Some things are better than chocolate.... Molly O'Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more.
After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she's ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can't always pick who your heart latches on to. When Jordan Tuscana, the beautiful younger sister of her lost love, returns to town, Molly finds her interest piqued in a manner for which she wasn't prepared. As secrets are uncovered, Molly and Jordan must figure out how to navigate the difficult terrain of their multifaceted relationship - especially when something much deeper seems to be bubbling between them.
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"Awesome story, well told"
This is my very favorite of Melissa Brayden's books. Her background in theater is obvious in her delightful dialogue and precision pacing. I've liked this author from the beginning, but she continues to improve with each book. Her main characters are well developed and surrounded by a cast of interesting secondary characters. I also thought the narrator did a good job with the reading. Can't recommend this enough. It's an excellent story.
The story deals with grief and family. With small town businesses competing with, and usually losing to franchises and chain stores.
Molly O'Brien has taken over her father's bakery and is struggling to survive in a world ruled by Starbucks. Her Wife Cassie has been dead four years now but the pain is still fresh and she hasn't even started to move on. The upcoming occasion of her father-in-law's 60th birthday has brought home Cassie's younger sister Paula. Paula is a film producer and in her medical career family constitutes not only under achievement status but makes her the family black sheep. As a child she'd longed for Molly in the manner of a younger sibling having a crush on her older sibs girlfriend. Paula is now all grown up and hasn't yet overcome that long ago childhood crush on Molly. Or it has at least grown into something more now.
They do the best they can to keep their attraction within acceptable limits, particularly Molly but this is a romance novel, so you can guess how well that works. At least in this case there is a logical reason for their trepidation; after all hooking up with a sibling's ex is likely to create some tension in the family even if the sibling in question is dead.
I've only been reading this genre for two or three years now and one of my first impressions of it was that the amount of drama was way overblown; a reliable source informs me that it's not. The whole lack of communication thing is another story.
There are less cliches and usual plot devices in this work than in the standard type in this genre. A bit too much Hallmark Channel in spots but this selection is still in the upper echelon of the genre.
"Wish it was a movie!"
Great from beginning to end, Someone should make a movie of it. These are the types of movies I love!!
"Sweet Baby Jesus this book"
I couldn't stop listening to the book. In less than a day I was done. Would recommend for anyone. Matter of fact I have already told my best friends about this book.
"Sweet as sugar"
Just lovely. At first I was sort of hesitant but they story pulls you in pretty quickly with the characters. I fell in love with the two leading ladies and was hooked.
The narrator does a pretty good job at creating a smooth but noticeable transition for each character.
I would recommend this to someone for sure.
The narration was outstanding! I could definitely hear the difference in voices and I could physically imagine how Jordan and Molly would have looked by the narrators voice. The story was very enjoyable. The narration was fantastic...did I already say fantastic?.....cause it was....fantastic....
"EXCELLENT AUDIO NOVEL"
Novel was well written and very well narrated. Would highly recommend. Will definitely listen to more novels by Melissa Brayden.
Fantastic character development. Unique story line. Listened to several by this author and this is my new favorite.
"Needs a different narrator."
I only made it to chapter 2. The narration is terrible. Don't do voice impersonation. Just read the book.
"Sweet it is"
Wonderful I loved this story!! Very well written all characters are so real!! Worth it's weight in molly dollies!! Yes!
I really loved this f/f romance. It is a very straight forward lesbian romance set in small town USA. The reason this one works so well how it is written. It is first person, narration with a lot of dialogue based prose (by this I mean much of the narration is expressed using the characteristics of the point of view character). This makes it a pleasant and heart warming listen. The style lends itself well to the reader engaging with the main characters, Molly and Jordan. The conflict is primarily around Molly letting go of her past, and Jordan wanting to ensure she does the right thing for all. The supporting characters are also very engaging adding a great additional dimension. There are a number of erotic interludes (as you would expect) and it provides a great "I love you" moment, which is key to a good romance. Narrator Felicity Munroe does a excellent job bringing the characters to life (amazing Molly). The only niggle is there are a number of reoccurring character actions which become noticeable after a while, but I don't consider a big deal (hand on chin, move strand of hair, lift one shoulder). All in all a great and style of writing that adds an extra dimension to the f/f romance genre. Great work.
Really enjoyed this book. Great storyline and the narrator is my favourite yet! five stars
"Another lovely story from Melissa"
Really well read by Felicity too. (as are the others she has done), thoroughly enjoyed it. Genuinely added to the story for me
I had moments where I laughed out loud and I really felt that I was there and rooting for them. Again this author has not let me down
"I got a bit bored"
At first I enjoyed the story and I did listen right through to the end. My problem was that (this is a bit difficult to do without spoiling) it gets a bit worthy and overworked in the middle section. The resolution is ok, but I fell out of love with the characters a bit by then.
I found this book totally endearing. The story, the characters and the emotion was like nothing I have read before. it was an enchanting book that put you through an emotional rollercoaster. Very well written and read. I could not find a fault and would recommend the writer and the reader, both amazing.
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