Friday, 15 January 2016

Review: A little Sugar, a Lot of love by Linn B Halton

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
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 …

Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.

Shona's review 5 of 5 stars

This isn't your traditional romance novel, this is a tale of two people who slowly wake up and take control of their own lives. They realise things as they are aren't working the way they want to and they take small steps to fix it. The Adam and Katie we meet at the beginning of this book are clearly not ready for a relationship together... but what happens when small changes are made?

With the book alternating between Adam and Katies point of view (and the occasional chapter from other characters POV's) we get a really good look inside their heads. But still, I was pulling at my hair and urging Katie to please walk away from her oh so manipulative boyfriend. I imagine it must be quite hard to just walk away from someone who has been through such a traumatic event, but I'm pretty sure Steve knows this and is using it against her... although we do get a glimpse into Steves head and he may not even realise he is doing this. Doesn't excuse him though, and it didn't affect the opinion I already have of him.

Adam is the caring father and grandson, but he just seems so lost. It's as though he has lost himself. Since the break up of his marriage he has devoted his life to his daughter, working only in the week when she isn't with him. And when he does finally realise that there needs to be more to life, he unfortunately looks in the wrong places. He knows where he wants to look but cant quite bring himself to take that step.

Halton has once again given us a book so beautifully written, where emotion is woven between the words in this book, that on more than one occasion I was brought to tears.

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2 comments:

  1. Well, it feels like I'm taking up residency here, Shona and I absolutely adore ALL of your book reviews. Thank you so much for your support and for taking the time to read and review my books. This is one I would like to frame! Lxx

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  2. Awww, love it! Fab review. Well done, Linn! Thanks for sharing, Shona! :) xx

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