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Love is like a perfect recipe…
You never want to lose it.
Years ago, Kelly McIntyre and Andrew York were engaged and dreaming of opening a restaurant together. Then he chose an opportunity to study in Paris over the small-town life they’d planned, and their romance came to a bittersweet end.
But Kelly’s doing fine. She’s not only the owner of a potbellied pig named Gray, but also of her own bakery. Business is good—so good that she’s invited to compete in a Valentine’s Day bake-off. As she prepares for the contest, she tries not to get distracted by Andrew’s visit to town.
When Andrew sees Kelly, it stirs up his old feelings. Little does he know that soon, in New York, he’ll compete against her in the bake-off…and they’ll both realize how much their past is a part of them still.
This irresistible romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Honey Almond Cake with Berries and Mascarpone Crème Fraiche.
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Fly Girl’s Review:
Nothing like a sweet romance for Valentine’s Day!!! This one sure fits the bill. It’s full of heart, love, angst, and a Happily Ever After…If you don’t have a date for tonight, you should pick this one up. It will definitely soothe the soul. So I finished this a couple days ago, but it was good and I definitely recommend it if you like sweet romance in the style of Samantha Chase.
This is the first book I’ve read by Nancy Naigle and it was definitely a good pick on my part. The bakery chef storyline just sounded to too amazing to pass up. Lucky for me Nancy delivers on all fronts. The recipes were mouth watering as well as the romance. It felt like I was right there in the kitchen with them figuring out the elements to go on a cake. It was great. This is a heartwarming story about high school sweethearts who lose their way for a few years and come back together in a series of strange coincidences. She takes us through the small town with dates and things they do together while figuring out what means the most to them. So you get to know the town, not just on a superficial level, but really a good feel for what it’s like in this place she’s created.
There romance is not the typical second chance, where they accidentally bump into one another. This one is very hard because you got a sense of their love before the break up happened and Andrew is completely in the wrong on this one and has to figure out how to make amends and show Kelly he won’t do it again. After all the stuff he’s done and said, by the end of the book you feel like he has repented enough to get a HEA. Kelly deserves it from the get go, but I love how Nancy makes the time between for Kelly very good and turns her into her own force of nature. It gives her choices in the end and although you know she’s going to choose Andrew, it’s nice to know she has them.
So for a nice quiet read in bed this is the one for you. It’s a quick read that has all the elements I love. And since there are no cliffhangers, I’m giving this a 4.5 of 5. Happy reading…
4.5 of 5 Propellers
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USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. She began her popular contemporary romance series, Adams Grove, while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre farm. She went on to produce works in collaboration with other authors, including the hilarious southern fiction G Team series. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll author, her books have been translated in multiple languages and received favorable reviews from major trade journals.
Crown Media is bringing two of Nancy’s novels to Hallmark’s holiday programming. Nancy is also currently working on original novels for Hallmark Publishing.
Nancy is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Addison Cole, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com~ open 24/7 just for you.
Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and horseback riding with friends. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.