- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3132.0 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946772224
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tule Publishing (7 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MU8YEX4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the fifth novel and, sadly, the last book in this series and this time the main characters are wealthy businessman, Wesley St Clare, and ex-ballerina now dance teacher Noelle. Wes is visiting his father, brother and niece in Marietta, only intending to stay for a little while before returning to his home and work in New York. He initially can’t understand why the other three have settled in the small community but does admit that all seem much better and very settled there. Wes can’t help remembering how his mother suffered and eventually died in the small town and those memories detract the location from his point of view. However, his father seems to be playing quite an active role in the community and both his brother and niece seem happier there, too. One night he goes out to the local saloon for a drink and that’s where he sees Noelle for the first time. After a deliberately clumsy encounter he introduces himself and gets her to dance with him. The attraction is starting but a phone call tears him away and he doesn’t even know her name . . . but his father enters him in the Bachelor Bake-Off and his niece volunteers her dance teacher – Noelle – to help him! Another great recipe for romance ☺
This is a warming story of love after tragedy. For me, the heroine of the story is Annalise, a delightful young matchmaker and I really hope someone will write a romance for her father, Mike – maybe with Annalise as the matchmaker in that one, too! I’d really like them to have their own happily ever after, too. This time there seems to be less connection to the community in Marietta as both main characters are relatively new arrivals in the town and the villain of the story is also someone from out of town. The plot has plenty of twists and turns as they are chauffeured around and even jet off to New York for a surprise trip – by private jet, of course. It is a very different story in the series but still thoroughly enjoyable and can easily be read as a standalone or in conjunction with other stories in the series. There are surprises, misunderstandings, a couple of shows, a man with plans and much more in this story, a great set of ingredients creating a books to escape into!
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
It is slightly lacking in spark, though. Noelle is nice, but fairly muted as a character. She has a fair bit of tragedy packed into her recent past and there’s a risk of losing her business looming on the horizon, but for the most part you wouldn’t know it. She is good for Wes, because she doesn’t seem to care about his money, but a little more depth to their relationship would have been nice.
Wes is a total cliché. Rich businessman very much in the mould of his father, doesn’t like to think of sad stuff, hasn’t got time for relationships because women only want his money anyway, falls for the ordinary woman who also happens to need his help – even if it takes them all far too long to figure out the obvious solution. He’s nice enough, but a little lacking in interesting characteristics. Although he must be a super baker underneath it all, because it only takes one (not very good) lesson from Noelle each week to turn him into a competent baker.
None of which makes for a bad read. It’s all very nice and enjoyable, but I’ll admit I found Wes’ family – his father, his brother and his adorable niece – far more interesting than him. Likewise, I liked Noelle’s sister Holly and her best friend quite a bit more than Noelle herself. It might also have been nice to have seen a bit more of the Marietta I’ve come to know over the years. I didn’t even know they had a theatre in the town. I would also have liked the bake-off scenes to have been a bit more involved. They’re blink and you’ll miss it moments, included because of the series more than because they matter to the story, which is a shame.
Overall it’s okay, not the normal type of romance I’ve come to expect from Marietta, but fans of billionaire tropes will find something to like, especially if they like their romances clean and sweet.
(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)
A Recipe for Romance is a wonderful romantic story. Wes is a handsome man. He's good at making business deals, but he also has a kind heart. Noelle is a talented dancer. After a terrible accident she had to give up her professional career. She loves being a teacher and can still make a living from her passion. I admired her strength. They both get a little help from Annalise. She is such a cute little girl and reading about her put a big smile on my face. I love stories about true love and this one is even more special because it gets plenty of help from an adorable angelic girl.
Marietta is a lovely small town. It's the perfect setting for a romantic story. Lara Van Hulzen writes about an incredibly wealthy family and it was fun to see the town through their eyes. The St. Claires have been through a lot and they use their money for good things, which makes them quite likable. I kept hoping the members would all find happiness again eventually. I loved A Recipe for Romance, it's a fun and sweet story.
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