Miranda Liasson’s ‘The Sweetheart Deal’ Is an Enchanting Foodie Romance Filled with Family and Heart [REVIEW]

Pastry chef
It’s tough being a pastry chef in a small town. (Photo courtesy Canva)

The gossips in Blossom Glen have lots of things to say about Tessa Montgomery, and none of them are very complimentary. While she tries to ignore the insults, a handsome enemy offers her a way to get what her heart really wants. But is it worth the price? Find out in Miranda Liasson’s The Sweetheart Deal.

Miranda Liasson's THE SWEETHEART DEAL
Entangled: Amara

At one point or another, I think all of us have been told to follow our dreams, to broaden our horizons and become better versions of ourselves. But is pursuing our dreams worth leaving behind those who need us most? Should we follow our destiny or let our dreams go in order to help those we love? That’s the conundrum self-taught pastry chef Tessa Montgomery is faced with in Liasson’s first novel in her new Blossom Glen series, The Sweetheart Deal.

In Tessa’s case, she errs on the side of kindness and generosity by staying in town to console her mom and sisters after the death of their father. But that doesn’t mean her passion for creating mouthwatering pastries has died too. She just needs to find a way to convince her mother to let her have one shelf in the family boulangerie on which to feature her delectable concoctions. Yet every time she asks, her mother’s response is a definitive no, and a girl can only handle so much rejection.

Meanwhile, at the Italian restaurant next door, the owner’s handsome son, Leo Castorinis, is trying to increase revenue to keep the family business afloat. Soon, Leo hatches a plan that just might unite the Montgomery and Castorinis families and save both their businesses, if only they can overcome a deep-seated rivalry that has made them longtime enemies. Will he be able to convince Tessa that his hairbrained scheme will work? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

The Sweetheart Deal weaves a story about two people whose love for their families knows no bounds. It is a heartwarming tale that reminds readers that when we open our hearts, amazing things can happen. If we allow hope to overcome our fear of the unknown, we may just discover an untapped reserve of energy we didn’t know we had and a fortitude that can’t be easily thwarted. As Leo and Tessa prove, it can be unsettling to let someone close enough to see into the hidden recesses of our hearts. But when the ultimate reward means finding our soul mate, it is worth the risk!

If you’re a fan of stories by Robyn Carr, RaeAnne Thayne, or Susan Mallery, you’ll love this book. So as the temperatures drop this week, settle in with a cozy cup of something yummy and The Sweetheart Deal. Liasson’s enchanting foodie romance will have you feeling warm and toasty in no time!

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Miranda Liasson is a bestselling author who writes about the important relationships in women’s lives as well as the self-discovery and wisdom gained along the way. Her heartwarming and humorous romances have won numerous accolades and have been praised by Entertainment Weekly for the way she “deals with so much of what makes life hard . . . without ever losing the warmth and heart that characterize her writing.” She believes we can handle whatever life throws at us just a little bit better with a laugh.

A proud native of Northeast Ohio, she and her husband live in a neighborhood of old homes that serve as inspiration for her books.

For more information, visit MirandaLiasson.com. She also invites readers to subscribe to her mailing list and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and BookBub.

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THE SWEETHEART DEAL
By Miranda Liasson
330 pp. Entangled: Amara. $8.99

Order The Sweetheart Deal direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

The Sweetheart Deal is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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