Donna Kauffman~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Beavis Chantrell was beloved resident of Sugarberry Island, so her death affected everyone who knew her. Her niece, Honey D'Amourvell, has arrived to claim her inheritance, hoping to turn Bea's tailoring shop into a place she can work on her art and run her mail order business. Honey is surprised and disappointed to learn the building she now owns has been leased to the famous bakery, Babycakes, including the upstairs apartment that Honey had planned to call home. With nowhere to work, nowhere to live and a car on its last leg, Honey's hope of a new life and a fresh start doesn’t look promising.
Dylan Ross is the kind of man who keeps to himself. He’s the "son" in Ross and Sons Auto Repair and doesn’t have to worry about dealing with anyone except people whose cars need fixing. After living through an unhappy childhood, his life is now quiet and uncomplicated, and that’s just the way he likes it. Until, that is, he meets the lovely newcomer, Honey D'Armourvell. From their first touch Dylan knows he should run the other way, but it’s that very same touch--and what happens next--that won’t
With Honey Pie, the fourth book in her delightful "Cupcake Club" series, Donna Kauffman takes us back to Sugarberry Island, a place where small town living is embraced, where neighbors and friends are like family. This is a fun, romantic, passionate tale, sure to be a favorite of contemporary romance lovers.
Morgan Westlake knelt down before his young five-year old niece and showed her the new baby turtle. Morgan was her uncle and godfather and had been named Lily's guardian after she lost both her parents due to a tragic accident. His mother, Olivia Westlake of the Westlakes of Atlanta, had been caring for Lily until Morgan took her away and moved to Sugarberry, the tiny island off the coast of Georgia. His mother had had a fit, it was unthinkable that he would take her only granddaughter out of the family compound, but Morgan knew Lily was way too serious for a little girl her age. His mother's style of upbringing was not what he wanted for his darling Lily, and Morgan really didn't know anything about raising children, but he figured they could learn together in a relaxed happy environment.
Kit Bellamy had suffered a loss of everything she knew and loved. Her whole life had been about her great-grandmother's peanut pie. Her grandmother and mother had started a business selling the prized handmade peanut pies, and it had grown into a multi-million dollar business. Every pie was made by hand with lots of love, and Kit and her sister had grown up in the kitchen learning how to make the pies. Her sister didn't take to it like Kit had. When both her grandmother and mother passed, Kit took over the running of the business then lost it in a court battle when her sister and her husband talked her into letting them "modernize" the operation. With the help of the high-priced Westlake lawyers, she sold the business to a vending machine company, putting generations of families out of work. Kit was devastated and felt like a total failure. Needing to start over, she took a job on Sugarberry running a cupcake catering business called Babycakes.
This is a continuation of the Ms. Kauffman's heartwarming and hilarious "Cupcake" series. The romantic aspect of the storyline is fairly obvious--he has to prove he's different from the rest of his family that she hates with a passion. But the tenderhearted gentleness shown to Lily by Morgan, Kit and the ladies of the Cupcake Club makes the romance between Morgan and Kit something extra special. This book reads well alone, and readers won't want to put it down until the tasty end.
Leilani Trusdale had everything she had always wanted. She had started out as an apprentice, then personal assistant, under the top chef in New York, the ridiculously charismatic Baxter Dunne, and was basically attached to his side for over three years. When Baxter was offered a TV deal and he turned his 'baby," the five‑star restaurant, Gateau, over to Lani, the backstabbing of the other highly competitive chefs was vicious. Lani dealt with it as long as she could, but when her father, a D.C. cop, had a heart attack and moved back to his hometown of Sugarberry, Georgia, Lani moved back with him to nurse him back to health. After the hectic lifestyle of New York (and Lani's secret, unrequited love for Baxter), she discovered the relaxed, quiet, rural pace of Sugarberry suited her needs, moved there permanently and opened her own store, Cakes by the Cup. And she absolutely loved every minute of it. She was in HER kitchen, creating HER special cupcake recipes and, if no one ever tasted them except the quaint citizens of Sugarberry, she loved that, too. Then Baxter walked into her safe haven and all hell broke lose in Sugarberry.
Riley Brown was a grade‑A klutz, and she knew it. Everywhere she went, she either knocked things over, broke something or had an accident of some kind. If it weren't Riley, herself, who caused these misfortunes, it was usually her dog Brutus, the biggest animal on the tiny island of Sugarberry, Georgia. Fortunately, Riley Brown was also one of the best food stylists in the industry. She knew tricks of the trade that would make food look delicious no matter how bad the recipe or photographer. She was currently living in Sugarberry on a rented houseboat to lick her wounds from a romance gone bad. She was also staging homes for a realtor who was trying to encourage more tourist trade to the tiny island. Riley had just finished a staging and had decided to try out the Jog Master 3000. Which, of course, meant she was in dire straits trying to keep up with the ever faster moving machine that she could no longer turn off.