Friday, 22 January 2016

Book Review - A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton - Blog Tour

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Title: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Author: Linn B Halton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 15th January 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Life isn’t all love and cupcakes … 
Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better. 
But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she can’t help but feel that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job? 
Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed. 
But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there … 

Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015 

Having read a few of Linn B Halton's books in the last year, I feel very confident in saying that A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love is her best yet. It is such a sweet, touching and loving romantic story, told from various perspectives. At times I was getting very frustrated with Katie, but I was living in hope that he situation would change.

Having just read a bucket load of Christmas books, I was marginally worried about the mention of two Christmases in the blurb, but I needn't have been. The book is not a festive story, more a book of very distinct passing of time, using special cake orders for Christmas and birthdays as a very useful mechanism. 

The cakes in question are truly magnificent, and all the cakes in the Sweet Occasions bakery sound scrumptious. 

I believe this is probably what is known as a slow burner romance, you get the feeling that two characters are destined for each other, but a lot of story gets in between that happening, and in this case the story is enjoyable to read. 

I loved the various chapter headings which told you which character's point of view that chapter was going to be from, as well a overall theme for the chapter. If you are reading this over a period of time, I think this would really help you out. All the characters have distinct voices, and I was finding myself loving Adam and Lily a whole lot more than Katie and Steve.

I did like Katie, but since the reader was able to see their relationship , from the outsiders point of view, I couldn't help but wonder why on earth she was still with Steve. He goes from one minute wanting Katie to stop working at Sweet Occasions (her dream bakery), to practically becoming a partner in the business. I just couldn't help but feel a sense of doom at some of their decisions. 

Grace, Adam's grandma was enchanting, and although spirits, ghosts and me, don't normally get along, I had no problem at all with Grace's beliefs that she was able to see dead family members and able to have conversations with them, It all came across so naturally, and I have to believe that it was a real comfort to Grace. 

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love was a fabulous way to spend a winters evening, and I found myself hooked on what was happening between the pages. 

Thanks so much to Linn B Halton for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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.

Twitter: @LinnBHalton FB: Linn B Halton Author

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  1. Oooh, scrumptious review! Well dome, Linn! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! Love it. :) xx

  2. Ah, thank you Rachel - just thrilled you enjoyed it and thank you so much for taking the time to read and review, and for your general support! You're amazing! Lx


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