Monday, October 17, 2016

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton - Book Review & Giveaway


Book review
 
 
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Review by Tanya

 Katie has a cake making business and shop called Sweet Occasions. She meets Adam, an IT specialist who travels a lot, completely by chance. They get to know each other on a wet day, on the run up to Christmas, when Adam is visiting his grandmother Grace. He has forgotten her present and tries to correct his mistake. There is an immediate attraction between Katie and Adam, but they do not recognise it. Katie is in a long term relationship and Adam isn’t interested in dating anyone, because his main focus is his daughter Lily. After their first chance meeting Katie and Adam see each other on many occasions, but they are all months apart. Each time they talk they reveal more about themselves to each other, but there's so much distance between them. Will there ever be a way for them to really get to know each other?

There are a lot of forms of love, for example love for family, love between friends and love between the two halves of a couple. Strong feelings aren’t always the easiest to handle and relationships can break down, but there's a silver lining, the little spark that's waiting to be ignited. I liked the story line of A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love and liked that it is told through the eyes of each of the main characters. This allows the reader to truly understand how they think and how they feel. I admit to changing my mind about a few of the characters as the story continued. I loved to be surprised and had fun trying to understand why they acted in the manner they did.

I actually think my favourite characters of A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love were Grace and Lily. Grace is such a knowing person who cares greatly for her family, both past and present. I appreciated how she could see the ghosts of her past husband and daughter and how they supported and helped her. I think Lilly was a star and found myself giggling at some of the things she said and enjoyed her wise thinking behind the others. She seemed to lighten each tough situation. She reminded me of my girls at that age, which made the story very realistic for me.

I liked the amazing sounding flavours and descriptions of Katie's cakes. They're incredibly vivid and I could almost taste Katie's creations. It was hard to resist going out to buy some cupcakes. A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love is a book that is great to snuggle and read under a blanket, accompanied with a hot chocolate and of course a yummy cupcake. It will leave everyone feeling warm and cosy.

Extract

Grandma Grace peers at me with interest over the top of her glasses, taking the box from my hands and placing it on the side. She wraps her arms around as much of me as she can reach, being at least a foot shorter, and gives me a fierce hug.

‘Thank you, my dear, but the only present I wanted was to see you standing here in one piece. It’s such a long journey and the weather! That rain is relentless, so many places are flooded. To think of you at the side of the road worried me to death and I will admit to saying a few little prayers as one hour turned into two, then three …’

She raises her eyebrow sternly, but it’s a brief moment before those twinkly blue eyes are full of love and laughter again.

‘My boy is here and that’s all that counts.’

‘Grandma, I haven’t been a boy for many years,’ I retort, softly, as she releases me with a tender pat on my back. She might be in her twilight years but her spirit is strong and her mind as sharp as ever. We all thought she’d fade away when Pop died, but the truth is he’s the one who would have faded if she had gone first.

‘You will always be a boy to me. Now, tell me more about this guardian angel of yours.’

While the tea is brewing and the cake is sliced, I hang around the kitchen as I did when I was growing up. Grandma Grace was always easy to talk to; she seemed to understand even when the words wouldn’t come. Her instincts filled in the gaps at times when even I couldn’t make sense of what was going on inside my head. After this failed relationship I began to despair of ever finding someone special.

‘You can’t hurry love,’ she’d told me. ‘It takes time to find your soulmate and in the process you change and grow. That’s why young love often withers, as Pop would have said. Two people either change and grow together, or they grow apart. Love is about sustaining what comes after that first hormonal rush.’

‘But that wasn’t the case for the two of you,’ I remember pointing out.

‘There has to be an exception to every rule,’ she’d replied, with a wicked smile. ‘We were lucky. Fate was kind to us. But with hindsight, we were too young and naive to understand that until much later in life. Don’t fret, Adam, there’s a wonderful young woman out there for you when the time is right.’

Sadly, when I reached that point it too turned out to be yet another huge failure. This time the consequences had been more painful than I could ever have imagined. Kelly was everything I thought I wanted in a woman and, after adjusting to the shock of an unplanned pregnancy, she was a fantastic mother. With hindsight I can see now that parenthood came too early in our relationship, we hardly knew each other. Suddenly I was a family man and yet, surprisingly, the role seemed to come naturally to me. I loved Sunday mornings the best. When a little head would appear on the pillow next to me at some unearthly hour and a warm little hand would wind its way around my neck.

Lily Grace is my sanity, my raison d’être.

 About Linn B. Halton

 
“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache…”

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award. Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.
 
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Giveaway
 
One very lucky winner will receive a £10 Amazon gift card from Linn B. Halton.
 

37 comments:

  1. I think the cover is pretty and I love it! 💜💚💛❤

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  2. I love the cover, it has a retro feel about it.

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  3. I love the cover, gets me in the Christmas mood!

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  4. It´s a great cover! Can´t wait ´til christmas! :)

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  5. I really love the colours, think it's quite eyecatching x :)

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  6. Thanks so much, Tanya, and your review has left ME feeling very warm and cosy on this chilly autumnal morning! So thrilled to be here again and thank you so much for kicking off the tour! Lxx

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  7. I love the snowflakes against the blue sky. Very pretty.

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  8. Love the cover! Very eye-catching

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  9. It's very nice I would pick the book up & have a read. I would make the black bubble with the writing in a little smaller though so you can see more of the picture :)

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  10. It looks lovely, romantic and Christmassy

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  11. I love the colours it reminds me of christmas x

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  12. Very Christmassy, almost Dickensian!

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  13. It very sweet, I like the snow-covered sign.

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  14. I love the cover. Sounds like a great read.

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  15. It's beautiful, but it reminds me that the cold will be here soon.

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  16. I agree it's beautiful , and appeals to me - would likely stand out on the shelf :)

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  17. Love the cover looks very romantic ��

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  18. I really like the cover! It's pretty!

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  19. I like the cover. It reminds me of someone sifting powdered sugar on top of some yummy dessert.

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  20. I looove the winter scene and classy vintage shop sign. So cute!

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  21. I like that the cover is light and airy just like snow :)

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  22. I adore the cover. So charming. It looks like it belongs on a small-town store.
    Dianna

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  23. The cover really gives a warm wintery feeling, thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. I like the colours - it grabs your attention!

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  25. A little generic, kind of over blue and pink mixes.

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  26. I like the cover, blue is so much better than pink!

    @polly58

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  27. It gets me excited for the winter and Christmas. I really like the blue too :)

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  28. I love the colour - it is very attractive and catches one's attention amongst all the books for sale on the shelves.

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