The Sweetest Match
An Applebottom Matchmaker Society Small Town Sweet Romance
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She hid secret messages in frosting, thinking no one would notice.
Abby Tyler welcomes you to the witty, well-meaning busybodies of Applebottom, Missouri, where the community takes its pies -- and its matchmaking -- very seriously.
When Sandy Miller emerges from her shack on the edge of town after eighteen years, she finds a job making tea cakes for a little shop on Town Square.
But then everyone starts spotting secret words of love and longing on her cakes.
Andrew McCallister is the first to admit that he never got over Sandy Miller when she dropped out of high school and disappeared. But now she's back.
He just has to get the guts to talk to her.
When the town summons the pair to a meeting to plan the school’s centennial bash, Andrew and Sandy discover they are the only two members of the committee. As they attempt to rekindle the long-lost flame, Sandy realizes her messages have been seen by the town, and maybe she doesn't regret them after all.
A great start to a new series!
Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I don't read very many "sweet" romances these days. But, when a favorite author comes out with a new pen name, and writes a sweet book, I'm gonna read it. Abby Tyler is the new small-town romance pen name of USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy / JJ Knight and I love nearly everything she's written – no matter what she calls herself. 😊
The Sweetest Match really is a sweet, but engaging and page turning, romance story. Sandy was the town outcast when she got pregnant and left school at 15 years-old. The no-good boy who got her pregnant denied everything and smeared her name so that she couldn't even show her face in town any longer. Now she's back and decorating cakes with a special flair for Betty Johnson at Tea for Two.
Andrew McAllister blew it back in high-school when he never got up the courage to ask Sandy out. He hated how the town crucified her after she became pregnant. No one really knows who her baby-daddy is but he doesn't care anyway; he just wants another chance to get to know her and maybe see where his attraction to her might go.
This story really has a lot going for it: Town busybodies who see themselves as matchmakers and want to get Andrew and Sandy together; an intriguing heroine who has exceptional cake decorating skills; a hero with an unrequited crush on the heroine and a bad guy as the baby-daddy.
I enjoyed reading about the developing relationship between Sandy and Andrew. Both of them have their insecurities but finally manage to overcome them and get their HEA.
If you're looking for a great story with no cussing and no sex but is still a compelling story, I highly recommend The Sweetest Match; I can't want to read the next book in the series.
***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
Quick, light, fun, entertaining read. No steam here, but the story has romance and the requisite HEA most of us expect. The small town of Applebottom, MO (who thinks these names up? Why, Ms. Tyler does.) Is a den of busybodies, who set out to insure this story has the spark to keep it interesting. Put your feet up, grab a glass of your favorite adult beverage and enjoy.