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Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton

Title: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Author: Linn B. Halton
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …

Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.

But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?

Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.

But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …
Katie’s dream of owning a bakery has become a reality, but unfortunately is not everything she thought it would be. She’s happy baking and decorating her cakes, she also enjoys the contact with her customers, but the administrative part of her business is something she doesn’t like much. She also could do without the pressure that her boyfriend, Steve is putting on her. She knows starting businesses is what he knows best, but she wishes Steve will understand that her vision is not to become rich, but to do something she loves doing. Steve thinks helping Katie improve her business is what she wants, that only shows how little he knows her after more than 10 years together.
Katie has been question herself and her life goals, but is not until a stranger in need of help enters her bakery that she realizes she is not happy with her life and the way she is living it. Since the moment Adam crossed her threshold Katie hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him. He also made her realized that she is not in love with Steve anymore. The problem is every day that passes Steve is more and more involved in her business and doing a clean break will be impossible. Also seeing Adam only occasionally doesn’t help Katie in making a decision, but sometimes you can rush destiny, you just need to be patient until is the right time.

Katie and Adam’s points of view mainly tell the story; but we also get some chapters from Adam’s grandmother, Grace and Steve’s points of view. Being in their heads helps to get the bigger picture of what they are feeling and what they are expecting from life.

Although Katie is a sweet person with a good heart she got on my nerves quite a bit. Seeing her make bad decisions after bad decisions was a bit frustrating. Despite this, I really wanted her to find her HEA.

Adam is a good person, a good father and a good family man, but I thought he behaved sometimes a little bit like a doormat. I wanted to see more the man than the father. I wanted to know his likes and dislikes, but almost everything we saw about him was about his daughter or his grandmother.

Although Halton tried to portrait Steve as a not great boyfriend or person, I couldn’t help but see the positive attributes he had. I think his pairing with Katie was more like being with the wrong person, for the wrong reasons than being a bad man.

One character I really liked was Adam’s grandmother, Grace. Her love for her family was easily felt and I loved her insights about love, family and what was important in life. I really felt bad for her, I can’t imagine being in her position and seeing the person you love make mistakes over and over and not being able to do anything about it.

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton is a sweet story that develops over time. It’s a story about finding what you really want and being true to yourself. I liked A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love, but unfortunately I didn’t love it. I don’t know if it was the slow pace or the way it was written, but for me it was missing something.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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