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How To Bake The Perfect Pecan Pie (Home for the Holidays, Book 1) by [Calanni, Gina]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1922 KB
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (7 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OORC2HY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #475,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sophie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 out of 5.

Before I review the book itself, I have to say that Carina have outdone themselves yet again with another gorgeous cover. The cover for How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie is cute and fun and perfectly represents the actual book Gina Henning has written. How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie is a Thanksgiving romance and it’s an entertaining, sweet novella to read during the holiday season. Nothing is taken too seriously, it’s a light-hearted outlook on Lauren Hauser, who disastrous in the kitchen, has been given her grandmother’s special pecan pie recipe to make for Thanksgiving. Setting off to buy the right pecans for the pie, under her grandmother’s warning that the wrong ones will ruin Thanksgiving, Lauren is not expecting to stumble into a little holiday romance along the way and the pressure is on to bake the perfect pecan pie and get to know this handsome stranger, with or without her family’s interfering presence.

I found How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie a little slow to get going and it took me a bit of time to warm to Lauren. At the beginning she seemed very over-dramatic and a bit disastrous, which at first I found a little irritating. I also felt it seemed a bit unrealistic how someone who apparently doesn’t do hook-ups didn’t seem to have any issues getting into Jack’s car and then going to spend the rest of the day baking with him when all she knew about him was that he was the seemingly moody and off-hand stranger she met a little rudely in the store. Having said that, I did grow to like both characters and really enjoyed the build-up of the chemistry between them and the little moments they shared. It was a sweet romance and I was interested to see how it would work out given that the story was only set over a couple of days.
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Thanksgiving is obviously an American holiday, and not something we celebrate over here in the UK. However, thanks to the many American films and TV shows we all watch, we should all know that celebrating Thanksgiving is a big deal across the pond, so I wasn't completely in the dark about it all when I started this eBook which I got on Netgalley a few months ago. I hadn't read anything by author Gina Henning before, but was drawn to the gorgeous looking cover, and the story sounded good too.

Lauren has gone back home for the holidays to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. She isn't a great cook, but looks forward to the meal that her sister always dishes up for her. However, this year there's something different. Lauren has been left a recipe by her grandmother, for her infamous Pecan Pie that she bakes every Thanksgiving. Lauren isn't known for her culinary skills, so she's understandably feeling nervous about the prospect of following in her grandmother's footsteps. Unprepared, she heads out of Thanksgiving Eve to find the pecans, but ends up bumping into someone else entirely. Will Lauren be able to make the pie in time for the big day?!

While I enjoyed the start of the book as I was reading, it did get a bit lacklustre for me as it went on, and I'll be honest and say my interest seriously started to wane as it went on. Unfortunately, I just didn't care much for Lauren, the main character, or the story around her, and I had to force myself some evenings to pick up my Kindle and carry on reading. Lauren wasn't an especially likeable person, preferring to stay away from her family if she can, although I did understand her nerves over baking the pie for her family, especially as they seem to have low expectations of her.
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This is a lovely easy read romance most suitable to be read with a glass of wine over Thanksgiving or just as easily as a beach read. Lauren gets a letter from her Grandmother with instructions on how to bake the family secret recipe for Pecan pie ready for Thanksgiving.

The recipe calls for only the best Pecans and they must be bought from Tibor's Pecan Farm. This is a humorous tale told by Lauren who happily pokes fun at herself and her bad luck, as she tries to persuade another customer to share his hoard of Pecan's when she arrives in time to find just one small pack left on the shelf and certainly not enough for Grandma's recipe.

With Lauren's bad luck continuing on the return journey she is in need of a serious rescue. Who can resist a damsel in distress? A sweet little romance with it's share of fun characters.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie is the first in the 'How to Bake' series of books by Gina Henning. This first one is set at thanksgiving, and follows Lauren in her quest to bake the perfect pecan pie for the family thanksgiving meal. Lauren is a bit of the outsider when it comes to family baking, with her Grandmother and Sister stealing star baker crowns. However, this year her Grandmother has entrusted Lauren with the special, secret recipe for the perfect pecan pie.

Determined not to let her down, and to follow the recipe to the letter and produce a lie to be proud of, Lauren sets off for her pecans, which must be bought from one special supplier. Cue the start of a comedy of errors. It starts badly when the van she has borrowed from her Mum is playing up, and gets worse when she reaches the suppliers in time to see that they have sold out of the exact amount of pecans she needs.

Enter Jack....laden down with so many pecans that Lauren is sure he will spare her some. Or maybe not! From the outset there appears to be a clear attraction between them, but there is also no chance that Jack will part with any of his stock.

Dejectedly Lauren drives away and just when she thinks she is done for, things all change again. The van breaks down and she is forced to start walking in atrocious conditions until Jack drives up along side and picks her up. Within the confines of his car they are forced to get to know eachother. Will be relent and help Lauren in her ambition to create her perfect pecan pie? Or will he continue to put scanners in the works?

First off, don't be out off reading this book because it centres around thanksgiving. I didn't read it at the time and it didnt make me enjoy the book any less.
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