26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good. Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life. As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.
“Come for the life-changing chocolates and opinionated apothecary table, stay for the enchanting eight-year old and complicated secrets." —Amy Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate café Penelope Dalton runs alongside her mother, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is Ella’s latest request: get a dad. And not just any dad. Ella has her sights set on Noah Gregory, her biological father who’s back in town for a few months – and as charming as ever. Noah broke Penelope’s heart years ago, but now part of her wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part, is determined to protect Ella from the same heartbreak. Now Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets. Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell is a heartwarming story of love, hot chocolate, and one little girl’s wish for her mother.
Sometimes friends, school, and boys can be a recipe for disaster! This sweet treat of a read is irresistible. Alicia Ramirez has always loved baking. Her family owns Say It With Flour, the small bakery in town. And Ali's specialties are cake pops: delicious confections on a stick. But Ali's sweet life turns sour when a sleek coffee shop opens across the street, giving her bakery a run for its money. Worst of all, the owner's son, Dane McGuire, likes to bake, too. He's the new kid in Ali's school ... and happens to be annoyingly cute. When Dane and Ali engage in a bake-off to prove who is the cake-pop master, it's Ali's chance to save Say It With Flour. But will she be able to rise to occasion ... and ignore what her heart might be telling her?
A charming novel of second chances, delicious recipes and love
Author: JD Barrett
Publisher: Hachette UK
A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day is a second chance. If you love Offspring and the 'opposites attract' charm of The Rosie Project, you will love this story! Lucy Muir is leaving her husband. It's complicated. They're joint owners and chefs at one of the best restaurants in town, so making a clean break is tough. But, let's face it, a woman can only take so much cheating, recipe stealing and lack of good grace. Despondently driving around the back streets of Woolloomooloo one night, Lucy happens upon an old, empty terrace that was once the city's hottest restaurant: Fortune. One minute she's peering through grimy windows into an abandoned space, the next she's planning a pop-up bistro. When Lucy fires up Fortune's old kitchen she discovers a little red recipe book that belonged to the former chef, the infamous Frankie Summers. As she cries over the ingredients for Frankie's French Onion Soup, she imagines what Fortune was like in its heyday. It's strange, Lucy can sense Frankie beside her, almost see him there ... This fiery chef, who lived with a passion for food and women in almost equal measure, just might help Lucy cook herself up a better life. But is she brave enough to believe? A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day brings with it a second chance. **INCLUDES an extract from J.D.'s second novel, THE SONG OF US, publishing in May 2017** Author Biography J.D. Barrett is an Australian television writer and producer with a passion for good food and creating great meals. She has worked on the writing teams for Love My Way, East of Everything, Bed of Roses and Wonderland worked as a writer/producer on The Story of Australia. J.D. lives between Sydney, Byron Bay and Los Angeles. The Secret Recipe for Second Chances is her debut novel and she is currently working on her next book.
A charming restaurant A book and its mysterious author A little secret A romantic meeting Paris and all its magic . . . Cyrano de Bergerac meets Chocolat and Amélie in this intelligent, charming, and entertaining publishing sensation from Europe. While in the midst of a breakup-induced depression, Aurélie Bredin, a beautiful Parisian restaurateur, discovers an astonishing novel in a quaint bookshop on the Ile Saint-Louis. Inexplicably, her restaurant and Aurélie herself are featured in its pages. After reading the whole book in one night, she realizes it has saved her life—and she wishes more than anything to meet its author. Aurélie's attempts to contact the attractive but shy English author through his French publishers are blocked by the company's gruff chief editor, André, who only with great reluctance forwards Aurélie's enthusiastic letter. But Aurélie refuses to give up. One day, a response from the reclusive author actually lands in her mailbox, but the encounter that eventually takes place is completely different from what she had ever imagined. . . . Filled with books, recipes, and characters that leap off the page, The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau is a tribute to the City of Light.
A love potion in a jelly bean? Fame and fortune are surely only a swallow away when Dr. Sylvie Fontaine discovers a chemical formula guaranteed to attract the opposite sex. Though her own love life is purely hypothetical, the shy chemist's professional future is assured . . . as soon as she can find a human guinea pig. The only problem is the wrong man has swallowed Sylvie's love potion. Bad boy Lucien LeDeux is more than she can handle even before he's dosed with the Jelly Bean Fix. The wildly virile lawyer is the last person she'd choose to subject to the scientific method. When the dust settles, Sylvie and Luc have the answers to some burning questions: Can a man die of testosterone overload? Can a straightlaced female lose every single one of her inhibitions? And they learn that old-fashioned romance is still the best catalyst for love.
Taylor Lockwood spends her days working as a paralegal in one of New York’s preeminent Wall Street law firms and her nights playing jazz piano anyplace she can. But the rhythm of her life is disrupted when attorney Mitchell Reece requests her help in locating a stolen document that could cost him not only the multimillion-dollar case he’s defending but his career as well. Eager to get closer to this handsome, brilliant, and very private man, Taylor signs on...only to find that as she delves deeper and deeper into what goes on behind closed doors at Hubbard, White & Willis, she uncovers more than she wants to know--including a plentitude of secrets damaging enough to smash careers and dangerous enough to push someone to commit murder. Yet who is capable of going to that extreme? With her life on the line, Taylor is about to learn the lethal answer.... From the Paperback edition.
EVERYONE LOVES THE WITTY AND WONDERFUL NOVELS OF NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANE HELLER THE SECRET INGREDIENT "Heller's novel is a quick and amusing read, her characters engaging."-Houston Chronicle "The wit and irony contained in the novels of Jane Heller are a true joy to behold. No one can take an everyday situation and turn it on its ear quite like she. If you've never tried a Jane Heller book, you are missing out on some of the most delightful, satirical and just plain fun books around."-Romantic Times "The novel zips along like the latest issue of People and packs the punch of a big bite of pink cotton candy-good for a sticky smile on a lazy afternoon."-Publishers Weekly FEMALE INTELLIGENCE "[Heller's] observations about men are dead-on and hilarious."-Booklist "Hilarious, fast-paced, and poignant...A delicious send-up of the fault line between men and women."-Chris Gilson, author of Crazy for Cornelia "Sharp, witty."-Palm Beach Post "Hilarious."-USA Today "The author trains her sense of cultural irony on the complex contradictions between what women say they want, what they think they want and what they really want. Heller has always been adept at devising clever premises, and this is no exception." -Publishers Weekly "A breeze to read, full of laughs and solidly built upon an intricate, suspenseful plot."-Library Journal "Entertaining."-Kirkus Reviews "A wonderfully witty and humorous book."-Romantic Times "21st century My Fair Lady...very funny."-San Jose Mercury News "A deliciously clever battle-of-the-sexes romp...a lot more fun to read than the Mars/Venus books, and just as enlightening."-Woman's Own "[A] zany modern-day twist on My Fair Lady...a comedy that makes you chuckle regardless of your planet of origin."-Fort Myers News-Press NAME DROPPING "Heller proves once again that she has breeziness down to an artful science...readers will come for the fast pace and the fun, of which there's plenty."-Publishers Weekly "Jane Heller is feisty, funny, and fully in control in NAME DROPPING...a great story." -Boston Globe "Love and mystery are part of the tale, which is peppered with one-liners and the down-to-earth observations that have become Heller's trademark."-Dayton Daily News "As much Sex and the City as I Love Lucy...saucy heroine and screwball plot add up to a romp."-People "A charmingly improbable love story...a creamy eacute;clair."-USA Today "What makes Heller's material engaging is her seemingly endless sense of humor, her knack for creating suspense that lures-rather than repels-readers, and her keen attention to character development. NAME DROPPING has all of those traits...a tale of adventure, intrigue, murder, and hilarity that is seamless from beginning to end."-The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana) SIS BOOM BAH "If you ever wanted to kill your sister, this is the novel for you....just the book to pass on to anyone's sis when you finish."-People "If Susan Isaacs had a hot fling with Tom Robbins, their offspring would be Jane Heller! Three cheers for her latest novel, SIS BOOM BAH, a laugh-out loud tale of two sisters who go from enemies to alibis. Once again, Heller has combined comedy, mystery, and romance for a rousing good time."-Iris Rainer Dart, New York Times bestselling author of Beaches "Brimming with fast-paced suspense, rollicking wit, and loads of charm, SIS BOOM BAH is great fun-and a must read for sisters everywhere."-Julie Garwood, New York Times bestselling author of Ransom "For anyone who ever spent any part of their time in their time in a love/hate relationship with a sibling, it's a must. I loved it, found it funny and fast, and absolutely wonderful-an entrancing, and thoroughly entertaining novel. Congratulations to Jane Heller for such an imaginative, top-rate story. Love her characters."-Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of Drop Dead Gorgeous and Rebel
Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
In this funny and poignant novel, a handsome French baker looks like being the secret ingredient to refresh Esme's stale life. But is the recipe for happiness closer to home? 'Esme's bread begged to be eaten. It pleaded. It beseeched. You simply could not be in the same room as her sourdough without licking your lips and instantly realising it was exactly what you felt like eating. No, more than that. It was exactly what you had been missing.' But all is not well in the House in the Clouds. Pog's gorgeous, garrulous, glutinous wife, Esme, is not her usual self. Her attempts at avoiding what's really troubling her are affecting everyone in the family, including her irascible father-in-law Henry and the mad assortment of animals they keep acquiring. What can a desperate, devoted husband do, except wait for the mayhem to abate?