What’s the recipe for a second chance at love?
After six blissful years with scientist boyfriend Owen, Bella Beecham was convinced he was about to pop the question she’d been longing to hear. Instead, he accepted a prestigious job in California and left England without a backwards glance. Now, Owen’s back in the village of Saffron Sweeting, and appears to be more eligible than ever. Bella’s determined that the man of her dreams won’t slip through her fingers again.
But her plans to tone up, trim down, and tempt Owen back into her life prove bittersweet. Although Bella’s talent for baking wins her new friends, her tasty treats have a disconcerting tendency to sabotage her own intentions. And as her increasingly bold attempts to recapture Owen’s heart stumble, Bella must question whether she’s chasing a guy who wants to be caught.
A British romantic comedy featuring both familiar characters and fresh faces, Sweet Pursuits explores how a young woman seeking her soulmate must first learn to love herself.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 303 pages (Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Genre: British Chick Lit
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: January 26th 2017
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This was such a good read. I don't read a lot of chick lit or romance these days (I'm a mood reader) but it was nice to delve into some good old (new actually!) British Chick Lit and I am not, I repeat not exaggerating when I say that I love Pauline Wiles little village of Saffron Sweeting.
Bella was one of those characters that I had to learn to love. I liked her just fine in the beginning of the book but it wasn't until nearer the end that I really grew to love her and I think that's because the story started going the way I wanted to. Now, when I say that I don't mean it in a bad way. I just thought that being the experienced reader I am that I could use The Force™ to force her to do give Owen up (I wanted to kick him in the "shins").
I get where Bella is coming from though, when a relationship especially a long term one ends it is hard to get over and I know she wanted him back because she loved him but I'm very glad to report that in the end Bella ended up choosing herself and what truly made her happy. I enjoyed seeing her character grow and I really do think she's one of my favourite characters to come across in the last little while. She's basically someone I wouldn't mind being friends with and despite some of her weaker moments she was great.
While this isn't the first book in the Saffron Sweeting series it's actually, it was the first one in the series that I've read and I'll let you know that it's one that I'm going to continue reading. The characters, setting and atmosphere was quaint, adorable and delicious. If you love baking/eating check out this charming bit of chick lit! It's perfect for rainy days or to battle the winter blues. If you want a book that will brighten your day I highly suggest giving this one a try especially if you have a sweet tooth!
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