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Review – Dynamite by Ravinder Randhawa


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When the lovely Faye Rogers announced that she was hosting a blog tour for the books Dynamite and Beauty and the Beast by Ravinder Randhawa I jumped at the chance to be a part of it as soon as I read the blurbs!  These books sounded so interesting and diverse that I really wanted to see what they were all about.  I am completely over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for these books and I am so happy I have had the chance to read them!

For my first stop on this brilliant blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the collection of short stories in the book Dynamite!

You can also check out my review of Beauty and the Beast by Ravinder Randhawa here !

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers and Ravinder Randhawa for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.

Don’t forget to check out the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post!


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Collection of short stories: Fun, feisty, tender and wry. Full of imagination and originality, stories of innocence and experience, British-Asianess and life’s haunting complexity. From kick-ass heroines to mysterious spacecraft; the heartache of first love to the inheritance of history; the echo of distant war zones to treacherous boyfriends; riots and violent murder.


Publisher – CreateSpace

Published – 29th September 2014

Pages – 132 pages

Format – Paperback & Ebook

Category – Short Stories

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the lovely Faye Roger and the author Ravinder Randhawa as part of the blog tour.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you both for sending this to me to read!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Dynamite is a wonderful collection of fun and tender stories all told from the point of view of strong Asian women.  Prior to reading Dynamite I fully put my hands up here and admit that I had not yet read ANY other books by Ravinda Randhawa!  But after reading this collection of short stories this is soon to be rectified as it left me craving more!

I always ensure that my reading in general includes diversity.  It’s important and I really do believe that we need more diverse books out there so we can learn from characters experiences or feel not so alone when we find a character is just like us.  Dynamite for me champions diversity and opened my mind to a culture and traditions I knew little about and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

With this book I have been taken on a thrilling journey to find a missing diamond and a mysterious spacecraft!  I have read about first love and traditions, family values and missing family.  My heart has been broken reading about riots, murder and racism.  I have also been intrigued by mystery, but most of all I have been on a journey with this book with such a wide range of diverse characters it really is a must read.

Normal Times

This story is about family and a fictional society.  About a mother who was outcaste from her own family for breaking tradition and what her family believed in and about a daughter that to help find her missing brother strives to teach her mother that the world as changed.  This is a story that emphasises what tradition and cultures mean to people and although the tradition of the majkari sets are fictional in this story you get a good sense of value and what these sets mean to the characters and their lives.

India

This was one of my favourites.  A story of first love, how it feels to be in love and betrayal.  After falling for the boy who’s Dad is the richest guy in town and nicknamed Goldfinger due to the amount of gold chains and rings he wears India learns about love, hope and heartbreak.  The traditions of love and marriage are very much the forefront in this story and it is written so beautifully.

Sunni

Again another one of my favourites.  This story is fictional but based on real life events in Southall in the late 70’s about a racist attack and murder.  It brings racism and politics to the forefront with the main character Sunni striving to help others in her commuinity and the terrifying problems she encounters from racists, a boy and the police.  My heart was fully captured by this story and I felt the feelings of the main character so much.  A very powerful and moving story.

The Heera

This story took me on a journey to find the precious Diamond of Diamonds which carries a story, a legend of a woman’s treachery and betrayal from many years before.  When the Diamond of Diamonds goes missing it’s down to our main character, a kick-ass lawyer turned super thief to plot and plan to steal the diamond back to it’s rightful place before it gets into the wrong hands forever!  This story was fun and oh so enjoyable!  For me it brought to the forefront of how much legend really does live on once it is created, time after time, year after year.  Is the legend true or has it changed over time to become a story?

Pedal Push

This is a love story about the possibility of taking chances with the main character dealing with lots of feelings, emotions and decisions to make.   It makes you question that maybe we are not as free as we think we are and that in life we have choices which gradually reduce.  It actually made me really think long after finishing this story about how life can take different turns by the choices we make and the chances we may sometimes miss and let pass by.

The Maharanis House

A kind of mystery story of a house full of mystery and intrigue set in the 1980’s.  A successful well off couple move into a new house, in a new neighbourhood and appear to have everything they could possibly want, living comfortably.  They are intrigued by an over grown house that is a bit of an eye sore in the community and as the story develops the story of the old house unfolds through journalists, neighbourhood gossip and finally the preparation for demolition of the house.  This story was different as it contained short flashbacks to when the mysterious house was lived in by a possible Maharani (the wife of a king of India) and it was intriguing to gain glimpses into the past and then into the present again and I could really imagine the house in it’s previous former glory back in it’s day.

Time Traveller

This story is about a girl who has had a psychic extra-terrestrial out of body experience which came as rather a surprise, but changed her out look on her life.  It details a families struggles in the world and when things do not work out as planned or hoped.  Can we really follow our dreams and be happy?  It’s a very thought provoking story.

Its so hard to pick a favourite story out of this collection.  I really did love them all and they are all so individual.  I think I managed to whittle down to my favourite 3…no 4… you see my point.  If I had to pick a favourite it would be between Sunni and India as I really connected with the characters and really felt how they were feeling and what they were experiencing and this was down to the wonderful writing style!

So there we have it!  I highly recommend reading this collection a real treasure and champion of diversity!

I award this book 4 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy Dynamite by Ravinda Randhawa here

Or why not add it to your Goodreads wish list here

You can also check out my review of Ravinder Randhawa’s Beauty and the Beast here

Or a fab poetry guest post by Ravinder Randhawa here

You can also check out a guest post from Ravinder about her favourite scenes in her other book The Coral Strand here


About Ravinda Randhawa

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Ravinder Randhawa is the acclaimed author of the novels Beauty and the Beast (YA), A Wicked Old Woman, The Tiger’s Smile and the short story collection Dynamite. She’s currently working on a trilogy: The Fire-Magician. Ravinder was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Toynbee Hall, Queen Mary’s University, the University of London, and founded the Asian Women Writer’s Collective.

 Ravinder was born in India, grew up in leafy Warwickshire, now lives in London and agrees with Samuel Johnson’s saying (though of course, in a gender non-specific way) ‘…if a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’  Loves good coffee and really good thrillers.

Website: http://www.ravinderrandhawa.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealRavs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ravinderrandhawaauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3518698.Ravinder_Randhawa


Ravinder Randhawa Blog Tour

Why not follow or catch up on the rest of this wonderful blog tour!

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Link to Tour Schedule

http://fayerogers.co.uk/tour-schedule-ravinder-randhawa-blog-tour

Monday 25th May

An Awful Lot of Books

 Tuesday 26th May

Bookaholic Confessions

Big Book Little Book

 Wednesday 27th May

Tales of Yesterday

 Thursday 28th May

Maia Moore Reads

 Friday 29th May

Man of Words

 Saturday 30th May

The Book Moo

Read Rant Review

 Sunday 31st May

Tales of Yesterday

 


Giveaway!

There is a tour-wide giveaway during the tour.

The prizes include;

3 Paperback copies of Dynamite

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


Have you read Dynamite or any other books by Ravinda Randhawa?  What did you think?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading….go pick up a copy of this book straight away!

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Review – My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors Edited by Stephanie Perkins


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A collection of joyful festive stories that will keep you warm during the cold winter months

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . .

This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

This hardback edition features a ribbon marker and pink sprayed edges, and is the perfect gift.


Publisher – Macmillan Children’s Books

Date Published – 9th October 2014

Pages – 368 pages

Format – Hardback

Category – YA / Romance

Source – Bought


 ** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


I read this book, a collection of twelve winter romances by YA authors, in the run up to Christmas, over Christmas and after Christmas.  It was perfect in everyway and I loved it so so much!

I cannot begin to talk about this book without first acknowledging the absolutely beautiful and stunning cover published by Macmillan Children’s Books.  Its breath-taking.  The pictures really do not do this book justice at all.  A beautiful light blue hardback cover with pink decoration and beautiful pink sprayed edges to pages.  Its so pretty!  I was also transported back to my childhood with a beautiful gold ribbon marker attached to the book.  It’s just amazing and made me fall in love with the book before even starting to read it.  Well done to Macmillan Children’s Books – just stunning!

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My True Love Gave To Me is a wonderful collection of winter romances from the likes of Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Laini Taylor and Holly Black.  All of these authors I had previously heard of, but this book also features some authors that were not as well known to me including Matt de la Pena, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Jenny Han, Kiersten White and Ally Carter.  I fully put my hands up here and admit that with the exception of David Levithan I have not yet read ANY books by the other authors!  Yes that includes Rainbow Rowell!  I only have myself to blame *hangs head in shame*!  But after reading this collection this is soon to be rectified in 2015 and I like to think that this book has pushed some fab new authors to the forefront for me to discover and explore in 2015!

I always find winter a magical time of year. I love a magical wintery walk in the park and the feeling of getting home in the warm and snuggling up with a hot chocolate and a favourite book.

With this book I have been taken on a wintery treat through the North Pole and towns called Bethlehem. I have chosen Christmas Trees, read about Santa Claus and watched people fall in love. I have been left drooling by diners and a wonderful foods cooked by a delightful chef.  I have been transported to magical lands where a Christmas present is left each day or a mystery man catches my eye in the snow.  I have fell in love on New Years Eve, been part of a nativity and I have read about the impossible becoming possible.  I have been on a journey with this book with such a wide range of diverse characters it really is a must read.  I think this will be the book I read every Christmas from now on.

Midnights – Rainbow Rowell

This is the story of Mags and Noel who meet one New Years Eve over an hilarious conversation about allergies.  The story skips backwards and forwards over a 3 year time period giving a glimpse into Mags and Noels life every New Years Eve.  We get a glimpse of when they meet, when they become good friends and then when they become best friends who do everything together.  Its a story of friendship and love.

In the space of a few pages Rainbow Rowell makes Mags, Noel and all the other characters instantly likeable and you feel like you have known them longer than a few pages.  The characters and the story are well developed and doesn’t feel like a short story at all.  The best part for me in this book was Noel announcing every New Years Eve that this is “our song” and some of the most cheesiest songs are named.  Loved it!

The Lady and the Fox – Kelly Link

This is the story of Miranda, her best friend Daniel, her godmother Elspeth and a beautiful stranger called Fenny.  The story is based in a place called Honeywell Hall and we first meet Miranda when she is very young and staying for Christmas at her Godmother Elspeth’s.  This is when she first meets Fenny with his beautiful coat which includes a stitched on fox with his leg stuck in a trap which intrigues Miranda.  Year after year as Miranda grows she has to attend Honeywell Hall every Christmas and we see Miranda grow from a child to a young woman who is intrigued by the stranger Fenny who only seems to appear when it snows.

This story takes the reader through a magical ride of snow, magic and love and is like a fairy-tale to read.  What I loved about this story was the way it made me feel Christmassy as it had that feel to it and the way the characters grow so much even in a short story.  Just magical.

Angels in the Snow – Matt de la Pena

Angels In The Snow is about a young boy called Shy, a cat sitting, guitar playing student who finds himself snowed in in a foodless apartment, owned by his boss, over Christmas.  A knock on the door one day from neighbour, Haley, needing help means that there are two people alone in the building during a blizzard, but they need to get to know each other first and they find they may just be able to help each other.

Angels In The Snow is a truly touching short story.  The characters felt real to me as a reader and Matt’s realistic, beautifully written love story really touched me and all with a good old touch of humour and diversity thrown in the mix too.  A beautiful short story and a great addition to the anthology.

Check out my Q&A with the wonderful Matt de la Pena here!

Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me – Jenny Han

Natty is a human who was adopted by Santa and lives in the North Pole!  She is totally in love with an Elf called Flynn, but Flynn takes another elf to the annual Snow Ball!  Also what happened when Santa took Nat out one Christmas and she meet another human boy – yellow haired Lars?

This story was the shortest one in the book (I think), but it packed some punches with some good laughs for me including Santa loving Wham and a great reference to Quidditch Brooms.  The ending is a bit sudden and kind of felt unfinished, but upon reflection it was a perfect ending.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown – Stephanie Perkins

Marigold Moon needs a boys voice for her animated movies and she hears the perfect voice down on the Christmas Tree Farm across from her and her Mom’s top floor apartment.  The boys name is North and Marigold accidently ends up buying a Christmas Tree from the family business whilst trying to pluck up the courage to borrow his voice.  North decides to help carry and set up the Christmas tree with Marigold.

This is a touching story of selflessness, falling in love, finding a common ground and realising that maybe your life has been put on hold to help others.  I loved this…pure and simply loved it.  North was just adorable and the writing, emotions and feel of the story were fantastic.

Your Temporary Santa – David Levithan

I love David Levithan.  He writes and deals with issues in such ease its hard for me to not like anything he writes.  This is the story of a tradition that a family has where by someone dresses up as Santa and drops the presents under the tree to keep the Christmas magic alive for his little sister.  This year Connor asks his boyfriend to do him the favour and what pursues is a funny story about acceptance and love.

What I liked about this story was the fact that as a reader the Santa suit obviously has some special meaning although it is not discussed but hinted at.  I also loved that delivering the presents doesn’t go quite to plan with encounters with Connor’s family members.  A great read.

Krampuslauf – Holly Black

This is another New Years Eve story with a slice of revenge.  November the 5th is Krampusnacht where people dress up like a Krampus and celebrate Satan (I never knew this!?  Is this real?)  A group of friends decide to try and catch one of their boyfriends cheating with the main character ending up agreeing to host a New Years Eve party in a caravan inviting the cheating boyfriend and his friends and a hot guy dressed as a Krampus.

This story does not sound that festive but what follows is a magical story of revenge and the possibility that maybe your imagination can make things reality?!  A different type of winter romance, but thoroughly enjoyable.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? – Gayle Forman

As the title suggests this is the story of Sophie Roth.  Sophie has started university and feels every bit the outsider with no one understanding her and calling her “Big City” because of where she comes from.  On a crazy whim she decides to go to a carol service meeting where she meets a tall boy called Russell over a mutual love of Ned Flanders which is quite funny.  She finds that Russell also feels very much the outsider to.

This story to me seemed to be about acceptance and that maybe sometimes we cause ourselves to feel like the outsider when other people are maybe not actually thinking that way.  It’s a great love story with a great reference to The Rolling Stones!  Rock On!

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus – Myra McEntire

This story was immediately funny from the offset with the main character reflecting on pasting and glitter gluing a rabbit when he was younger with the line –

“It turns out teachers think of glitter as the herpes of the craft world, impossible to contain or exterminate”

The main character Vaughan has a reputation and is a serial prankster who accidently burns down the village church with all of the nativity props going up in smoke.  Rather than go to prison the pastor agrees for Vaughan to carry out community service and help get the annual nativity to be a success.  What he doesn’t count on is that the girl he has admired from afar may just be the one to help him change.

A very funny story and a great sense of community and team work all mixed with a Christmas nativity and love.

Welcome to Christmas, CA – Kiersten White

I loved this story so so much!  It was perfect in every way for me.

Maria lives in a town called Christmas and she cannot wait to leave.  She works in a diner for no pay, hates her family and hates her life.  Ben is the new chef that starts work at the diner and he has a special talent…he can guess what food you want before you even order it and that food will make you so happy.  Maria soon realises that maybe she is loved more than she originally thought and maybe Christmas is not as bad as she thought.

I loved Ben’s character so much and thanks to Jim over at YAYeahYeah for sending me this article that states that Ben is based on the pie maker from Pushing Daises – oh how I love him even more now I know this – thanks Jim!

Big shout out to the elf in the diner that Maria has stuck a knife in his hand and has his head cocked at a horror movie angle – this made me laugh…a lot!

Star of Bethlehem – Ally Carter

Lydia, on impulse, gives her New York flight ticket to a complete stranger, Hulda, who is desperate to get to New York.  They swap tickets.  Lydia just needs to get away and doesn’t care where she ends up.  What she doesn’t bargain for is that Hulda’s boyfriend and family are waiting for her at the other end of Hulda’s ticket and Lydia has to take on a whole new life pretending to be Hulda.  But what is Lydia running from?

I loved this.  Some lovely touching moments especially with Aunt Alice who lost her husband a child two years prior all sewn up with a nice little twist in the end.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

In the Isle of Feathers it is custom for young men to leave small gifts for their sweethearts on each of the twenty-four days of advent leading to marriage on Christmas Day.  Neve has attracted the attention of the truly terrifying sounding reverend who’s wives always end up dead.  In desperation Neve wakes the Dreamer.  Can he save her from her fate?

This short story creates a whole world of wonderful creation and the reverend gave me the shivers (I kept imagining Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs Of New York?!).  A different, but fab story to the collection.

Its so hard to pick a favourite story out of this collection.  I really did love them all and they are all so individual.  I think I managed to whittle down to my favourite 3…no 4…no 5… you see my point.  Welcome to Christmas, CA (I loved this so much!), It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown, Star of Bethlehem and Angels in the Snow were all my absolute favourites.  There is not one story that I disliked.

I asked a few twitter friends and authors what their favourite stories were from the collection and here are their thoughts……  Thanks to everyone who shared.

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CaptureCaptureCaptureCaptureCaptureCaptureSo there we have it!  As you can see everyone has their favourites and its so hard to choose just one as this book was THAT GOOD!  I really recommend this read not just at Christmas, but any time of the year and it looks so pretty on the bookcase!

 I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books

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You can buy this book here

If you would like to know any more about any of the authors above, this book or any of the authors other books please click on the links on the authors name next to the story titles.

Have you read this book?  What was your favourite story or is it too hard to pick?  Were there any you didn’t like?  If you have not read the book would you consider buying after reading this review?  I would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the post or why not tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy ?

Happy Reading….and falling in love with this book!

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Review – Petit Four by Various Authors Edited by Lucie Simone


 

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Cake is often a major part of life’s celebrations, both big and small. From birthdays to wedding days, cake, in all its delectable concoctions, marks joyous occasions with a sweetness that can’t be beat. But even better is the love that is shared when two people connect over a sweet confection. Maybe it’s a cute new guy wreaking havoc on a broken heart, or a beautiful woman testing the limits of love, or an old beau stirring up long lost desires. Whatever the circumstances, cake can always be relied upon to save the day when it comes to affairs of the heart. In this collection of short stories, cake is the delicious center around which each tale unfolds and romance blooms.

When single mom and journalist, Olivia, sets out to find romance in Cindy Arora’s “Cake Therapy,” she gets a little help from her friends and more than a few slices of cake to coax her off the couch and into the arms of a truly great love. Lucie Simone’s “Aprez Vous” finds success-driven Tara in Paris reminiscing of her long lost love, Jean Marc, and her niece bound and determined to reunite them. In “The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam” by Sue Watson, cake enthusiast, Milly, meets her match in the kitchen, and other places, when new owners take over the tea rooms where she works and her talents and her heart are put to the test. And Scott, mayor of a small seaside community, flirts with political suicide in Joel Zlotnik’s “Her Charms” when he falls for new-in-town Nicole, an entrepreneur with a passion for cupcakes, and whose latest venture proves a little too sexy for the sleepy beach town.

From San Francisco to Paris, from small towns to tea rooms, this anthology tempts readers with humor, style, romance, and the powerful aphrodisiac that is cake. Petit Four is four stories, frosted with love.

 


Publisher – Simon & Fig

Date Published – 5th November 2014

Pages – 278 pages

Format – Ebook / Kindle Edition

Category – Adult Fiction

Source – I was sent a digital copy of this book by the wonderful Kim Nash in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way.  Thank you Kim and thank you Simon & Fig.

I would also like to thank Kim for inviting me on this blog tour for Petit Four – thank you for having me!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Nom Nom Nom…..I’m writing this review of this delicious book in-between eating mouthfuls of scrummy cake!  Why you ask?  It’s simply because this book is oozing with such delicious temptation of cake that I just could not ignore my grumbly belly and my salivating mouth any longer!  Whilst reading this book I’ve enjoyed many a cupcake, French fancy, flake cake, Krispy Kreme and of course, as its Christmas, a yummy mince pie.  I can officially say that the diet went out of the window this week, but it was worth it for this book and the cake of course!

Cake is there for us through the happy and hopefully not to often sad times.  For the birthdays, the weddings, Christmas time and celebrations.  This wonderful delight of a book is filled with four short love stories that not only make you want to eat cake but also warm your heart like a huge piece of warm hot fudge cake!  All of the stories are centred around how cake brings the characters in the short stories together.  Whilst reading this book I have been taken on a trip of chocolate sprinkled delight to Paris, San Francisco , a Victorian tea room and a wonderful cocktail bar on St Patricks Day and being four short stories I was able to enjoy them and feel thoroughly on a sugar high!

Aprez Vous by Lucie Simone

I found this story so beautiful and touching.  A lovely heart-warming story set on a trip to Paris where Tara has taken her niece Marissa as a special treat following her graduation.  What unfolds is a beautiful story told by Tara to her inquisitive niece when she met a man called Jean Marc, a musician and baker, whilst travelling in Paris many years before.  Could there by a chance he still lives there?  Could this trip lead to love after all of these years?  The descriptions of Paris were beautiful in this book and made me want to revisit there very soon and of course the descriptions of the cakes and the special Petit Four cakes will linger in your mind long after you have finished the story.

Cake Therapy by Cindy Arora

This was my favourite short story in the book.  I found the writing and humour exactly my slice of cake!  The story is set in San Francisco where at the start of the story Olivia, an eager new newspaper reporter starts a new job with the experienced reporter Tammy who believes cake is the great uniter (I have to agree).  What develops is a beautiful lasting friendship between Olivia and Tammy especially over their weekly cake therapy sessions at the cake shop.  Many years pass and Tammy is leaving her job and brings in new male reporter Henry into to take over and Olivia is juggling work, being a single mom and trying to move on with her life.  Could Henry with all of his dating tips be the man to help her along the way and get off the settee and back out there?  A wonderful story of friendship, love and of course cake all served up with often hilarious consequences, a rock climbing wall experience and a great reference to The Princess Bride!

The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam by Sue Watson

I loved this short story about Milly, a waitress at the Victorian Tea Rooms in her town who’s love for cake knows no bounds!  Milly even has a food blog called Cake Candy which sounds to die for and likes to experiment with different flavours with cake often reflecting Milly’s moods!  The Victorian Tea Rooms is run by, who Milly calls, Scary Mary her awful boss who has two voices – one for customers and one for bossing her staff around horribly and likes traditional cakes only in her tea rooms!  With the Victorian Tea Rooms being sold what will happen to Milly and her friend Kate?  And what about Cupcake the cat?!  This short story had the most cake references in with every cake imaginable being mentioned and hats off to the cake loving stranger who orders every cake off the menu to try!  This is surely a man after my own heart…well only if he shared of course!  A mouth-watering delight of cake, misunderstanding, comeuppance and love and a great reference to Mrs Bridges from Upstairs, Downstairs!

Her Charms by Joel Zlotnik

Finally we are offered a piece of St Patricks Day cupcake charm about widowed Scott who is the mayor of his town where everyone seems to know everything about everyone!  Scott has busied himself since the death of his wife without really realising that is until new neighbour Nicole catches his eye.  Scott must make some big decisions in life and love especially when Nicole announces that, being a business entrepreneur, she is opening up a lingerie shop called Her Charms on the front high street which does not go down too well with the locals.  What develops is a lovely story of love, cupcakes, charms, a cocktail bar that sounds fab and a wonderful story about moving on from the past!

I have to admit I have not read anything by these authors prior to this book but I defiantly will be looking them up for more reads very soon.  I love a good love story and as you can probably tell a good scrumptious cake so for me this book was a perfect mix!  All in all I thoroughly enjoyed it…now back to the diet!

 I award this book 4 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books

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You can buy this book here

If you would like to know any more about any of the authors above, this book or any of the authors other books please click on the links below.

Lucie Simone or on twitter @luciesimone

Cindy Arora or on twitter @cindyarora

Sue Watson or on twitter @suewatsonwriter

Joel Zlotnik or on twitter @mindofjzlotnik

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  Do you simply share mine and the authors love of cake?  If you haven’t read this book has this review persuaded you to read?  I would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the reply button at the top of the page or why not tweet me on twitter – @chelleytoy .  I would love to hear from you!

Happy reading oh and eating lots of cake!

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