by Miranda Liasson
Publication Date January 25, 2022
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
From the bestselling author of the Angel Falls series, two enemies say “I do” in the first irresistible book about Blossom Glen.
Pastry chef Tessa Montgomery knows what everyone in the teeny town of Blossom Glen says about her. Spinster. Ice Queen. Such a shame. It’s enough to make a woman bake her troubles away, dreaming of Parisian delicacies while she makes bread at her mother’s struggling boulangerie. That is until Tessa’s mortal enemy—deliciously handsome (if arrogant) chef Leo Castorini, who owns the restaurant next door—proposes a business plan...to get married.
Leo knows that the Castorinis and the Montgomerys hate each other, but a marriage might just force these stubborn families to work together and blend their businesses for success. The deal is simple: Tessa and Leo marry, live together for six months, and then go their separate ways. Easy peasy.
It’s a sweetheart deal where everyone gets what they want—until feelings between the faux newlyweds start seriously complicating the mix. Have they discovered the perfect recipe for success...or is disaster on the way?
The Sweetheart Deal by Miranda Liasson is her first book in her Blossom Glen series and was everything I love in a women’s fiction/romance novel. This sweet romance was emotional, with realistic characters, and just so comforting to read. All this with a twist on Romeo and Juliet.
Tessa Montgomery works hard in her family’s struggling boulangerie, making bread every day, but she dreams of opening a french patisserie with delicate, scrumptious French pastries. Chef Leo Castorini has returned home to help his family’s struggling Italian restaurant. His father is stubborn, and won’t allow Leo to make any changes, and Leo is afraid the restaurant won’t last much longer without any major changes.
The Montgomeries and the Castorini have been feuding for years and the two families have been bitter enemies. Leo’s father refuses to allow Leo to make any changes to the restaurant until he shows he’s responsible and willing to make a permanent home in the small town of Blossom Glen. Leo knows the only way he can prove to his father he’s responsible, is to get married. Leo then proposes a marriage of convenience to Tessa, she’s very surprised and reluctant to agree. But, in order to help her family and the bakery, she reluctantly agrees to a fake marriage.
This sweet romance has everything I want in a romance. The characters are realistic and charming. The romance was adorable and I was rooting for Tessa and Leo throughout the book. It’s an enemies to lovers, with a Romeo and Juliet twist along with a fake marriage trope! Both Tessa and Leo are working to save their families and their family’s businesses, and I liked that they both were so invested in the families as well as their own career aspirations.
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Great review Wendy. I also enjoyed this book and loved Tessa and Leo. I am looking forward to see which sister will be featured next.
Thank you Carla, I hope the next one comes out soon.
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I love that the feuding families own food businesses. I am a sucker for books with food in it.
Me too! But, then I end up eating more that I need to!
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I love small town romances and enemies-to-lovers when done right. I’ve never read anything by Liasson, but I’d like to give her a try seeing your 5 stars!
Thank you Rachel. This one was just so soothing.
This one sounds good! I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance.
Your final paragraph sums up nicely how this book has everything you want in a romance. Great review and very enticing!
Thank you Linda!
The Romeo and Juliet set up sounds interesting, and the book seems a lovely read. Glad you enjoyed this Wendy🙂
Thank you Mallika!
This does sound like a very comforting read. I love the Romeo and Juliet angle. Excellent review, Wendy!
Thank you Tessa!
This sounds really good & a lovely read 😊
Thank you Jenny!
I love the cover for this book. It makes me want to crawl inside of it and enjoy that nice weather. (Toronto has a big snowstorm in the forecast for today. 🙂 )
Yes, I was tempted first by that beautiful cover.