- File Size: 973 KB
- Print Length: 190 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07258Z5FL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cupcakes And Crushes (Turtle Pine Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Annie might be nice and sweet and a little bit stubborn, but my goodness, Cade is adorable. He’s had a crush on Annie since he was in his early teens, but his brother got to her first, then broke her heart and somehow broke something in Annie at the same time. Being two years younger than Annie, Cade never really thought he had much of a chance with her, but he can’t help hoping when she comes back to town. I loved him. He’s all giddy and puppyish inside, still the overeager boy, while trying desperately hard to seem grown up and adult on the outside – as you might expect from someone in their thirties. But the way he is with Annie, the silent support, the willingness to do whatever necessary just to spend time with her… it’s wonderful.
And then there are Annie’s sister. Older Tina, who has decided she and Cade are dating – whatever Cade has to say on the matter. It’s kind of funny the lengths poor Cade has is driven to in order to avoid her manipulating tactics, but it’s kind of horrifying to that someone can get what they want in such a sneaking, underhand way. As for the other sister, Jane, she doesn’t really have much of physical presence in this book, but I think Annie is well within her rights to feel the way she does. I also really liked that Annie’s hurt after all these years really doesn’t have much to do with the boy at all, it’s all about Jane and how much she hurt her. The guy is practically irrelevant, which for me made it all the more meaningful… although I’m still not entirely sure I bought that explanation. But Annie is a better person than I would likely have been.
In all this is a cute, fun, thoroughly enjoyable read with family heartaches, unexpected friendships and a romance that made feel all warm and fuzzy. I think certain things with certain sisters might have been resolved a little too easily for me (the whole Tina situation definitely felt unfinished), and more could have been said about a certain revelation involving her grandparents towards the end, but on the whole this was lovely. Have snacks on hand, though, because all that baking left me hungry.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Annie Cookie (and yes, that is really her last name), grew up with two very mean half-sisters. In order to escape their manipulative ways, she spent her school years hiding out in the local library, while missing out on the fun times of being a teenager. She found peace and serenity from a very young age working alongside her grandfather in their family-owned bakery. Immediately after graduating college, she moved to a big city and began her life as a professional baker and cake designer. Her grandfather's broken wrist brings her back to town, so that she can help him fulfill an order for 700 cupcakes.
Deputy Sheriff Cade Revlin is thrilled that Annie is back in town. He crushed on her during high school, but due to circumstances beyond his control, he never did anything about it. Now he has a second chance to show Annie how he feels and convince her to stay in the town she despises.
I liked this story, however, I found the pace to be quite low for my tastes. Annie and Cade are good together and Ms. Ford does a nice job of evolving Annie's character. I especially liked Katie, Cade's niece, for bringing in the cuteness factor and charm of an intelligent 4 year old. Annie's sisters are very well-defined and played a major role in how Annie perceived herself. Overall, this is a fun, slightly emotional story with some twists and turns that kept me engaged from beginning to end.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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