Jenna is a waitress in a small southern town, working at a little diner called Joe's Pie Diner. She makes special pies based on specific feelings and situations with names like "I Hate My Husband Pie".
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Trapped in an unhappy marriage to the abusive and controlling Earl, she dreams of running away and has been secretly saving up money to do just that. Her plans are thrown for a loop when she discovers that she is pregnant, and subsequently begins an affair with her OB/GYN. The doctor is kind and handsome, but married.
Jenna slowly goes from resenting the pregnancy to looking forward to meeting her child, and keeps a diary of thoughts written as letters to the baby detailing her dreams and hopes.
When the baby is born, Jenna is overcome with love for her new daughter. Earl is disappointed when it's a girl instead of a boy, and reminds Jenna of her promise not to love the child more than she loves Earl. This callous comment shocks Jenna out of her complacency, and she realizes she finally needs to change her life despite the fears and excuses that have prevented her so far.
She tells Earl that she wants a divorce and he retaliates by refusing to pay her hospital bills and abandoning her and the baby. Facing a future that is wide open but full of risks Jenna faces it with her friends help.
Best part of story, including ending:
The focus on a woman caught in that place in life where you can put off things forever in order to avoid risk, or take a chance.
Best scene in story:
All of the pie creation scenes are funny and make you hungry.
Opinion about the main character:
I liked that she is flawed but still likeable.