Sunday, 21 February 2016

Review: Sweet Haven by Shirlee McCoy

In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's irresistible handmade chocolates are a cherished tradition--and always a reason to celebrate. And now they're giving the three Lamont sisters, one by one, delicious chances to start again, make a change, and have their sweetest dreams come true...

Neighbors who care, a peaceful routine--accountant Adeline Lamont is glad some things about her beloved hometown never change. But when her grandfather is injured, she has to run the family store, Chocolate Haven, and make its legendary fudge. Trouble is, she can't get the recipe right to save her life--or Chocolate Haven. And she doesn't need her ornery new tenant, Sinclair Jefferson, stirring up the pot with his help--and daring Addie to taste her wild side…

Once Sinclair gets his hapless brother back on track, he's leaving Benevolence for good this time. He's made his life far away from his irresponsible family and their scandals. Trouble is, he can't quite stay away from Addie's optimism, enticing plus-size curves, and kindness to those who need it most. But they don't seem to have a thing in common--except that Addie's passion for chocolate, and for Benevolence, is just as contagious as Sinclair's passion for her. Maybe small-town life has its charms after all…

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Zebra

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is February 23rd, 2016**

I found that I was able to identify with the characters in this story.  Just like Sinclair, I could not wait to escape the small town that I grew up in and took the first opportunity I could to get out.  I wanted the anonymity of the big city and people not knowing your business or what you had for breakfast.

Now that I am older, I identify with Addie and see the appeal of the small town.  So much so that I am moving back to the country for a more peaceful way of life.

I liked the chemistry between the two in this story and how their priorities, or perceived priorities, were at odd's with each other.  This made for an interesting storyline and I was engaged to find out where it would take me.

One key item I really liked.  Addie was real.  She was not a stick figure like you find in many stories.  She was real sized (I hesitate to say plus sized because even that is normal sized in many cases).

While this story did not offer up any real surprises for me, it was thoroughly enjoyable for me.  If you are looking for a romance with some interesting and real characters, this is the story for you

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