Every now and then, I need to read a book like The Ingredients of You and Me. It is the third in the Hopeless Romantics series and I hadn’t read the first two – which was not essential as this book stands nicely on its own. This is not my normal genre but these are not normal times.
Parker is a successful baker in Brooklyn, NY and a bit of a celebrity having made appearances on several Food Network competitions and also has a popular YouTube channel. She’s burnt out from working all the time and was recently burned by her last boyfriend. She accepts a “too good to refuse” offer to sell her business (the cleverly named Delicious and Vicious Bakery) and the sale included all her recipes. Seeking to recharge, develop new recipes, and figure out Phase 2 of her life, Parker decides to head to Hope Lake a small touristy town two hours away in Pennsylvania, home of her best friend Charlotte. And the home of her ex, Nick.
This book reads like a Hallmark Channel movie. We meet a group of incredibly endearing characters including a group of “Golden Girls” who encourage and inspire Parker. We also meet Nick’s new girlfriend– the seemingly perfect Jillian.
No surprises here – just lots of sweetness (and some interesting dessert receipts to boot!) If you want something more filling, this isn’t the book for you but a cute, cozy, feel-good book can do wonders if you are like me and have been reading much heavier books lately.
Many thanks to Goodreads, Gallery Books and Nina Bocci for a digital copy of The Ingredients of You and Me.
Rated 4 out of 5 comfy stars.
Publication Date: April 28, 2020.
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