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"The Summer Children" by Dot Hutchison
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Brandi was an amazing heroine. Her relationship with her mother was an interesting one and I felt badly for what she had to contend with and often times wondered how she was able to. But she was a strong woman and that made her endure. I loved the heat between Adam and Brandi and rooted for them from their first encounter.
One thing I also have to say is that the writing was amazing. It was descriptive, but not burdened, and the images it left in my mind still have me chuckling.
Brandi, a burgeoning entrepreneur, is down on her luck in life and love. Her teaching job is in jeopardy, her fiance left her at the altar, and don't even get me started on her overbearing/judgmental/hypercritical mother. She's on a mission to shed a few pounds and gain some much needed self-respect in time to face her ex and fit into a bridesmaid dress for her sister's wedding. So when handsome hunk and wanna-be-pastry chef Adam moves in next door and starts filling the air with the tempting aroma of chocolate, sparks fly - first the angry kind, then the oh-my-how-can-I-resist-this-taste-of-temptation kind. Brandi is a believable character you can really relate to, and it was wonderful to watch her grow comfortable in her own skin and gain the confidence to pursue her dreams thanks to Adam's encouragement. Adam, who has his own family issues, is a wonderful character with depth and tenderness to go along with some rockin' abs.
And a hot man who cooks AND wants a gal to taste-test his delicious creations? Sign me up!
This romance was fresh, sweet, and all kinds of fun!
Definitely recommend :)
Adam and Brandi were your neighbors next door that fell in love. I like that Adam held his own against the pressure from his family to go back into corporate America. He followed his dream of being a chef while falling in love with a "well rounded" woman instead of what society dedicated he should date. Brandi had a lot of curves and a mother than reminded her of that fact every chance she had. I could not imagine having a mother that constantly embarrassed me about my weight or any other area of my life, Brandi had a lot of patience. While I understand Adam neglecting to share a certain aspect of his life, I am glad he withheld the information as long as he did as it allowed them to fall in love without money being in the way.
I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I would have liked to have experienced a more polished ending after such amazing build up and story development; an epilogue would have worked nicely. These two had such amazing chemistry that you wanted to "see" and confirm life after "I do".
Overall, a good love story that left me feeling happy that this veteran author is still publishing books.
The story follows Brandi Collins, a high school teacher whose secret passion is starting her own custom-made purse business, and Adam Ellison, a business entrepreneur whose secret passion is becoming a world-famous pastry chef. Both of them come from similar pressuring family backgrounds, but despite it all, their relationship continues to grow strong. Adam helps Brandi aspire to her dream by helping her submit a proposal to a well known fashion designer, while Brandi helps Adam with judging his latest pastry recipes in preparation for an international pastry competition in Paris, France.
This was a great story featuring believable people in a believable world where people are struggling through economic times. The story leaves behind a message of believing in yourself and your dreams no matter what the nay-sayers say.
The only gripe I had about the story was that I felt the ending was resolved way too fast -- within a page, the loose ends were dealt with and there was an HEA. Brandi sounded too quick to suddenly give in after what happened a previous page before. Everything seemed to happen so quickly, like the story was being rushed to completion.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and will keep an eye out for more books by this author.