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Sugar and Spice Paperback – May 15, 2014
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"I recommend Sugar and Spice to everyone who loves a sweet romance, and to every foodie. The tender emotions of the main characters and the descriptions of food will surely enchant you." (Long and Short Reviews)
About the Author
ANGELA BRITNELL was born in St. Stephen, Cornwall, England. After completing her A-Levels she worked in Gosport and Torpoint as a naval secretary. Angela was then posted to a small NATO Headquarters on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark where she met her husband Richard, a US Naval Flight Officer. They lived together in Denmark, Sicily, California, southern Maryland and London before settling in Franklin, Tennessee. Angela and Richard have three children, who share their parents’ love of travel. Angela took a creative writing class in 2000 and loved it so much that she has barely put her pen down since. She has had short stories and novels published in the UK, US and Australia. Her novel Sugar and Spice, won Choc Lit’s Search for an American Star competition.
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Before they even have a start, Kenan's ex-wife shows up and puts a monkey wrench in the works- then it all gets very complicated on both sides. When there is a will there is a way and somehow Lily and Kenan find their way.
I love to watch the Food Network TV shows and I can envisage "luscious Lily"'s show. Sugar and Spice is a great treat of a book with gorgeous Cornish men and equally gorgeous locations. If you are looking for a book with the feel good factor, then this is the book for you.
Lily Redman and Kenan Rowse appealed to me instantly, mostly because they couldn’t be more different. Lily is a rising star of the Cooking Network, a bubbly, energetic workaholic, while Kenan is jobless, divorced and haunted by his past mistakes. As we follow them through the story, it turns out they are far more similar than it seems at first glance, and because of this, the chemistry between them was convincing. The way they slowly reveal their true selves to each other and how that forms a strong base for their burgeoning feelings was the highlight of the novel. The differences between them make for a dynamic relationship from the first meeting on, and it only intensifies as several obstacles come in the way of them admitting their feelings and being together.
The novel starts off to a fast pace, but it loses steam in the middle with Lily and Kenan dilly-dallying about what to do about their growing relationship, until it picks up again towards the end. The story becomes more complex and intriguing as more and more side characters appear, but most of these are portrayed too black and white, which is a shame as more complex characters could’ve lead to an even more intense plot. Especially the last conflict would’ve been more intense if Lily’s ex lover Patrick had not been presented so one-dimensionally. The American/Cornish language peculiarities make for a few funny moments, but the conversations between Kenan’s eight-year-old daughter Mandy and the adults often feels stilted and awkward, too childish. The descriptions of cooking and food, however, show the author’s great knowledge and love of the topic as the scenes are mouth-watering.
I recommend Sugar and Spice to everyone who loves a sweet romance, and to every foodie. The tender emotions of the main characters and the descriptions of food will surely enchant you.
originally posted at long and short reviews.
The writing seemed to flow quite easily and I found myself thinking that the author may be an American, only because of the way she had Lilly pegged as a girl “from the South”. The luggage, the love of a great recipe, conversation and appearance was somewhat stereotyped but spot on!
The quotes “friends with benefits”, “frogs to princes” and “it’d be a bumpy ride—she’d always enjoyed dangerous driving” were entertaining.
Lily is a chef and is always on the go. She loves food, she loves her job and to her cooking is relaxing so I can't fault a woman for doing what she loves. Even if she could sit down and smell the roses now and then ;)
Kenan has issues. Trauma from his tours in Afghanistan, and unresolved conflicts with his ex.wife. He is a nice man, but does not say much.
Which means we have whirlwind meets stone. And she will break through that shell and they will slowly fall for each other.
Then we have the drama part that are from both their pasts and brings so something new into the mix. I can not tell you more...
The book felt cute and I cheered for them.