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Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline - seven months Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline - seven months to make her shop a success, or walk away from it all. And as Hannah immerses herself in her new business, she soon discovers that she's too busy to think about Patrick and his now pregnant girlfriend ...or to notice an increasingly regular customer who has recently developed a sweet tooth for all things cupcake. But while Hannah is slowly piecing her life back together, family friend Alice's is falling apart. Her husband Tom's drinking is getting out of control and things are about to get a whole lot worse. As the seven-month milestone approaches, Hannah must decide her future. And while she's figuring out what's really important, it becomes clear to everyone that happiness in life, and in love, is all in the making.


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Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline - seven months Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline - seven months to make her shop a success, or walk away from it all. And as Hannah immerses herself in her new business, she soon discovers that she's too busy to think about Patrick and his now pregnant girlfriend ...or to notice an increasingly regular customer who has recently developed a sweet tooth for all things cupcake. But while Hannah is slowly piecing her life back together, family friend Alice's is falling apart. Her husband Tom's drinking is getting out of control and things are about to get a whole lot worse. As the seven-month milestone approaches, Hannah must decide her future. And while she's figuring out what's really important, it becomes clear to everyone that happiness in life, and in love, is all in the making.

30 review for Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Trying to make sure I am better at populating my reviews for books I have read this year. I always have about 30-50 that I just never get around to writing due to time constraints. I re-read Semi-Sweet this January because I actually like for the most part how the book develops characters. I have to say though until I did a re-read of Meaney's works I had no idea how often she re-uses certain tropes. That's honestly the only reason why I gave this one 4 stars. When I first read it a few years ba Trying to make sure I am better at populating my reviews for books I have read this year. I always have about 30-50 that I just never get around to writing due to time constraints. I re-read Semi-Sweet this January because I actually like for the most part how the book develops characters. I have to say though until I did a re-read of Meaney's works I had no idea how often she re-uses certain tropes. That's honestly the only reason why I gave this one 4 stars. When I first read it a few years back I would have given it 5 stars. "Semi-Sweet" follows Hannah Robinson who is about to open her own cupcake shop. However, her boyfriend Patrick breaks up with her and she finds out it is because he's been having an affair with another woman Leah who is now expecting their first child. Hannah is trying to regain her footing and ends up moving in with her longtime best friend Adam. The story follows not only Hannah, but her parents, Leah, Patrick, Adam, and a host of other people. I have to say that I really liked the development of Hannah in this one. We have her trying to move on from Patrick, dating again, and realizing that maybe dating is not the end all be all. I was kind of tired of Adam though. He in essence "stalks" a woman he has designs on and honestly I just didn't think it was a cutesy thing at all. Adam's sister Nora was a hot mess too. Leah and Patrick were very frustrating to read about and follow. But I like to think this was Meaney's way of showing how the other woman ends up. I mentioned tropes that Meaney often has in her books and she often has the heroine or hero in her books being cheated on by a family member or close friend. And then we watch them put themselves back together. The writing I thought was really good. This book honestly reminded me a bit of some of Maeve Binchy's books. That is not a bad thing. Though you would think Hannah is the main character, she is just one of many characters we follow. The flow gets a bit wonky at times, but the overall book is really good. The setting of the book really makes the town/village that the characters live in seem small, but it's not. There's also a lot of heartbreak in some cases in this one but ultimately I liked the book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    As I peruse book blogs, it seems that the latest fad is books with some sort of dessert in the title. When this one was offered on NetGalley, it piqued my interest so I grabbed it. I found it to be an interesting book about a young woman's love life--yet it wasn't a romance in the usual sense. While Hannah was certainly the main character, she did not appear in all scenes and one of the subplots did not really involve her at all. Semi-Sweet is set in a small Irish town and was actually first pub As I peruse book blogs, it seems that the latest fad is books with some sort of dessert in the title. When this one was offered on NetGalley, it piqued my interest so I grabbed it. I found it to be an interesting book about a young woman's love life--yet it wasn't a romance in the usual sense. While Hannah was certainly the main character, she did not appear in all scenes and one of the subplots did not really involve her at all. Semi-Sweet is set in a small Irish town and was actually first published in Ireland. I enjoyed reading about some of the differences in Irish culture and ours. The town in which this book was set was one small enough that everyone knew everyone, yet the characters often took taxis. Prices for things were quoted in Euros or Pounds Sterling, which given my total lack of knowledge of currency exchange, meant nothing to me. American spelling was used in this book. For a short book, Semi-Sweet had a lot going on. We follow Hannah through several relationships; watch Alice and Tom go to Hell and back, and cheer Adam on as he reaches out to the mysterious musician. Nora is easy to hate, and I just wanted to shake Leah. Patrick didn't change Will the cupcake shop make it? One disadvantage of reviewing a NetGalley edition rather than the published book is that I don't know if the issues I had with the formatting will be in the final, or not. As I noted above, there is a lot happening in this book and the story lines don't really tie together. One paragraph would be about one story line and then the next about another, and there were no visual cues in the galley I read to tell me to shift gears. Only after realizing that the paragraph I just read didn't make sense when added to the one before did I realize that I had been shifted to a different story line. Perhaps the final will have some sort of heading or spacing to show this. I wonder if there is going to be a sequel because the ending, while definitely showing that things are heading in the right direction does not give any final outcome to the relationships. There are lots of incidences of non-marital intimacy in the book, but mostly we are left on the other side of the bedroom door. Grade: B

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Hannah Robinson gets a huge surprise when she is getting ready to attend a party with her boyfriend, Patrick. Patrick informs Hannah that he can no longer pretend to love her. He has found someone else. Hannah’s life starts to crumble. She was suppose to open a bakery called Cupcakes on the Corner but without Patrick in her life, she just wants to stay in her home and not leave. Hannah’s good friend, Adam convinces Hannah to open her shop and give it at least seven months before she gives up. Ha Hannah Robinson gets a huge surprise when she is getting ready to attend a party with her boyfriend, Patrick. Patrick informs Hannah that he can no longer pretend to love her. He has found someone else. Hannah’s life starts to crumble. She was suppose to open a bakery called Cupcakes on the Corner but without Patrick in her life, she just wants to stay in her home and not leave. Hannah’s good friend, Adam convinces Hannah to open her shop and give it at least seven months before she gives up. Hannah becomes a bit distracted that she does not even notice when a handsome customer starts flirting with her. Oh, what is a woman to do! To be honest, I personally could not get into this book. I did give it several tries. While, I did think this was a nice read, I just could not connect with the characters. I found them to be a little too into every one else’s business and I especially wanted to shake Hannah and tell her to forget Patrick, she deserved better and move on. Instead, she seemed lost without him and kept pining over him, until about the last half of the book. This is when she did realize that she deserved better and in fact there was someone else that was interested in her. Though, I did like Adam. He was a sweetie and the best friend that anyone could ask for. While this book did not hit my sweet tooth, I would be willing to give author, Roisin Meaney another chance in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adela

    I picked this one up at the library because it was about a cupcake shop and made me think of my favorite cupcake shop employee. So if you want to know what it's like to start a cupcake shop in an Irish town in the middle of a recession and a disastrous love life, this book is for you. What this book really needed was some humor. It wasn't entirely depressing or anything, but really some humor would have done wonders for it. Made it less humdrum ordinary. The relationships entered into at the end I picked this one up at the library because it was about a cupcake shop and made me think of my favorite cupcake shop employee. So if you want to know what it's like to start a cupcake shop in an Irish town in the middle of a recession and a disastrous love life, this book is for you. What this book really needed was some humor. It wasn't entirely depressing or anything, but really some humor would have done wonders for it. Made it less humdrum ordinary. The relationships entered into at the end don't really seem destined to last, even though what you look for in a book like this is lasting true love. And I'm not sure how stable the cupcake shop is going to be in the long run (how long can a tiny Irish town keep ordering cupcakes anyway?) Also, Tom, well, no one in this book really seems to want to face reality with that one (or care, maybe?) since no one seems to think about his future, but it's pretty clear to me that he's going to have some time on his hands to re-assess his life. I think the author could have made her characters more endearing, make you care about them more. On the plus sides, it was about cupcakes and it was a fast read. I like both of those things.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This book sat on my nightstand for months and I kept avoiding it knowing it would be predictable chick-lit. Finally picked it up Friday night when I couldn't sleep and read the whole 376 pages before I went to bed Saturday night. It was surprisingly good and not as predictable as I predicted (ha!). It was light, yes, but the characters had more depth than I expected and it was a good, relaxing book. This book sat on my nightstand for months and I kept avoiding it knowing it would be predictable chick-lit. Finally picked it up Friday night when I couldn't sleep and read the whole 376 pages before I went to bed Saturday night. It was surprisingly good and not as predictable as I predicted (ha!). It was light, yes, but the characters had more depth than I expected and it was a good, relaxing book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    It doesn’t get sweeter than cupcakes and love. For Hannah Robinson, it’s all she’s ever wanted; a cute cupcake store on the corner, a wonderful boyfriend and armfuls of potential. She thought she had it all, but when her boyfriend announces quite suddenly that he’s leaving her for another woman with only days to prepare for her store’s opening she’s devastated. Through the help of her best friend Adam and the drive to finish what she set out to do Hannah opens her store and keeps busy. All the w It doesn’t get sweeter than cupcakes and love. For Hannah Robinson, it’s all she’s ever wanted; a cute cupcake store on the corner, a wonderful boyfriend and armfuls of potential. She thought she had it all, but when her boyfriend announces quite suddenly that he’s leaving her for another woman with only days to prepare for her store’s opening she’s devastated. Through the help of her best friend Adam and the drive to finish what she set out to do Hannah opens her store and keeps busy. All the while her ex-boyfriend, Patrick has learned he’s going to be a father from his new girlfriend and Hannah has found a new potential love interest. This and more is what awaits readers of Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes. Where to begin? How could you possibly go wrong with a cupcake shop? You really can’t, and I loved Hannah’s shop with it’s unique decorations and quaint atmosphere. I’m a huge fan of food in Chick Lit books, especially when it’s done well. In Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes Hannah gives herself seven months to make it work and she absolutely does. How could anyone survive such a horrendous break-up only a week before opening your own business? Yet for Hannah it was just the perfect thing to keep her busy and moving forward to the next great thing. As for the love interests in the book…for some reason, even now, I still wanted Hannah to end up with her best friend Adam. What is it about girls with best guy friends and wanting them to suddenly discover they’re in love with each other? It must be partially due to my love of the movie My Best Friends Wedding. But seriously, I loved the tension and friendship between Adam and Hannah as well as there pact to marry each other if they were both still single in their 60′s. So adorable! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Hannah and Adam’s respective love interests throughout the book as well as many of the supporting cast. As for the remaining characters in the story…Geraldine, Fiona, Stephen, Wally, John, Leah, Nora, Dave, Claire, Una, Alice, Tom and a few others. It all got to be a bit much for me. It was a bit like reading a soap opera with just as much sexual happenings as well. I think that though I loved some of the supporting cast, my disappointment came when I was becoming engrossed in Hannah’s story and suddenly without little or no notice at all I’m whisked away to another character I’d have to take a moment to remember. In the first hundred or so pages it was a bit confusing, but once I got acquainted with everyone it started to get easier. What I really wanted was more of Hannah and Adam’s story as well as perhaps a bit of Leah and Patrick. Though the main characters were still more than present in many of the scenes I would have enjoyed it a bit more were they not chopped up so much. Regardless of my misgivings, Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes was an incredibly fun read. As Hannah stumbles through her recovery from losing Patrick you are able to see the wonderful person she is and all she has to offer the world. A story about finding oneself, enjoying life and making the most of every moment no matter the circumstances. A wonderfully enjoyable and quick read from Roisin Meaney! Originally reviewed and copyrighted at Chick Lit Reviews.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    Semi-Sweet is an engaging story with surprising depth and emotion. Hannah's fairytale romance abruptly ends when her live in boyfriend leaves her for someone else. The other woman, Leah, has ensured Patrick's attention by deliberately falling pregnant, but he has already proved loyalty is not his strong suit. Hannah's best friend Adam, has a crush on a painfully shy clarinet player, while his twin sister is looking for a little fun. Family friend Alice, is concerned by her husband's growing depe Semi-Sweet is an engaging story with surprising depth and emotion. Hannah's fairytale romance abruptly ends when her live in boyfriend leaves her for someone else. The other woman, Leah, has ensured Patrick's attention by deliberately falling pregnant, but he has already proved loyalty is not his strong suit. Hannah's best friend Adam, has a crush on a painfully shy clarinet player, while his twin sister is looking for a little fun. Family friend Alice, is concerned by her husband's growing dependence on alcohol and the strain it is placing on their marriage. The novel examines the complex web of relationships in a small Irish town, and how the loss, and gain, of love changes them. Hannah's story is central, her breakup with Patrick, her anxiety over the launch of her new business, and then her fledgling romance and attraction as she begins to recover from Patrick's duplicity, leads the character driven novel. Hannah is immediately sympathetic and Meany has captured the emotions of loss and mourning when a relationship ends suddenly with a deft hand. I think because we as the reader are aware of what a creep Patrick is, it does get a bit wearing as Hannah dwells in misery, but the rebuilding of her battered self confidence is realistic, which creates a well rounded and very likeable character. Hannah is surrounded by friends and family in her small Irish town, and Meaney uses their perspective to reflect Hannah's experiences as well as develop subplots that weave their way through the story. We see different sides to the relationship between Leah and Patrick that couldn't be explored from a single viewpoint. Similarly we are able to follow Adam's growing crush on ?? and her brother's attraction to Hannah. The ties between this group of characters, also including Nora and Patrick are well managed and the shifts in perspective generally smooth. Alice's story didn't work for me. She is peripherally connected to Hannah as a family friend, but her relationship is very self contained and the drama it provides barely touches the other characters at all. As the other subplot's are intimately tied to Hannah, it seemed an odd addition to the storyline. With so many characters having the opportunity to provide different perspectives on events, and each other, Meaney highlights the shades of grey found in real life. Leah is firstly introduced as a calculating mistress, for example, but slowly earns our sympathy as she struggles with her cold and judgmental mother and Patrick's callous behaviour. Semi-Sweet is not the lighthearted chic lit I was expecting but something rather more complex in both style and theme. At times both sweetly romantic and painfully emotional, it is a charming and satisfying read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hines

    Just days before Hannah Robinson is to open her own shop, her live-in boyfriend dumps her. He says he has found someone new and moves out on the eve of her celebration party. Shocked and heart-broken, Hannah throws herself into her shop. She arises every morning at three am to make dozens of delectable cupcakes to sell in her shop. She knows she needs to find another housemate to help her pay the bills, but she is too sad and busy to worry about it right now. Patrick feels bad about dumping Hann Just days before Hannah Robinson is to open her own shop, her live-in boyfriend dumps her. He says he has found someone new and moves out on the eve of her celebration party. Shocked and heart-broken, Hannah throws herself into her shop. She arises every morning at three am to make dozens of delectable cupcakes to sell in her shop. She knows she needs to find another housemate to help her pay the bills, but she is too sad and busy to worry about it right now. Patrick feels bad about dumping Hannah, but it couldn't be helped. He was enjoying juggling two women, but Leah became pregnant so he moved in with her. But things are not going well with Leah's mother as she plays bridge with Hannah's mother and the two are not happy with their offspring. Then Hannah's best friend Adam decides to move in with Hannah to help her pay the bills and to let his sister Nora use his flat, since she is recently divorced and needs somewhere to stay. Nora finds a job as a PA assistant for Patrick and becomes the perfect dalliance for Patrick to escape his humdrum life. Adam takes to going to a new wine bar on the weekends and urges Hannah to come along. Adam has his eye on a shy blonde who plays the clarinet. But Hannah starts to see one of the players who also comes into her shop, a carpenter named John. Meanwhile, Geraldine, Hannah's mother, works at the Glass Slipper for a woman named Alice. Alice's husband Tom works with Geraldine's husband Steven. Alice is concerned about Tom's habit of drinking and when an accident brings things to a head, life gets sticky for everyone concerned. A top-notch cast of characters whose lives intermingle will have you cheering and booing at some of their choices and antics. I totally despised the characters of Tom and Patrick but I really enjoyed Hannah, Adam and Geraldine. You will find yourself caught up in their lives, sharing their heartbreaks, triumphs and zest for life. Roison Meaney's writing reminded me alot of Debbie Macomber and Jill Mansell. I really enjoyed the writing and the dialogue between the characters as well as having a novel that ended without any loose ends. Well worth the read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lorelei

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sweet and interesting story, but a bit too predictable. I really enjoyed the book overall and liked the protagonist and her best friend Adam. I also liked the different stories and the constant back and forth between. HOWEVER, some characters were as clichéed as "pure evil" cartoon characters and one is left wondering why they are behaving the way they do. For example: SPOILER alert: Although there is a brief explanation for Patrick's behavior near the end, it seems rather unrealistic that a man Sweet and interesting story, but a bit too predictable. I really enjoyed the book overall and liked the protagonist and her best friend Adam. I also liked the different stories and the constant back and forth between. HOWEVER, some characters were as clichéed as "pure evil" cartoon characters and one is left wondering why they are behaving the way they do. For example: SPOILER alert: Although there is a brief explanation for Patrick's behavior near the end, it seems rather unrealistic that a man would treat women the way he does after his own mother DIED. And there is no explanation for Nora's backstabbing and betrayal whatsoever. I guess the fact that she lived in the U.S. is explanation enough for being such a skank?? I also couldn't stand some of the characters, who were supposed to be like-able. I got really annoyed by Vivienne and her odd behaviors and the middle school bullying seems like the lamest PG rated excuse ever! No one would be THIS shy, after 12 years and with a loving family! Uhhh! I also didn't like Alice too much. She never spoke up and just seemed to dwell in self pity when her husband needed help-and let's face it: she was partly to blame! I also wish we had known a little more about Wally, besides the fact that he drives a cab, has a sister and mother, and loves wool hats. It was also never explained why the heck he got into that accident... it seems weird that the book got into so much detail about Patrick and Jack's "love making" qualities, but fails to mention if Wally is even a good kisser. Anyway, overall still liked the book a lot, and enjoyed the end, although it was predictable at least halfway through the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I enjoyed the book, and it had some moments that really spoke to me. I loved Meaney's descriptions of certain things; they just seemed incredibly true to life. I think my problem with this book comes in its trying to balance things that can't really be balanced. Some characters were incredibly well-rounded and realistic, while others seemed more cartoonish. And I don't understand the shoehorning of the story of Alice and Tom with the romantic entanglements of the other characters in the book. Th I enjoyed the book, and it had some moments that really spoke to me. I loved Meaney's descriptions of certain things; they just seemed incredibly true to life. I think my problem with this book comes in its trying to balance things that can't really be balanced. Some characters were incredibly well-rounded and realistic, while others seemed more cartoonish. And I don't understand the shoehorning of the story of Alice and Tom with the romantic entanglements of the other characters in the book. They just didn't fit. It's a well-paced read with some fab characters and good moments, but it seemed too uneven for me to give it 4 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela Thistleton

    Another masterpiece I have now read ALL of Roisin Meaneys novels and what a fantastic journey i have been on. One i didn't want to end.Her story telling draws you in to every character in the book. More please!!!! Another masterpiece I have now read ALL of Roisin Meaneys novels and what a fantastic journey i have been on. One i didn't want to end.Her story telling draws you in to every character in the book. More please!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Unfortunately, this book and I didn't click at all. I hated the characters, I couldn't get into the storyline, and I couldn't bring myself to finish. Very bummed. Unfortunately, this book and I didn't click at all. I hated the characters, I couldn't get into the storyline, and I couldn't bring myself to finish. Very bummed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa P.

    This was a touching story of love betrayed, personal growth and dream-come-true.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    This is my first Roisin Meaney novel and I am so glad I didn't just pick the one up on my greedy book acquiring spree. I feel that Ms Meaney could well end up on my favourites list if this particular book is anything to go by. Set in Eire during the recession this is a tale of multiple characters going on with their daily lives - loving, losing, surviving - as every ordinary person must. Although a disparate bunch they are linked by the central Hannah, be they her friends, a friend of her parent' This is my first Roisin Meaney novel and I am so glad I didn't just pick the one up on my greedy book acquiring spree. I feel that Ms Meaney could well end up on my favourites list if this particular book is anything to go by. Set in Eire during the recession this is a tale of multiple characters going on with their daily lives - loving, losing, surviving - as every ordinary person must. Although a disparate bunch they are linked by the central Hannah, be they her friends, a friend of her parent's, sister to her best friend or simply a customer at work. This book reminded me in no small way of Maeve Binchy's books. Stories of real people doing real things and something extraordinary can happen in a split second - be that for good or ill. This is very definitely not a criticism as it takes talent to weave so many disparate tales together and make even the minutiae of going to work even vaguely enjoyable to read. Enjoyable is very definitely what this book is and you do find yourself thinking "well, a couple more pages won't hurt - this next bit is about Leah/Alice/Whoever and I want to know what they are up to now". This is not helped by the book being split in to months and not chapters so it is way harder than you would think to put down. There is no overt characterisation here, the story starts and you just have to hold the wuthor's hand and follow her in to these complex lives. Strangely by the time you get to the end of January you already have a good feel for who everyone is and what their personal strengths and weaknesses are. You are taken on an emotional roller coaster in every section and the major incident about halfway through is shocking and its aftermath is far reaching and feels entirely realistic and heartrending. I am sure there was a plot arc written down for this book but somehow it doesn't feel plotted, it feels like that is just the way the days unfolded and this is what happened so we'll go with the flow. I will admit that I had to do a quick internet search for a couple of things when reading - being neither from Eire or a Catholic - I had no idea what Chocolate Kimberley Biscuits were (no I wish I didn't know because I am craving them!) or a Month's Mind. See, even a novel that is firmly categorised as Chick Lit can teach you something! Wonderful story telling with warmth and doesn't shy away from the nastiness of human nature. Looking forward to opening my next Roisin Meaney novel!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    I'm actually quite surprised by the mediocre-ish ratings I see here! I really enjoyed this book, and this is coming from someone who normally doesn't read chick-lit, and can only handle so much romance at once...I'm just not into that whole love-dovey ooey gooey romance xP...(maybe that's why I loved the book? idk) Unlike what a lot of people are saying here, I actually find the characters quite relatable. I feel like for shy women who are self conscious and are sensitive to what others think abo I'm actually quite surprised by the mediocre-ish ratings I see here! I really enjoyed this book, and this is coming from someone who normally doesn't read chick-lit, and can only handle so much romance at once...I'm just not into that whole love-dovey ooey gooey romance xP...(maybe that's why I loved the book? idk) Unlike what a lot of people are saying here, I actually find the characters quite relatable. I feel like for shy women who are self conscious and are sensitive to what others think about them, they would want to hide their husband's alcoholic tendencies, and any "embarrassment" that would cause. And because Alice was so timid, and didn't want to stand up to her husband (she sounds like me- avoiding conflict at all costs), that's what ultimately what caused the horrible accident. Quite unfortunate, but I know for a fact that it happens more often than it should. The dialogue wasn't cheesy, which I loved. And there's a variety of characters all going through their personal problems, and you get to see how some of those stories connect. I think it was written pretty well, and realistic enough for me :) What I wished could have been different: I thought there was going to be more development with her cupcake shop. The whole point of the book was the 7-month trial period, to see how her business would grow. I feel like towards the end, the cupcake shop itself wasn't really a part of the story. I wished there were more details on the growth of the shop. And on the cupcakes! *spoiler alert. beepbeepbeep* I feel like Hannah breaking up with John Wyatt was understandable once I gave it more thought- she's still kind of hung up on her ex, and he's hung up on his family. But...getting with Wally...I didn't expect that. We don't really know much about Wally. He just kind of...appeared. Not sure if I liked that part as much. Anyway. I really did enjoy this story. I loved the characters, the plot, and especially the karma that screwed Patrick >:) 5/5!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This book turned out to be more romance than food-centered so not quite what I was looking for. I wanted a story involving scents and aromas and ingredients that really invoked baking and owning a cupcake shop. It did it to some extent, but not as much as I would have liked. That being said, the story was very reminiscent to me of Maeve Binchy's Irish stories, which I love, and of The Beach Street Bakery, also a sweet bakery story. Perfect light reading for a pandemic time. Hannah is opening her This book turned out to be more romance than food-centered so not quite what I was looking for. I wanted a story involving scents and aromas and ingredients that really invoked baking and owning a cupcake shop. It did it to some extent, but not as much as I would have liked. That being said, the story was very reminiscent to me of Maeve Binchy's Irish stories, which I love, and of The Beach Street Bakery, also a sweet bakery story. Perfect light reading for a pandemic time. Hannah is opening her bakery in a little Irish town, when her boyfriend leaves her for his pregnant girlfriend, who she had no idea about. Hurt and heartbroken, she goes ahead with trying to make a success of her new business and with moving on without him. We learn about life in a small town, the overlapping of friends and acquaintances and lives, and how people cope, or not, in different ways.

  17. 4 out of 5

    IrishFan

    I got this book when someone left it in my little free library. I am so glad they did, because I have found a new author! Not groundbreaking reading certainly, but entertaining and I enjoyed it. I liked Hannah and was rooting for her business to succeed. I'm glad she ended up with Wally, I think they will make a better couple than her and Patrick for sure and even her and John. I'm glad Patrick got his, although I feel bad for Leah that she is left to raise the baby she wasn't thinking she would I got this book when someone left it in my little free library. I am so glad they did, because I have found a new author! Not groundbreaking reading certainly, but entertaining and I enjoyed it. I liked Hannah and was rooting for her business to succeed. I'm glad she ended up with Wally, I think they will make a better couple than her and Patrick for sure and even her and John. I'm glad Patrick got his, although I feel bad for Leah that she is left to raise the baby she wasn't thinking she would probably have. I will for sure read more by Roisin Meaney when I can find them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bookworman

    2.5 stars. I liked this story and the characters but didn’t love it. This book reminded me somewhat of “The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen”. Lots of characters with multiple storylines to follow. I also found it really hard to relate to one of the characters (Leah) whose manipulative actions were dealt with sympathetically by the author when all I could do was judge her for her dishonesty and dishonorable behavior. I think I would have enjoyed the book more with a smaller cast of characters and m 2.5 stars. I liked this story and the characters but didn’t love it. This book reminded me somewhat of “The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen”. Lots of characters with multiple storylines to follow. I also found it really hard to relate to one of the characters (Leah) whose manipulative actions were dealt with sympathetically by the author when all I could do was judge her for her dishonesty and dishonorable behavior. I think I would have enjoyed the book more with a smaller cast of characters and more time spent on Adam who I loved.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jacque Stengel

    Cute cozy mystery with a very delicious setting! Loved getting to know the town and the sweets! Kept me interested and wanted to read more by Ms. Meaney. Thx to Netgalley and publisher for opportunity to read and review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    A charming story of a woman whose boyfriend breaks up with her on the eve of opening a cupcake shop. A friend convinces her to give it 7 months to make a go of it anyhow. Experiences happen, and there is a satisfying ending.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed it

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Griffiths

    Easy read Interesting story about the wide reaching effects of decisions made in a close circle of people. Also about kissing a lot of frogs before your prince comes along !

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Geraghty

    A very pleasant story Liked the characters in the book. It had quite a winsome tone in places. That was Vivienne I think. Showed life with all its edges.

  24. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    Lovely Roisin sets a lovely scene , she lets you into people's ordinary lives.their fears confidences and trials... a gorgeous read. heart warming xxx Lovely Roisin sets a lovely scene , she lets you into people's ordinary lives.their fears confidences and trials... a gorgeous read. heart warming xxx

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim Solleder

    really enjoyable read, great story, will definately read some more from Roisin Meaney

  26. 5 out of 5

    aoife kavanagh

    Not her best I usually like this writer but this was quite boring and I kept getting confused with the all the characters

  27. 4 out of 5

    mrs margaret young

    I enjoyed the book thought it was predictable in parts, but was enjoyable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    helen tennent

    Another great story I love Roisin Meaney’s books and this is another hard to put down read - I loved the characters and the way their lives intertwined

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ktnace

    It was a good book!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Betty Seaman

    What a fun read! Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and all references to baking!

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