Twenty years ago, fourteen-year-old Valerie rushed off for lunch with her boyfriend instead of properly putting away a packet of balloons, and her little brother choked to death on his third birthday. In response, Valerie locked down every aspect of her life so she could never lose control like that again, and she’s still doing that today.
So when her sister Gloria is found comatose after an apparently random attack, Valerie is desperate to do something, anything, to save her only remaining sibling. But as a financial controller for a “nothing bigger than a size six” fashion designer, she has no medical background and no idea of how to help. But she has to find a way.
Since Gloria has always wanted to be a size zero, Valerie hits on food as the answer: by eating less, she will lose the weight Gloria now can’t and somehow save her sister that way. But when “eating less” turns into a frantic starvation diet to reach size zero before Gloria dies, will Valerie’s self control save her sister or destroy her own life?
Forrest Williams had finally healed from the car accident
that killed his fiancee, but a new injury now threatens his professional
hockey career. Even allowing for everything he's suffered, the depth of the
emotional and physical pain Tess senses in Forrest at their first meeting
shocks her, and she puts aside her artistic aspirations for two months to help
When Forrest shows Tess's dioramas to his mother, who owns a
top Toronto art gallery, she agrees to sell Tess's work but her rules and
restrictions stifle Tess's creativity. Giving up the career of her dreams is
unthinkable, but losing the freedom and joy she'd always found in her art is
unbearable, and Tess can't seem to find a way to have both at once.
With her memories from seventeen to thirty-two gone, Kate
has no idea who she is and where she belongs. As she begins to fall for the man
who found her, she wonders if she forgot those years for a reason. Should she
keep trying to retrieve her original self, or start a new life?
Thirty-somethings Brittany and Kyle have only been together four months, but she knows he's the one. Hosting Thanksgiving dinner at their Toronto apartment, with the food catered since neither of them are good cooks, will be a perfect way for their relatives to meet and become one big happy family.
Marilyn and Virginia have hated each other for nearly sixty years, since Virginia got herself pregnant by Marilyn's boyfriend then married him. Both too stubborn to leave their small Ontario town and let the other one win, their feud rages on whenever they encounter each other and particularly at the town's annual pie-making contest, which only they enter because nobody else dares to get caught in their crossfire.
When the relatives arrive on Thanksgiving, the truth comes out: Marilyn is Brittany's grandmother, and Virginia is Kyle's. And for once Marilyn and Virginia agree on something: no relation of that horrible woman is good enough for my grandchild.
Desperate to stop the unending guilt trips but not willing to cut the grandmothers they love from their lives, Brittany and Kyle accept an invitation to the ultimate battle: the pie-making contest. If they win, the grandmothers agree to accept their relationship, or at least pretend to, and be civil to each other. Lose? The grandmothers will never again be in the same room, so Brittany and Kyle will spend every holiday separately while listening to their grandmothers criticize their partners.
With only two months to learn to bake a better pie than women who've been at it for decades, can Brittany and Kyle win "The Game of Pies" and save their relationship?