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review 2018-07-27 04:09
Review of "Strawberry Cream Cupcake & Murder" (Dana Sweet #1) by Ann S. MarieĀ 
Strawberry Cream Cupcake & Murder - Marie Ferrarella

A downloaded freebie I thought might find me a new series and be a light, quick, frothy little cozy mystery.  At time of writing this review, the kindle edition was still free.

 

Which it was.  Very sweet.  Yes, very, very, very sweet.  Even when our sweet heroine thought she found the killer and confronted she would tell them how much she understood them yet was "disappointed" in them.

 

It was a decent read with enough to keep me turning the pages -- but overall I think too sweet for me. I'm not the biggest mystery fan so someone more into cozy mysteries might have a different opinion.

 

I also did not get a sense of the small town Canadian setting other than it said she moved from NYC to a small Canadian town (residents would say things like "honey child" where the town sounded more like deep south USA).

 

For a freebie, no atrocious lack of editing or anything bad enough to spoil the read.  But some bits struck me as odd:

 

 Where customers could get of warm treat served with sweet words of encouragement—

 

Because since for her ex, Ramone, ditched her,...

 

Attention to detail had always Dana’s thing.

 

...spiced sauce wafting from in the oven.

 

A softy purring escaped the lips of her cuddly little friend. 

 

Mike appeared to have snapped out of his trans.

 

And when I told him who I was. He laughed.

 

And as for Troy blocking Evan away from her. He was simply trying to keep nefarious Evan off her back.

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review 2018-02-20 00:00
Strawberry Spiced Omega
Strawberry Spiced Omega - Susi Hawke Strawberry Spiced Omega - Susi Hawke A sweet romantic short love story involving cupid and a baby!
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review 2017-11-22 21:18
The Strawberry Apple Tree - Grace Daniel Patterson

The strawberry apple tree by Patterson_ Grace Daniel
Story starting in early 1900's of a young girl and the land she was raised on and how they got there.
Loved hearing of all the different trees that grew fruits.
Reminds me so much of my mother in law as she'd talk about the farm house and all the buildings and farm area.
Very detailed descriptions of the house, potato house LOL
Farming methods were my favorite to hear about.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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review 2017-07-10 00:00
The Strawberry Hearts Diner
The Strawberry Hearts Diner - Carolyn Brown You can't read a Carolyn Brown novel without getting attached. Her characters have a way of thawing out the coldest heart. The Strawberry Hearts Diner is another inspirational tale that worms it's way into the heart and makes a reader take notice. Jancy is a wanderer. She seems to have wanderlust in her blood, but her reality is much different. She longs to settle down and make a home for herself, permanently. Yet, circumstances continue to make that goal hard to achieve. When an unexpected turn of events introduces her to small town living and welcoming people she may have to rethink her loner ways. Can a woman used to life on her own, allow her heart to guide her home? In my opinion, it's impossible for Ms. Brown to write a bad tale. She leads with her heart and that love shines within each tale.
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review 2017-07-05 19:05
The Strawberry Hearts Diner
The Strawberry Hearts Diner - Carolyn Brown

Jancy Wilson is broke, unemployed and now she's without a car. Her plans of going to stay with her cousin in Louisiana go up in smoke when her car catches fire in the tiny town of Pick, Texas. She notices a Help Wanted sign in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner. She used to live in Pick when she was a teenager and her memories, along with the diner's famous strawberry tarts, draw her in to the diner and into a job. She only wants to save enough money to get a decent car and continue on her way. Her parents moved from place to place, so Jancy doesn't know what it's like to settle in one place. But as the close-knit community, and an old crush, welcome her with open arms, she's beginning to feel as though this little place in Texas could be home.

The cover caught my eye, it's gorgeous. And though this isn't the typical type of book I go for, it sounded cute and mushy and I thought I'd give it a try. The writing is good. The setting, the characters and the food are all brought to life. Of course it's predictable but that doesn't take away from anything. I do like how Pick is a place where everyone knows everyone and they're supportive of one another and kind, but (and I hate to say this) it also got on my nerves at times.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Montlake Romance for a copy of this book.

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