The Magic Ingredient
(A Bar Harbor Holiday Novel)
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: October 13th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The end of summer is approaching, but even at the height of Bar Harbor’s tourist season, Eve Silver is having a hard time keeping enough money in the bank to sustain the family business. Her only hope of paying past due bills is to win the catering bid for the town’s upcoming Harvest Happening Festival. Otherwise, it’ll be lights out for Mount Desserts & Tea by Christmas.
Widower Jeff Parish is moving with his twelve-year-old daughter, Candy, from Manhattan to Maine with one goal: starting over. When sparks fly between Jeff and Eve as the town readies for the annual harvest festival, Candy wishes she had a love potion to help her dad fall in love again.
Will Eve be able to save Mount Desserts & Tea—and open her heart to Jeff—by the most bewitching night of the year? It’ll take a lot of love, a little bit of luck … and just a pinch of magic.
Lindy Miller is an author of feel-good love stories that are full of sweet moments and happy endings. She believes the best time to fall in love is during the holidays, preferably over a cup of warm tea or a delicious vegan pastry – two things she can’t get enough of.
A free spirit, Lindy loves to travel and has a soft spot for Bar Harbor, Maine though she grew up at home in the South. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and bakes as often as she can for her husband, son, and pets – especially her golden retriever, Finn, who has a tendency to show up in her stories (and her Instagram!)
Lindy is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management and supported by Smith Publicity.
Member Romantic Novelist Association (RNA).
I had been playing with the idea of writing a story set in my former hometown of Bar Harbor for some time, but had never settled on the right hook—would it be historical, reflecting on Maine’s witchy history, or inspired by beautiful Acadia and maritime history of the area? Would it be romance, a story that helped readers fall as much in love with Bar Harbor as I had?
What eventually led me to the story idea that became The Magic Ingredient was when I realized how much like home Bar Harbor felt, even though I didn’t live there anymore. There is such an incredible sense of community there—a feeling of belonging. I wanted to write a story where everyone—readers and characters—found their own special home in Bar Harbor, and that developed into the growing universe in the Bar Harbor Holiday Series with Rosewind Books, starting with The Magic Ingredient.
What made the story actually happen, though, is a bit of a tale unto itself! My family was on our annual two-week vacation in Bar Harbor when I took a pretty terrible spill hiking and shattered my dominant wrist—ouch! I spent the next several days laid up in my hotel room, watching the goings-on of Main Street Bar Harbor from my window. When I was well enough, I planted myself on the grass at Agamont Park, right at the end of Main Street where Eve’s patisserie is set. Every day I watched ships sail in and out of harbor and watched tourists walk along Main Street, reflecting on when I was twelve—Candy’s age, as well as nearly my son’s age at the time—and my family moved to town. I thought about the friends I still had locally, about how much had changed, and how much had stayed the same. When my very sweet son brought me a whoopie pie from one of the shops, the story just fell into place in my mind.