Today we have a book review by Tanya Kaanta for The Sweetest Match by Abby Tyler.
The Sweetest Match by Abby Tyler
The Sweetest Match
by Abby Tyler
Publication date: March 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Back of the Book:
She hid secret messages in frosting, thinking no one would notice.
Abby Tyler welcomes you to the witty, well-meaning busybodies of Applebottom, Missouri, where the community takes its pies — and its matchmaking — very seriously.
When Sandy Miller emerges from her shack on the edge of town after eighteen years, she finds a job making tea cakes for a little shop on Town Square.
But then everyone starts spotting secret words of love and longing on her cakes.
Andrew McCallister is the first to admit that he never got over Sandy Miller when she dropped out of high school and disappeared. But now she’s back.
He just has to get the guts to talk to her.
When the town summons the pair to a meeting to plan the school’s centennial bash, Andrew and Sandy discover they are the only two members of the committee. As they attempt to rekindle the long-lost flame, they realize the community must come together for more than an anniversary party. For their new relationship to flourish, the old guard must learn to support their most vulnerable members even when times get hard.
Abby Tyler loves puppy dogs, pie, and small towns (she grew up in one!) Her Applebottom Matchmaker Society books combine the sweet and wholesome style of romance she loves with the funny, sometimes a-little-too-truthful characters she remembers from growing up in a place where everyone knew everybody’s business.
Review by Tanya Kaanta
The Sweetest Match by Abby Tyler
The Sweetest Match really is the sweetest love story. It’s a story of love, of course…but also of redemption, second chances, and unrequited turned requited love. And for those who like their romances a little more “clean,” we get all the awwws without the ba-da-bing. I found myself rooting for this couple the entire time. It’s got that small town feel where everybody is up in everyone’s business. But it’s all done with good intentions. At least in the present, though the town wasn’t always so supportive back in the day when Sandy became unexpectantly pregnant and forced to the outskirts of town.
Andrew McAllister remembers Sandy Miller. He’s never quite gotten over her and feels terrible about the rumors that were spread when Sandy was just fifteen. Now eighteen years later, Sandy has resurfaced as somewhat of a local celebrity decorating cakes, while Andrew is back teaching history at the high school. And perhaps the busybodies of Applebottom have realized the errors of their ways- They no longer paint Sandy as a pariah, her son is getting some excellent PR as a football player at the local junior college, and her son’s father hasn’t been in the picture. Applebottom perhaps, isn’t as naïve as it was eighteen years ago, when the father of her son spread terrible rumors that everyone believed.
Yes, it’s time for redemption. And forgiveness. And time for Andrew to stand up for what he believes and finally pursue the woman he’s always loved. It’s time for Sandy to emerge as a strong woman, unafraid of the past, and ready to create illustrate a new story going forward.
Without giving too many spoilers, we find out early on that Sandy Miller has been placing secret messages into the decorations. And she does it throughout the book. I love this little twist in the story. And the final message at the end is the sweetest. I won’t spoil it because it’s so lovely, but I will give you a teaser trailer quote for what’s to come.
“But before I have you come up and look at the cake more closely, I wanted to show off a very special feature of this cake, one that depicts my own spin on cake decorating, which has been a very popular subject of conversation in the last few months. And that’s my hidden messages. Secret messages.”
She realized that the mostly hushed cafeteria had gone dead silent.
This was it.
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