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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Sweetest Thing by Cathy Woodman

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place to be whether the weather outside is frightful or fanciful; we'll keep you in reading skies of blue.

Today, we're playing host to a blog tour via TLC blog Tours starring a Women's Fiction title from across the pond both in setting and from whom it was penned.  That's right!  It's our own little British invasion of sorts, just carried out bookishly.  Sounds good?  Ah, but it is and speaking of which, let's not beat around the bush any longer than, shall we?  Today's book of choice and blog tour guest is...

The Sweetest Thing
Cathy Woodman
Arrow, Random House UK

About the book....
If only everything in life was as simple as baking a cake…
Jennie Copeland thought she knew the recipe for a happy life: marriage to her university sweetheart, a nice house in the suburbs and three beautiful children. But when her husband leaves her, she is forced to find a different recipe. And she thinks she’s found just what she needs: a ramshackle house on the outskirts of the beautiful Talyton St George, a new cake-baking business, a dog, a horse, chickens…
But life in the country is not quite as idyllic as she’d hoped, and Jennie can’t help wondering whether neighbouring farmer Guy Barnes was right when he told her she wouldn’t last the year.
Or perhaps the problem is that she’s missing one vital ingredient to make her new life a success. Could Guy be the person to provide it?

What is it about this genre or rather sub genre that always seems to involve baked goods?  I'm thinking perhaps because they tend to be along the lines of comfort food and in today's world, we need all the comfort we can get!  Here we have a leading lady fresh on the market if you know what I mean and looking to make a new life for herself and her kids.  It wasn't have she pictured this phase of her life but you know when life throws you lemons, sometimes you have to spike the lemonade to make it through!  Just kidding, unless your version of "spiking" things includes a cup of sugar and the use of a rather large, rather unusual oven that could bring some to tears.  Anywho....

Jenny is trying to start anew and despite the wintry cold shoulders she receives initially from both the kids and her new neighbor, she is bound and determined to make this work.  In fact, her work itself will be invading the home soon as she embarks on following a long seeded dream of hers about to be realized.  Running her own bakery.  Grant it, she's merely thinking about how much she loves to share her wares with others and the smile her goods bring to their faces, but ALL BIG THINGS have to start someone and start out small.  Will she succeed not just in the office but in the home?  Will she perhaps lose faith in herself due to circumstances recently befalling her that simply were out of her control?  Will she bring down the walls of her heart to try once again to connect with someone, something worth the mess it creates?  You'll have to read it to find out but trust me, once we get into the who's why's and how's, you'll not want to let go.  

The short of it all is this....while the characters invite you to look closer, the story beckons you to proceed with caution.  All the talk of baked goods will definitely have your mouth will the potential for relationships to be formed *ahem*.  I guarantee you'll walk away having enjoyed your stay in the English countryside, whether you're 100% on board with the story or not.  A recommended read for Women's Lit fans and Chick Lir readers.

Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to participate in this promotion.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this tour as well as those forth coming, be sure to stop by their official site or friend them on Facebook.  This title is available now so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf near you.  Can't wait to run out to the store?  No worries!  Here's a few online options to get you or the ebook enthusiast in your household started....Amazon, B&N, iBookstore, Google, Kobo.  Don't forget to pay a visit to my sister stop today as both this title AND 'Country Loving' hit the virtual pages of Good Girl Gone Redneck.

Until next time...happy reading!


Felicity Grace Terry said...

If only everything in life was as simple as baking a cake?

A disaster in the kitchen as you know, thankfully I find life so much easier than baking a cake.

Great review as always, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Now I'm away to have a cuppa and cake.

Anonymous said...

You definitely can't go wrong with baked goods in my world!

I'm glad you enjoyed this tasty book. Thanks for being on the tour!

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