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Neighbors who care, a peaceful routine--accountant Adeline Lamont is glad some things about her beloved hometown never change. But when her grandfather is injured, she has to run the family store, Chocolate Haven, and make its legendary fudge. Trouble is, she can't get the recipe right to save her life--or Chocolate Haven. And she doesn't need her ornery new tenant, Sinclair Jefferson, stirring up the pot with his help--and daring Addie to taste her wild side
Once Sinclair gets his hapless brother back on track, he's leaving Benevolence for good this time. He's made his life far away from his irresponsible family and their scandals. Trouble is, he can't quite stay away from Addie's optimism, enticing plus-size curves, and kindness to those who need it most. But they don't seem to have a thing in common--except that Addie's passion for chocolate, and for Benevolence, is just as contagious as Sinclair's passion for her. Maybe small-town life has its charms after all
Praise for Shirlee McCoy's Apple Valley Novels
"A delicious treat. Don't miss a visit to Apple Valley " --Emily March, "New York Times "bestselling author
"Sweet as pie." --"Publishers Weekly"
"A wonderful, warmhearted story." --"RT Book Reviews""
- ISBN-13: 9781420139273
- ISBN-10: 1420139274
- Publisher: Zebra
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 336
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.35 pounds
Series: Home Sweet Home Novel #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Romantic suspense author McCoy (Deadly Christmas Secrets) turns to sweet contemporary in a new series about three sisters from Benevolence, Wash. Curvy redhead Adeline Lamont is up to her elbows in chocolate, keeping her grandfather’s confectioner shop open while he recovers from a broken hip. Her accounting business, her recently adopted puppy, and an elderly friend’s imminent wedding add to the chaos. In walks Sinclair Jefferson, who escaped Benevolence and his toxic family years ago, but is back to set his brother in order—and he’s renting Adeline’s grandfather’s apartment for the time being. It’s tried-and-true stuff, if a little heavy on backstory, and McCoy writes satisfying prose. What’s occasionally disconcerting is that the sweet setup is given an edge with dialogue that can only be described as mean. Characters talk to and about each other with a lack of generosity that is puzzling in this otherwise sugar-dusted tale. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, Knight Agency. (Mar.)