The Blurb: Lorelei’s cupcakes aren’t just ordinary cupcakes...
Quirky Lorelei Bradley knows what lonely hearts crave—hers being the loneliest heart of all. When she arrives in town, no one is prepared for what she has in store. Luxurious and alluring to the point of being nearly magical, Lorelei’s confections lead her straight out of despair and into very her own bakery by the sea. The problem is, she’s a woman on the run.
... they’re the cure for empty hearts and broken dreams.
Cobweb Corners, New Hampshire has only a few police officers—one being handsome Chase Harris. But Chase is surprised when the only thing more interesting than Sea Salt Caramel or Madagascar Vanilla and Honey is their mysterious and entrancing creator. With a bag of stolen cash under Lorelei’s bed and a few illegal trespassing incidents under her belt, will he wind up arresting her, or will she whisk her way into his broken heart? What is her secret anyway?
Every time I read Ms. DeleCourt's writing, it's like laying back in a hammock and getting lulled into serenity. Her writing is evocative, whimsical and musical.
I absolutely loved book 1 in this series, The Fortune Teller's Garden, so I was anxious to get started on book 2. My expectations were high and even though the story took a slightly different direction, I was not disappointed.
We're taken back to Cobweb Corners, a quaint little seaboard town where the newest member of the community has a special gift.
Lorelei is a baker and her specialty is cupcakes. She learned a few things from her Aunt Adelaide but there is something far more magical feeding her talent. Her inspirations are carried on the wind and her sweets are flavored with hope, love and the fulfillment of dreams.
Lorelei has had a rough life and the opportunity to reopen her aunt's bakery is her chance to finally escape her past and embrace a new future filled with friends and even love. Like the fairy-tale princesses that fill her subconscious, she yearns for a happily ever after.
Our hero, Chase, is a widower and lawman. He's puzzled not only by Lorelei's beautiful strangeness but also by the pull she has on him. Their journey is filled with humor, insecurities and misunderstandings but they are exactly what the other needs, if they're only brave enough to take the chance.
This was a fast read and really felt more like a novella than a novel. Although our focus is on the two main characters, we spend a good amount of time getting to know other characters whose lives are changed with the help of Lorelei's confections.
I loved how the other character's journeys were sprinkled in between the main story line. Just like Lorelei's unique desserts, the story is filled with distinct flavors that you wouldn't think would work well together. But they do and create a magically moving tale about pursuing happiness and taking a leap of faith.
This was another beautifully written story filled with vivid imagery and well-developed characters. I am addicted to the magic and am hopeful for future additions.
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