Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell ~ Book Review by Teresa

It’s called comfort food for a reason.

Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.

Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.

CookiesForCourtingLG Title: Cookies for Courting

Author: Amber Kell

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

After his sister’s death, businessman Marshall Hunter gains custody of his niece. Unused to children, Marshall struggles to connect with her. In an effort to make her more comfortable in her new home, he hires professional muralist Pace Barlow to personalize her room.

Pace is intrigued by his tiny client, and even more interested in her handsome uncle, but Pace isn’t certain he’s ready for the commitment of an instant family.

When Marshall decides to move for the sake of his niece, will he be able to keep his relationship with his young artist, or will he have to give up love to become a good father for a lonely little girl?

The love baked into an old-fashioned recipe might bring the two men together, but some things take more than magical cookies to fix.

Teresa’s View:

Cookies for Courting was a sweet tale about an artist and an executive (who was guardian to his niece). However it lacked substance between the main characters; they don’t date and only have a few encounters. Towards the end, the plot became a little over the top. Things happened that did not make sense logically, but seemed just there to create drama.

I didn’t believe the feelings between Pace and Marshall. I felt it was mostly superficial physical attraction that wasn’t given any time to develop before “I love yous” were declared. The whole book took place in just a week.

I was also disappointed in how little a role the cookbook played. It was mentioned, but it felt like an aside rather than the focus of the book.

My favourite part was that I believed Alice to be an eight year old girl. Her speech and mannerisms fit the age. I appreciated that as, so often, children are either portrayed as little adults or toddlers, no matter what age they actually are.

Overall, this was my least favourite of the series so far.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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