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Wedding Girl / Stacey Ballis
Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancé were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie splashed across the tabloids—fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and one-hundred percent screwed on her dream life. The icing on the cake was when she lost her job and her home.
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery / Jenny Colgan
A thriving bakery. A lighthouse to call home. A handsome beekeeper. A pet puffin. These are the things that Polly Waterford can call her own. This is the beautiful life she leads on a tiny island off the southern coast of England. But clouds are gathering on the horizon. A stranger threatens to ruin Polly’s business. Her beloved boyfriend seems to be leading a secret life. And the arrival of a newcomer—a bereft widow desperately searching for a fresh start—forces Polly to reconsider the choices she’s made, even as she tries to help her new friend through grief.
The Status of All Things / Liz Fenton
Kate is a 35-year-old social media obsessed woman, who, after being jilted at her rehearsal dinner, discovers she can change her life by what she writes in her Facebook status. Heartbroken and confused over why she was left, she wishes to go back in time–to before her fiance Max, broke things off– so she can try to save their relationship. Because it turns out, the reason Max ended their engagement has a lot to do with Kate’s close friend and co-worker, Courtney.
The Cake Therapist / Judith M. Fertig
A talented pastry chef who can actually “taste” feelings, Claire “Neely” O’Neil returns home to Millcreek Valley, Ohio, to escape her crumbling marriage and, while starting a new bakery, finds her past coming back to haunt her in unexpected ways. Includes teaser and reader’s guide.
The Seafront Tearoom / Vanessa Greene
The first rule of afternoon tea: Never rush. Take time to savor it. Just like friendship… The Seafront Tearoom is an insider secret in small-town Scarborough–a beachfront haven with the best tea and cakes in town–and journalist Charlie Harrison would love to put it on the map with a feature in her magazine. But single mom Kat Murray doesn’t want to see her favorite sanctuary overrun by tourists, and begs Charlie to seek out other options.
Trouble When You Walked In / Kieran Kramer
When the current mayor, Ivan Eriksson, threatens to shut down the town’s library due to lack of funding, Hennessy O’Brien fights him at every step until their battle takes a romantic turn.
Mystic Summer / Hannah McKinnon
Maggie Griffin is content with her life in Boston. She teaches at a private day school, and she and her actor boyfriend Evan seem fully committed. However, the wedding preparations for her best friend Erika mark a turning point. Maggie’s friends are getting married, buying houses, and getting ready to have babies. When Maggie’s job is threatened, Evan is paired with a hot model in his TV show, and Erika’s plans for a ceremony in Boston are thrown into turmoil. It’s time for Maggie to reevaluate her situation. Perhaps returning home to Mystic, CT, for the wedding and comfort time will help
The All You Can Dream Buffet / Barbara O’Neal
Determined to find a worthy heir, eighty-four-year-old foodie queen Lavender Willis invites three online friends, all foodie bloggers of different backgrounds, to her farm where she hopes one of them will follow in her footsteps.
The Icing on the Cupcake / Jennifer Ross
When Ansley Waller’s fiance Parish cancels their upcoming wedding, Ansley decides to leave Dallas and make a fresh start. In a surprise move, she heads to New York City to live with her recently widowed grandmother Vivian, who gives Ansley an ultimatum: get a job or go home. Before long, she’s opening up her own cupcake shop and even trying her hand at dating.
The Canterbury Sisters / Kim Wright
Che Milan’s life is falling apart. Not only has her longtime lover abruptly dumped her, but her eccentric, demanding mother has recently died. When an urn of ashes arrives, along with a note reminding Che of a half-forgotten promise to take her mother to Canterbury, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage. Within days she joins a group of women who are walking the sixty miles from London to the shrine of Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. As she is forced to slow down and notice the world around her, as the women swap stories as they walk, Che learns about the grace of imperfection.