Title: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Release Date: 15th January 2016
Genre: Chick Lit
“This isn’t your traditional romance novel, this is a tale of two people who slowly wake up and take control of their own lives.” – Shona, Booky Rambling of a Neurotic Mom.
“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.” – Rachel, Rachel’s Random Reads.
“Its very rare a book captivates me from the beginning, and this did just that… A great story by Linn and by far the best. Its one of those that will stay with you for a long time to come.” – Grass Monster, Goodreads.
A LITTLE SUGAR, A LOT OF LOVE
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 begins to sense 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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Linn B. Haltion via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.
‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ started off boring, in my opinion. Katie, the main female character, meets the guy, Adam, when he enters her shop because he is soaking wet from the torrential winter rain and has to get his old grandmother a present. Cheesy, right? I know that some might find this romantic but it just seemed too NORMAL to me. The only thing that kept me reading at that point was the promise of romance and drama, from these two characters, in the future.
‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ had a fairly quiet and peaceful style and atmosphere to it. I would strongly recommend reading it in such an environment as it would allow the reader to glean more from the novel and appreciate it. I liked its calm and peacefulness and it is probably what appealed the most to me about the novel.
I really liked that the author was able to take first impressions and appearances and slowly change them over time. She was able to evolve and grow the story. I also liked the way the characters grew themselves and how dynamic they were. They were able to grab a hold of their problems and sort them out – even if it did take them a little while.
It was very sweet, too. The story would often touch me and make me tear up a bit. Grace, the grandmother of Adam, was probably my favourite character out of all found in the novel. She was such a sweet woman who had obviously lived her life to the fullest and she had a heart of gold and a pure soul. She reminded me a lot of my own great-grandmother who I had the pleasure to meet and know when I was quite young. This story ended up being very close to my heart.
There is a paranormal touch to the story, so if you’re not into that, here is your warning. Both the grandmother, Grace, and Adam’s daughter, Lily, are psychics who can talk to people who’ve passed away and read a person and their heart on their first meeting. I found this easy to accept whilst reading and surprisingly did not find it irksome like I would have with any other story. It did add a bit of spice to story, which was great.
The novel is written in first person narration with two main character who are – obviously – Katie and Adam. Each has their own alternate chapter to tell their story. Grace, Adam’s grandmother, also had a few chapters and so did Steve, Katie’s husband.
The grammar was fairly good, though the beginning was a bit stilted but eventually the writing seemed to flow more easily. (Maybe the author grew in confidence or ease?) The prose was fairly simple and there were no spelling mistakes which I could spot in this advanced reading copy. There WERE a couple of typos but that was it.
The ending in ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ was really a very wonderful one. It TOTALLY suited the novel and was the best happily-ever-after! I love HEAs and was extremely satisfied with the conclusion of the novel.
I also greatly admired the author’s choice to write a romance where the characters do not experience insta-love of insta-lust. To be honest, it is very tiring and repetitive to read. This story is about two people who slowly fall in love as a result of their mutual attraction for each other. But they first had to overcome the curveballs that life threw at them. This was a story that really concentrated on the falling-in-love part more than the in-love-and-loving aspect of relationships. It was a refreshing read overall but sadly it did not make me say, “Wow, this book was great!” Or, “OMG, this was awesome!”
Highly recommended for those who would like a little something to read during Christmas or love to experience falling in love once again!
Congratulations to Linn B. Halton on the publication of yet another lovely romance!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
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.
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