has not been able to fulfill any. Well, she did fulfill one, but that was years ago. That was falling in love. But she can’t let her brain go back there.

Not only does she begin to regret her decision all those years ago, but as she sees her sister and father seemingly content with their lives, she grows angrier at herself. But when her elderly aunt hands her three “magical” lemon drops which can take her back to three days in her life so she can see what it would have been like, she does not believe it. Until she eats the first lemon drop and ends up in London as she sleeps.

Confused, she begins to feel sadness at the life she chose. But what she discovers through the magic of the lemon drops is that a life well-lived can mean just that. Sometimes just by loving and taking care of those around you can be the greatest gift you can ever give. And once you begin to forgive yourself, you too can begin to achieve what you really want.

As she lets go of the anger and resentment, she begins to embrace the present and makes decisions in her own life. And in that is the power.

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie is a lovely story of love, loss, what-ifs and learning to be the person you want to be, not the person everyone else assumed you were.

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