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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1085 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (September 30, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7W1E6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The youngest of four children, Elizabeth Bass grew up outside of a very small town in East Texas in pre-NetFlix days. The first loves in her life were animals and Humphrey Bogart. Had it not been for a father who kept the house full of books and some tireless elementary school teachers, she could have happily remained an illiterate rabbit caretaker addicted to black-and-white films on the late late show.

Before writing Miss You Most of All, she published thirty romance and women's fiction novels under the name Liz Ireland and co-authored two Regencies with her sister as Alexandra Bassett.

She lives with her husband in Montreal, where she writes and does freelance editing. An elderly cat or dog (or two...or four) can usually be found in her apartment, and during the busiest day she can often find time to sneak in an old movie.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ADITI SAHA on October 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
“Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.”

-Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Yes once in a while, we do need a birthday cake kind of novel to ease off our mind which gets often heavy while reading those impressionistic and articulate literary novels. Life is Sweet by Elizabeth Bass has all the ingredients to be your perfect birthday cake. Melodramatic- check, cheesy characters- check, predictable ending making us all teary eyed- check, over-the-top chemistry- check, girl problems- check.

Synopsis:
“If you wait for a cake to be given to you so you will be happy- then you will be happy when someone gives you a cake. But if you buy a cake (or bake one) for yourself so you will be happy, you have found the way of happiness.” -C. Joy Bell C, author and also known for her cake-love.
That's what Rebecca Hudson used to do- bake cupcakes, whenever life threw her lemons. Rebecca Hudson is former TV star, who is now the owner of a bakery, and her cupcakes are quite popular in her town, Leesburg. She had a great set of girl-friends and a very friendly ex-husband and sometimes, occasionally she used to get bugged by her fans. One fine day she sees a man, who is old enough to be her father, across her bakery, who happens to be homeless and penniless. Feeling sympathetic, Rebecca soon befriends that man. Eventually the mysterious man becomes like that missing ray of sunshine in Rebecca's already lonely life. And with a growing passion for her new customer, who happens to be a single dad, Rebecca is feeling happier and merrier every-day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tobi from Forget the Housework, I'm Reading... on October 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
First thoughts after…
Write it down. This is one of the first times I've been perfectly content with the ending of a book!

How distracted did I get?
Life is Sweet is a fun women's fiction. It's a bit different than what I normally read but this book had me reeled in after a few chapters. I enjoyed Becca and her history. She's easy to like and trusts easily. She's a faithful friend whether her friends are or not. Olivia, stole my heart. She's wrapped up in a hot mess and I wanted to give her hugs and take her home. Pam, Olivia's bff and employee, I wanted to like her but I wanted to Bless her Heart through most of the book. Matthew, I felt for him as much as I did for Becca and Olivia. He's sweet, loves a child that's not his almost as much as if she were his own, and a hottie mctottie! I loved his journey through the book.

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I liked a lot about this book. Becca, Matthew and Olivia are all nice yet flawed characters. Olivia comes across as a 10 year old girl. She's not always logical, she sometimes gets sulky but she's not bratty. She's an interesting character. Becca annoyed me at first because she was so annoyed anytime anyone mentioned her TV career but I think you gradually see why that is. Matthew's a sweet guy who is doing his best and trying to do what he thinks is right. I thought Walt was an interesting character and while I did guess the twist fairly early it was fun to see it unravel. The pacing was good and I never felt like the story was dragging even when I didn't like what was going on in the plot.
Unfortunately, there was also quite a bit that didn't work for me in this book. I had a really difficult time being okay that Matthew was in a relationship while he and Becca are realizing their feelings for each other. There isn't even a real hint of cheating and it's very obvious from the beginning that Matthew's relationship isn't as it should be. That being said it just didn't sit well with me - a personal pet peeve I guess. While I liked Pam and Erin at the beginning and end of the book they were pretty awful in the middle of the story. They definitely fit the saying with friends like these who needs enemies. At around the 70% mark the story kind of took a left turn and a lot happened. It fit with the story but it just seemed like a lot crammed into the last 30%. I wish the book could have been split up a little differently.

Overall: While there were some aspects of the story that didn't quite sit with me I did really enjoy reading it. Bass's characters feel very well developed and this was always a book I wanted to pick up and find out what was going to happen next.
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Life is Sweet is a fun novel filled with warmth, laughter, love and taking life’s curve-balls in stride.

‘Tina thinks you should get a life.’ Rebecca Hudson is a former Hollywood television star and deeply resents that she can’t seem to escape fans that still think of her as darling little Tina from Me Minus You. After losing her momentum in Hollywood early on in her career, Becca eventually moves to a quaint, small town in Virginia in an attempt to leave her child-star past behind her.

Upon moving to Leesburg, Becca pursues her love of baking by opening The Strawberry Cake Shop. Becca’s love of cake had come directly from her mom… As long as there was cake, Ronnie had said, you had a little happiness on a plate. Her shop is decorated with her other life-long love – horses! Becca keeps her horse Harvey at her ex-husband Cal’s horse farm and has managed to stay on somewhat friendly terms with him. It helps that Cal has been long-term friends with Becca’s friend Pam, one of the members of the “Not-Book-Club” trio.

Although everyone thinks her shop is named for the Strawberry Cake that she sells, The Strawberry Cake Shop is named after the cake Becca’s mom would whip up for every birthday. Becca makes this cake for her own enjoyment when she starts to miss her mother because it represents happiness and love. “This is the kind of cake my mom used to make on my birthday,” she told the group as they beheld the finished product. “Just like it’s always happy hour somewhere, it must be someone’s birthday somewhere, right?” I love this quote and the idea that there’s always an excuse to eat cake!

Through life’s ups and downs, Becca now has an ex-husband that owns a horse farm, a successful business and two of the best friends a girl could ever ask for.
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