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Sarah Bowen is trapped in Orange Blossom...and she’s desperate to escape.
The day Sarah dropped her college-bound best friends off at the airport, she vowed to follow in their footsteps...soon. While she worked in her family’s pie shop and socked away every spare dime toward her expenses at a world-renowned culinary school, she dreamed of the day she’d become a famous chef and open her own restaurant. But Sarah’s plans have simmered on the back burner when one disaster after another delayed her plans. Her friends have established careers and started families while she remained trapped in a small town filled with nosy matrons who frown as they look over her shoulder. It’s no wonder that resentment has added a bitter undercurrent to Sarah’s otherwise bubbly personality, the same way finely chopped liver creates depth in her bolognaise sauce.
On the hunt for the next big hit in his family’s ever-expanding line of snack foods, Craig Star doesn’t expect much when a feisty brunette hands him a slice of orange meringue pie and insists it will change his life. One bite convinces the confirmed bachelor he’s found more than the winning entry in this year’s Patty-Cake cook-off. But with his future on the line, Craig can’t help peppering Sarah with kisses during early morning runs through the town’s picturesque streets, any more than she can stop herself from falling in love with the handsome newcomer during the long nights they spend tinkering with recipes in the bakery’s kitchen.
But problems rise like cakes in an oven when Sarah discovers that success comes at a cost that may put her family’s pie shop out of business, a move that will deliver a devastating blow to Orange Blossom’s economy just when Sarah has grown to appreciate the town’s quaint streets and neighbors who watch out for one another. She turns to her girlfriends for comfort and advice when, with the fate of Orange Blossom hanging in the balance, Craig chooses a place in the boardroom over his love for her. Whatever she decides, she must face the consequences because, this time, she will have no one but herself to blame for the outcome.
SWEET DREAMS by Leigh Duncan "Orange Blossom" series book 2
Sarah feels like she has been trapped for 10 years in this town, wanting to go to culinary school. Once again dreams have to be put aside, family is shocked that she is still thinking of it.
Craig wanting his father's respect, and if he could think of a new snack item
for the business of Patty-Cake, if nothing else he would get a cushy office.
Small town, a fair, lots of items to sample, when he comes to Sarah's. Could this be what he was looking for, not only for the company, but Sarah intrigued him. A good read, of two people, having dreams of their own, and maybe love and a home . Interesting of how it al comes together. And one wonders how the pie she makes would taste. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.