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A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love (When Destiny Calls Book 1) by Linn B Halton

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Kindle Edition: 320 Pages.

Published: 15 January 2016 by Choc Lit



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 can’t help but feel 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 …


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When fate takes a hand nothing can stand in the way of love

This is a novel which leans heavily on the concept of fate - that two people are "made" for each other and that the world will make sure that they come together. It also has a slight supernatural/whimsical air to it. If you can accept both those things, and for the right novel I can, then you will find this a delightful little romance.

Katie runs her own business making cupcakes. She is in a relationship with a man who can only be described as controlling. Steve is trying to engage with Katie but he really doesn't understand her and so he tries to make her business professional and large whilst she wants to keep it cosy. Steve isn't really a bad man - he just doesn't listen to Katie. Katie isn't really weak - she just can't think of any alternatives.

Adam is a widower who is visiting his grandmother and wants to bring her a gift. He finds himself in Katie's shop and they forge a quick friendship. Over time, Adam has to call into the shop more often and he and Katie are aware that if it was not for the fact that they live far apart and that Katie is in a relationship there might be something there ....

The book is written with switching narratives - mainly Katie and Adam but Steve and Adam's Grandma Grace also get their say. I would actually have liked a bit more of this as I think that it worked well to establish all the main characters as believable people and also to show different points of views of issues. The story takes place over a period of time and I think it is possibly stretching the bounds of probability to think that so few meetings constitute a budding relationship but then again, if they are meant for each other ....

This is an enjoyable contemporary romance with lots of charm. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

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