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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (19 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602829586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602829589
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Dec 2013
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Another cracking book from one of my favourite authors. I literally squeal when I see a new book from her and this fully deserved the excitement.
The humour and banter between the toe main characters really helped to establish a warm and beautiful romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 28 Nov 2013
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I love this book. Like the author's previous two (also excellent), it is a novel about a romance between two women. It stands out because of her well rounded, interesting & loveable characters and her sharp ear for dialogue. So much so that some of their banter made me laugh out loud! It is written with a deft lightness of touch and the story is familiar but in a warm, fuzzy way that somehow avoids cliche. If you like romance, this will not disappoint. One that I suggest you save for a free day with the aforementioned hot chocolate and preferably a dog and/or cat snoozing at your feet. Do yourself a favour and give it a whirl. Then go read her others if you haven't already!
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By Clare Ingleby on 29 Jun 2014
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I have read and very much enjoyed all 3 of this authors novels, but this one is my favourite. Fun, lovely, sexy and with an abundance of gentle angst it has all the makings of the perfect romantic comedy.
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Beautifully told love story with lovable characters. Great read with bittersweet moments which pulled on my heartstrings.
Molly is everybody's favorite person in the small town of Applewood. After losing her girlfriend Cassie in a plane crash, Molly has to start over. She puts all her love and passion into her bakery and tries to get by day by day. Things change when Jordan, Cassie's younger sister comes back to town...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It REALLY IS Sweet! 18 Nov 2013
By sgalley - Published on
Format: Paperback
3.5 Stars
I was not aware that this was a lesbian romance when I started reading the book so this was a first for me in this genre. I jumped in with an open mind; determined to enjoy the book in the spirit of its intended audience. I was glad I did. The dialogue in How Sweet It Is is genuinely funny and sweet, the characters are well-written. There are grammatical errors, which distracted me from the story at times. I can’t help it – it’s just a peeve for me that I can’t overlook. I’m hoping the final publication will be cleaned up.

Molly O’Brien is a sweetheart. Everyone in the town of Applewood, Illinois, thinks so. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she’s ready to start dating once again. When Jordan Tuscana, younger sister of her lost love, returns to town, Molly finds herself interested in a way she isn’t prepared for.

It’s beautifully written. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the main characters Molly and Jordan. Both have to deal with the loss of Cassie in their own way. I really enjoyed how their relationship develops and how well written the realization and acceptance of the situation affects Molly and Jordan individually. The interaction between the two main characters was fun and engaging. I actually laughed out loud at some of their dialogue. I love a book that actually brings forth emotions. If I can laugh and cry while reading a book, it’s a win for me. I think both Molly and Jordan learn to be comfortable with the fact that they can build a relationship in spite of their shared loss.

I don’t think that this genre will become something I seek out, but I also won’t avoid it. It was a sweet story, and I enjoyed and recommend reading it.

This review based on e-book format - pre-release version.

*ARC courtesy of NetGALLEY and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback

This is based on the ebook version purchased from the publisher today. As you can tell I really enjoyed it since I bought and read this book all in one day. I think it was one of the better lesbian romances I've read all year. I genuinely enjoyed the banter between the two leads. I felt the connection between them as friends and was rooting for them the whole way. Brayden did a good job of portraying the inner feelings and emotions of both leads; I felt emotionally connected to both characters. I'm embarrassed to say I teared up when Jordan truly felt that giving up what she wanted would be better for everyone else in her life. But, the book itself was not emotionally heavy. The author did a good job of balancing the heavier emotions with a lighthearted feel we get from the two leads interacting with each other and with the secondary characters.

This storyline could very easily have turned dark and melodramatic and thankfully the author understands how NOT to do that. Even during emotionally uncertain moments Brayden knows how to pull it back and make it real. I especially liked the part where Jordan breaks the tension by making a joke about Jane Austen and being at high tea. Very clever.

I think what I appreciated most about the book was how real the characters felt. Molly's need to please everyone and not wrecking the status quo; Jordan trying to let go of adolescent insecurities and attempting to move into adulthood as gracefully as possible; her parents inability to see her as an adult for most of the book but coming through for their kid when it counts most; the way the town pulls together to help one of it's own: they're all quirky and wonderful in their own way and I was a little sad to have come to the end of the book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
How sweet indeed! 10 Nov 2013
By FlipinItaliano - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book will definitely cause the need for an insulin shot after reading it! Brayden's story takes you through a wide range of emotions, where you're dancing a happy dance one moment, wiping tears the next, and before you can get back to dancing, you're yelling at characters. But don't worry, you'll be smiling and dancing again before it ends.

The relationship between Molly and Jordan is taboo. While Brayden doesn't let you forget that, she writes about these two in a way that really makes you not care that the relationship should be "forbidden". Its easy to root for them getting together, and you'll feel their pain in them being separated. Anyone with "interesting" family dynamics can easily relate to this story.

Warning: This book will make you crave all sorts of delicious treats. Cinnamon Buns, Blueberry Muffins, and Molly Dollys...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book! 27 Nov 2013
By Tristan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not getting the lukewarm reviews because this book is better than that.

Positives: A compelling story about two lesbians (I'm getting tired of the lesbian + straight girl in her 30's schtick)
Well developed lead characters that I felt I knew and liked plenty
Unique storyline involving good people in a morally complex situation
Lots of angst, emotion, plus very believable and uh…'descriptive in a good way' love scenes. The sex was about love.
Dialogue was clever, plentiful, and communicated the depth of the connection between Mollie and Jordan
Negatives: Too short--> I felt the story could have used more depth and development
Storybook ending…but this IS a romance novel and I secretly seem to like this

Overall I loved what this was… a great read I couldn't put down and thought about long after. My hope is that Ms.Brayden takes a few more chances with her next novel because she truly is up for the challenge. Well done!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sweetly veers from the typical love story as unexpected taboos are broken as familial roles and expectations are challenged. 28 Nov 2013
By Tantra - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Set in the fictional Applewood, Illinois, main character, Molly, knows everybody, and typical of small towns, everybody knows her. Molly spends her days trying to create the perfect truffle; the key to saving Flour Child Bakery, a legacy from her aging father, and engrossed in unconscious ritualized communion with her partner, Cassie, who died unexpectedly four years ago, when her commuter plane crashed. What Molly doesn’t expect is the return of Cassie’s wayward younger sister, Jordan, or the complex feelings that arise from their growing mutual attraction.

The storyline veers from typical as unexpected taboos are broken. Molly and Jordan muddle through the complexities of coming to peace with creating a relationship in the midst of the memory of Jordan’s deceased sister. When their fledgling relationship is discovered Jordan and Cassie’s parents, familial roles and expectations are challenged, and habits established to soothe the wounds of the untimely loss of Cassie become agitated, and cease to bring comfort.

The town of Applewood’s unblinking acceptance of the main characters’ identification as lesbians appears to be widespread to the point of being unrealistic; however, it was refreshing to enjoy the moving book without the predictable political themes involving sexuality. Equally refreshing was the entrepreneurial capabilities of the women showcased in this fresh, tenderhearted work of fiction.
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