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Join nine modern ladies on culinary journeys that lead to the recipe for lasting romance in this delightful collection, including New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter and eight other award-winning authors. When it comes to romance, will the sweetest treats be any match for God’s timing? Along with food, faith, and fun each story includes a yummy recipe fo Join nine modern ladies on culinary journeys that lead to the recipe for lasting romance in this delightful collection, including New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter and eight other award-winning authors. When it comes to romance, will the sweetest treats be any match for God’s timing? Along with food, faith, and fun each story includes a yummy recipe for you to enjoy.


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Join nine modern ladies on culinary journeys that lead to the recipe for lasting romance in this delightful collection, including New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter and eight other award-winning authors. When it comes to romance, will the sweetest treats be any match for God’s timing? Along with food, faith, and fun each story includes a yummy recipe fo Join nine modern ladies on culinary journeys that lead to the recipe for lasting romance in this delightful collection, including New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter and eight other award-winning authors. When it comes to romance, will the sweetest treats be any match for God’s timing? Along with food, faith, and fun each story includes a yummy recipe for you to enjoy.

30 review for Sweet Surprise Romance Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zyra

    i actually lost interest in this. just finished one story out of nine. clean collection of romance with lots of desserts :) maybe I'll continue with this later. i actually lost interest in this. just finished one story out of nine. clean collection of romance with lots of desserts :) maybe I'll continue with this later.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Sweet As Apple Pie~ Kaylee is a struggling bakery worker who owns her own shop. She gets into trouble when a new bakery opens in town with different hours and plans to close all the shops in town to re open his own shops that are bigger and better. Adam comes into her shop trying to check out the competition for his boss but instead they get into a heated discussion about whose pie is better, Kaylees or Adams mom. She sets off to bake pie after pie to prove him wrong and making you laugh with all Sweet As Apple Pie~ Kaylee is a struggling bakery worker who owns her own shop. She gets into trouble when a new bakery opens in town with different hours and plans to close all the shops in town to re open his own shops that are bigger and better. Adam comes into her shop trying to check out the competition for his boss but instead they get into a heated discussion about whose pie is better, Kaylees or Adams mom. She sets off to bake pie after pie to prove him wrong and making you laugh with all the bloopers she runs into when she bakes the pie. Adams ex girlfriend Andrea, is Adams bosses wife to make things even more tangled. Will Andrea make a pass at Adam? Or leave him alone? Will Kaylee and Adam hit it off, or will she love her childhood friend, Robert back? Read it and find out. Cupcake for Two- Needing to get away from a crazy ex, Cynthia decides to move away from Martinez to be a chef at a B and B. She starts a online cooking school of sorts to occupy her time at night but to also help out get friend Jan. The longer she works for Gabe at the B and B the more they start liking each other despite butting heads on remodeling styles while he is out of town.he finds another quant house that is a fixer upper and decides to buy it for another B and B for both of them to run. Blueberry surprise - ok read about older woman and younger man liking each other Bitter sweet memories- Erika was taken away a s a child and finally reconnects with her older siblings as an adult. She likes a guy from the bus seat mate as she traveled to meet her family and tries to cook for him despite the lack of items for the recipes, often resulting in failing. Ryan keeps trying to stay away from her and reject her advances due to the sad story of his sister. The kids get a hold of their mother who is sorry for giving them up and they start fixing their broken relationship. Apple pie- Sweet story about cripple and pie lady. They notice each orher as he comes in the store a lot but he comes to her rescue a lot and she keeps falling in love with him but figures he would never lover her and he thinks she could never love a cripple ... until he saves-her beloved house, restaurant and theater from her step sister who only wants it sold so she can get money. Angel Food- I remember the story of the "Kiss The Cook" apron. Each woman wore it and ended up finding their mate. The story is "Kiss The Cook". Just desserts- A rough beginning for monica and gil when he comes back into town after finding out his parents restaurant is in bad shape. He runs into Monica his old sweetheart . They decide to work together despite their parents feud to help both save their businesses and plan a wedding catering function. After the meal sample night started off good they found out their moms had been keeping in contact the whole 10 years , sending each other money just to keep them floating. Apple pie in your eye- Rick likes Lynette but he can't seem to het her to like each other back. They keep working on church functions and all he gets to his subtitle advances is the cold shoulder until they have been chosen to work on a weekend festival. After the weekend is up they finally work through their differences.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Obviously this is a collection of stories written by 9 different authors. Because of this, it's difficult to rate because some of the stories I loved and some I did not. Most of them are feel good romances and I love that they are short enough to read within a short time period. With that being said.... *Sweet as Apple Pie- I enjoyed this story. I not only enjoyed the main characters, but also I liked the jaded character of Robert and I also liked the drama Andrea added. The only negative for thi Obviously this is a collection of stories written by 9 different authors. Because of this, it's difficult to rate because some of the stories I loved and some I did not. Most of them are feel good romances and I love that they are short enough to read within a short time period. With that being said.... *Sweet as Apple Pie- I enjoyed this story. I not only enjoyed the main characters, but also I liked the jaded character of Robert and I also liked the drama Andrea added. The only negative for this story is that I really wish "Rachel" wasn't so predictable. It was kind of built up like it was something else and once the reveal occurred, I actually felt let down. *Cupcakes for Two- It's cutesy. I loved the B&B concept and I thought it made the story quaint. I also liked the little bit of drama added by 3 separate females. It had a good ending- conclusive and leaving nothing left unanswered. *Blueberry surprise- Really cute story. I absolutely loved that it tied in with Cynthia's online class from a previous book. That really enhanced the flow of the stories. The ending of this was really abrupt though. The final chapter was fast and clunky. (They deal with an earthquake situation. A mother and child need help. Somehow there are no other people in this building. Proclamations of love.) It felt like overload of information. *Bittersweet Memories & Peppermint Dreams- Nice and heart warming story & perhaps my favorite of the 9. I adore Erica's kitchen mishaps because it was so relatable. I also once again loved the mention of the online class! I love that Ryan and Erica are equally damaged (her with her issues with her mom & adoptive parents and him with his sister's secret pregnancy). Not to mention that the proposal is the CUTEST. *Cream of the Crop- Not a fan of this one. Sebastian is basically a condescending jerk throughout the entire story and yet somehow they still end up together and in love in the end. It doesn't seem likely or feasible. *Apple Annie- Wonderful! I enjoyed all the moments throughout, from Brad missing a leg and yet being a man of so many talents (arm wrestling, law, piano...) to Annie and her struggles (Dad with Alzheimers who actually makes it to her wedding, a manipulative half sister who is selfish and greedy). I read this story the quickest because there was never a dull moment. I wanted to keep reading about what happens next. Also, the apple pie recipe attached to this story literally had me laughing so hard. *Angel Food- Quaint, cozy, cute. I loved that it was a complete story and doesn't leave me guessing about what happens. *Just Desserts- Good story and concept. It's like the Hatfields and McCoys (families feuding) meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (only it's a kiss the cook apron). I loved the connection to Angel, however it felt inconsistent because Angel's letter said she isn't engaged but we just read in the last story that she was. *Apple Pie in Your Eye- I felt like pieces of this story were missing and that made me dislike it. For instance, just what exactly did they do to make $150 off of that last pie?!?!? Not a bad story overall though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

    A few were kind of cute little stories but the majority of them felt too heavy-handed in the emphasis of Christianity. This made the characters seem less realistic and the tales mildly sermon-like. While I fully recognize that it is a collection of romances (and Christian ones at that), it got tiring very quickly to have every novella follow the plot line "girl and guy like each other but one is strongly opposed to dating but the other convinces them and they get married". It now has me questioni A few were kind of cute little stories but the majority of them felt too heavy-handed in the emphasis of Christianity. This made the characters seem less realistic and the tales mildly sermon-like. While I fully recognize that it is a collection of romances (and Christian ones at that), it got tiring very quickly to have every novella follow the plot line "girl and guy like each other but one is strongly opposed to dating but the other convinces them and they get married". It now has me questioning what 'romance' means. Is it only getting married and starting a family? That is the impression I have received from this collection. I also did not appreciate the comments female characters would make about needing to watch their weight or not having even a small portion of dessert lest it go to their hips. How do strong independent females fit into modern Christian society?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Harrison

    The theme of seeking God throughout the decision making process of life is very strong in every short story. It’s not just a collection of love stories set around the characters attending church. It’s about how chasing Jesus as the priority is more important than the relationship. Plenty of not-so-believable storylines/plots. But the fact there are equal examples of first love in Christ chasing us why I just had to give it 4* Happy reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    The two stars may just be me because I found the "religious" side of these stories a bit high-handed for my taste. They were well written however personally I don't like anyone telling me that their way is the ONLY way to do things. I read the stories however they just didn't resonate with me. Not the authors' fault(s); they were just writing their own style. My rating reflects MY enjoyment -- NOT the quality of the writing. It just wasn't for me. The two stars may just be me because I found the "religious" side of these stories a bit high-handed for my taste. They were well written however personally I don't like anyone telling me that their way is the ONLY way to do things. I read the stories however they just didn't resonate with me. Not the authors' fault(s); they were just writing their own style. My rating reflects MY enjoyment -- NOT the quality of the writing. It just wasn't for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Grace Nelson

    I liked most of the stories aside from one. Before I bought the book I didnt realise that the duties were centered around god and being a Christian, silly I know. One of the stories really piled on the godliness. So much do that I couldnt read that story. I won't say which one and people can decide for themselves. I liked most of the stories aside from one. Before I bought the book I didnt realise that the duties were centered around god and being a Christian, silly I know. One of the stories really piled on the godliness. So much do that I couldnt read that story. I won't say which one and people can decide for themselves.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Farley

    I am reviewing the short story Blueberry Surprise in this collection by Wanda Brunstetter. A love story about a widow who goes back to college and she meets her future love interest. He is learning to bake to try and impress a future wife. An easy read and a nice romantic short story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Some of the writing was a little choppy. Needs less telling and more showing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judy Adams

    Not usually a fan of short stories. These were good, it’s just that everything happens so fast. Dessert theme was different and may try a few of the recipes

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    I got to 75% and decided to stop. The stories felt rushed and it all seemed very unrealistic. The cover is absolutely beautiful though. Maybe I'll finish it later on. I'm just tired of it. I got to 75% and decided to stop. The stories felt rushed and it all seemed very unrealistic. The cover is absolutely beautiful though. Maybe I'll finish it later on. I'm just tired of it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Orianna Estelle

    Favourite stories were #1 and #4.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tima

    Nine authors have come together to write deliciously sweet romance stories. Each story ties into the theme about sweets and ends with a recipe from the story. Most of the stories also have a tie-in to one of the first stories about an online cooking class. The stories are faith based and romantic, but also have elements of family and drama. Another book that had pros and cons for me. Pros: I loved the cover. It perfectly describes the sweet theme. All of the stories are short so the book isn't over Nine authors have come together to write deliciously sweet romance stories. Each story ties into the theme about sweets and ends with a recipe from the story. Most of the stories also have a tie-in to one of the first stories about an online cooking class. The stories are faith based and romantic, but also have elements of family and drama. Another book that had pros and cons for me. Pros: I loved the cover. It perfectly describes the sweet theme. All of the stories are short so the book isn't overwhelming, but can be read little bits at a time. A couple of the stories were touching and had just the right touches of romance without being rushed or overly cheesy. I loved the recipes at the end of each story. Cons: Most of the stories were too rushed, too awkward, or not interesting. I had to make myself finish the book so I could write the review. Based on the book as a whole, I couldn't recommend buying the book for the two stories I did enjoy. I received this book free of charge from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andie

    I think the stories could have been a lot better if there weren't so many in one book. The plots didn't have enough time to develop and the stories felt very rushed. The recipe theme is cool. They incorporated some of the stories into the next ones, which I thought was kind of cute. I like how they included a featured recipe after every story, and I'm excited to try a couple of them out. Altogether, I don't know that I would recommend this book. It took me a very long time to get through and I j I think the stories could have been a lot better if there weren't so many in one book. The plots didn't have enough time to develop and the stories felt very rushed. The recipe theme is cool. They incorporated some of the stories into the next ones, which I thought was kind of cute. I like how they included a featured recipe after every story, and I'm excited to try a couple of them out. Altogether, I don't know that I would recommend this book. It took me a very long time to get through and I just wasn't excited to read it, and I had to force myself to just sit down and finish it one day. Not bad, just not good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I enjoyed this collection and have discovered new authors.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Fraleigh

    This was a collection of short stories by several authors. Each story was sort of built on the previous one somewhat. I really enjoyed reading this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    T.M.

    Great stories.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela Good

    This is a good take-to-the-lake book. Nine little enjoyable stories.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gracie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kari

  22. 4 out of 5

    Renee Sprague

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marg

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michele Inks

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Atherton

  27. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Walker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jan Clark

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