This book has a perfect premise, something with promise. Our leading lady is an excellent cook, whose recipes are used to showcase another woman on TV. The last straw comes when there is a conflict about ownership. Our brooding hero is back at her hometown, and he has his problems to work through. Esme heads back home to sort out the mess of her life.
The actual bonding between the two and the conversations they have as well as the rise of fame of Esme as she works out the kinks of the kind of life she wants was interesting and held my attention. She begins with bogging and moves on from there. Each time she needs a push though and did not always put the work in before moving to the next idea. Overall that picture was painted pretty vividly. There were two discrepancies in the narrative that bothered me. One was Esme’s mother’s character. She kept being described one way, but I saw a few pieces of evidence to support the claims and another was in the very beginning. These small, insignificant details bothered me in the story, but otherwise, I would recommend this to readers of the genre. It is the kind of book to kick back with a hot chocolate and read about lots of baking/foods.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.