Mom Com

Blackstone. Nov. 2023. 380p. ISBN 9798212015370. $25.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
YA author Mather (Hunting November) makes her adult debut with this delightful tale of second-chance romance. Madeline DeLuca returns to her hometown of Haverberry, MA, after suffering a humiliating defeat and breakdown on a nationally televised baking show. Going home to deal with her father’s will, and his bakery that she loves so much, also means returning to her mother’s constant disappointment and Jake, the absent father of her son Spence. And then there is Wilder Buenaventura—the boy, the man, Maddi’s best friend, her everything—right up until he wasn’t. Much to Maddi’s mother’s delight and Wilder’s mother’s dismay, Maddi and Wilder are required by her father’s will to co-own the bakery, working side by side every morning, dredging up old slights and new fantasies along the way. As Maddi and Wilder are caught between the mistakes of the past and the possibilities of the future, the bakery might just provide the second chance they need.
VERDICT Romance fans will delight in the story, the addition of sweet bakery treats, and the showdown between the judgmental town, the snooty Buenaventuras, and the pull of the love that got away.
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