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Love isn't always a cakewalk....

Gigi Hawthorne is starting from scratch. She just didn't realize until her crappy car broke down that she was going to be doing it in a small town in Vermont. With an eye for design and some serious decorating skills, she's managed to land a job making delectable treats for the patrons of the Busy Bean. Now she's up to her elbows in sugar and flour, but her thoughts are never far from her gorgeous, brooding landlord.

Holden St. James swears he isn't a recluse. He goes to the local coffee shop three times a week, doesn't he? Yeah, maybe he never actually talks to anyone, but with a backstory of loss, pain, and regret like his, he's pretty sure he wouldn't be very good company anyway. Yet something about his new tenant makes him wonder if maybe it's time to let someone open the oven door and release a little heat into his closed-off world. 

But both are hiding secrets as dark as an espresso mocha cupcake and they're not sure if they can trust each other. Will the truth break their delicate relationship into sad, sweet crumbs - or will it turn out to be the key ingredient in the recipe for a new life?

Contains mature themes.

©2021 Claire Hastings (P)2021 Tantor

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Narration and Cheesy Dialogue

I don't like the male narrator's voice portrayal of the female protagonist in the story, to the point that I had to speed up the play so that it was less grating and I got through the story quicker. While the storyline itself and the characters for the most part are good, and it's situated in what is of course a wonderful book universe, I found the dialogue between the characters to be cheesy, a little forced at times, and sometimes repetitive. Overall, this is my least favorite of the True North books so far. If you don't mind the male narrator and aren't triggered by talk of spousal abuse, it's worth a read. Happy ending!

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Second chances

After escaping an abusive relationship, southern socialite, Gigi, finds her self in the middle of small town Vermont with a job she doesn’t know how to do & living with a grumpy reclusive widower.

This is wonderful story of second chances with a mysterious little twist.