Cover Design: Lori Jackson Design
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: June 27, 2019
Anything your tongue desires, I can bake it. Scones? Child’s play. Cupcakes?
I’ll frost them so good you won’t know what hit you. Donuts? Please.
You’re talking to a master baker.
But there’s one egg I’ve never been able to crack.
My best friend.
Correction: My former best friend.
She’s the apple in my pie. The whip in my cream. The lemon in my meringue. The
wish in my bone.
She’s the one who got away.
After ten years in the military, she’s back. She’s bruised and battered by
life, but she’s back.
Except she’s not my second chance. She’s gone to the dark side.
Running a rival bakery in a town not big enough for two.
So now I have to decide—which do I want more?
Or the woman I never should’ve let go in the first place?Master Baker is a deliciously fun friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy
featuring a smooth-talking baker, the one who got away, and a goat with more
matchmaking tendencies than a nosy old grandpa. It stands alone with no
cheating or cliffhangers.
I’ve read every single one of Pippa Grant’s books. The first several ones, loosely centering around the same group of friends/family, were delightful. I loved America’s Geekheart. But lately, I noticed I am finding her books exhausting. It’s almost like the previous books were so organically funny, that the author is trying to keep up and outdo the previous book in humor each time, except that there is too much of a good thing. It’s more slapstick and cartoonish.
BUT that isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy this book. Quite the opposite, actually. Grady and Annika are incredible together. Annika’s relationships with her mother and sister are heartwarming. I adore how the three of them are there for each other. The support their towns show each of them is the best part of small town life. However, all of that can still be brought to life without a zany-animal-for-a-pet gimmick and over-the-top supporting characters. I mean, I get a small town rivalry. I can easily see residents of each town goading the other with their trash talk, but then all getting a beer together after work on Friday. But these people hate each other simply because they live 10 miles away! And as wonderful of a mother as Maria is, and big sister that Annika is, why doesn’t either one stop and tell the 13 year old that it actually *isn’t* okay to hate someone just because they live in another town?
There are some incredibly touching moments in the book, too. Every time Annika and Bailey celebrated one of their mother’s accomplishments. Amy coming to interview and why she was there. But my heart broke for Annika during the competition when she saw the cameraman.
Overall, this is a great book like the previous books Ms Grant has written. Don’t miss a fantastic love story because too much comedy fell into the batter.
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