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I really enjoyed this short and clean romance. It was pretty fast moving with a nice ending. Would like to read more of this series. Nice if you don't have time for a long read. I think I received this for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* because it left me wanting to know more.
Title: Sugar and Spice
Author: Cecelia Dowdy
Publisher: Define Desserts Publishing
Series: The Bakery Romance Series # 4
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Sugar and Spice" by Cecelia Dowdy
"Sugar and Spice" was another good 'Bakery Romance series' that will keep your attention turning the pages to see what happening next. The two main characters Sheila Parks and Mason Smith were well defined and believable giving the reader a good Christian romantic fiction read. For Sheila had been dealt a bad hand from a horrible breakup with her ex[Reese]. It was hard to understand why this ex didn't even tell Sheila that he had a 'twin' brother. When Mason [the other twin] meets Sheila it wasn't a pleasant meeting. Now, I don't want to give too much away about that other than to say it did have me shaking my head and even laughing a bit. However, things do start to look up for this heroine because employment is what she needed at this time and Mason was there to help her out. However, there was still something that was bothering Sheila. Would she be able to share with Mason and listen to her friend and mom? For Mason will there be some help out their for him that he had needed for a long time? I like how these two were put together in this sweet romantic story. We find both of the characters had some problems that needed fixing. How will this all be worked out for Sheila and Mason? Will they get their HEA in the end? Again, you will have to pick up the good novella to see how this author brings it all out so well to the readers. Would I recommend? YES, the whole Bakery Romance series: "Raspberry Kisses, Shades Of Chocolate, Sweet Dreams and this read....Sugar and Spice" that you will truly enjoy. Oh, I almost forgot...those amazing sweet treats that were from Mason's bakery sounded like some good eats.
Published by: Bookouture (16 September 2016)
Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.
Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.
Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?
Christmas at the Little Village Bakery is a scrummy, hug of a book that just oozes warmth. The story is touching, a little poignant yet humorous at times, and the cast of characters are a delight. The way they weave together is masterful and getting to know them was a real pleasure. I wanted to move to the village and make friends with them all, and of course sample baked goods!
This is the perfect feel good Christmas stocking filler for readers of romance. Although it's gorgeously frothy, the writing is great and the story isn't predictable, a definite bonus! Although I've not read the first in the Honeybourne series, it didn't matter as this reads week as a stand alone and the characters are introduced really well. I will be reading book 1 in the not too distant future though!
What a delightful story! Polly and Chris' business has gone bankrupt. Polly has moved to Mt. Pol where she takes the time to sit a while before she moves on with her life. Using baking bread from scratch to calm her nerves, she secretly begins baking bread for the townspeople. Adjusting to the wrath of her landlady, she comes up with a plan to bake bread and sell it in the bakery below where she lives while the landlady does cakes and pasties at the other bakery she owns. It benefits them both. Polly moves on and meets the townspeople, falls in love, and makes plans to stay.
I enjoyed this story. The characters are fun. I laughed. I cried. I felt bad for Polly at times because sometimes she does nothing right. She is so human but strong. I loved her best friend Kerensa who is always urging her to date and move back to Plymouth until she meets some of the people there. The landlady and the fishermen round out the townspeople as does Huckle, the beekeeper. He knows what Polly is going through. He has to learn the hard way that running away does not change the situation nor make him happy. Polly and Huckle could have communicated better and quit thinking they know what the other is thinking and jumping to conclusions.
The story was so good. I fell in love with it. Just a good read that I fell in love with.