ROMANCE

The Ingredients of You and Me

Gallery. (Hopeless Romantics, Bk. 3). May 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781501178894. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Parker is at loose ends after selling her successful bakery. Not only does she not know what her next steps will be, but it seems she’s lost her baking mojo. Then, her best friend talks her into vising Hope Lake, PA, to find inspiration. With the help of some delightful senior women and the support of Charlotte (the heroine from Meet Me on Love Lane), Parker starts to rediscover herself. The only complicating factor is Nick, the man from Hope Lake whom she was secretly dating for months until he ghosted her. Now Nick and his practically perfect new girlfriend are popping up everywhere, yet the attraction between Parker and Nick is still just as intense. Will Parker be able to make her cake and eat it too?
VERDICT The romance is predictable yet satisfying, but the true charm of this story is the path Parker takes to rediscovering her passion for baking with help from a cast of supporting characters that will make readers want to reach for the first two books in the series and look forward to future installments.

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