If you like a clean small town romance with a bit of suspense, you really should try Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes by Nancy Naigle which was just released yesterday (July 9, 2013). While this is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. I have never lived in a small southern town, but I can tell you if they are like Adams Grove, I would seriously consider moving there.

In Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes, we follow Connor and Carolanne’s story, but Nancy does a nice job of weaving several other plot lines and people into the story. They are all connected and the suspense in her books is more mystery where we follow all the strings and see where it all ends up.

The one thing that I can count on in Nancy’s books is a lot of heart. In this book, it isn’t the older ladies like Aunt Milly. It is Connor. He has a lot of heart and loves the town and the people in them dearly. He knows better than anyone that the time we have on Earth is precious and he isn’t about to waste any. I love his character and goes after what he wants.

Carolanne is  learning to cherish the time she has with her Father and the other people in town. She has spent a lot of time being angry and figures out that doesn’t seem to be getting her anywhere. She eventually decides to hold on to Pearl and Milly’s wisdom and starts living her life in a way to allow herself to be happy and that means forgiving others.

There is a lot going on in this sweet little book. There are strangers showing up in town. There are lies and deceit. There is a murder. Who knew a small town like Adams Grove could have so much going on? Hmm. Well, after remembering the problems Adams Grove had in previous stories (Sweet Tea and Secrets and Out of Focus), I am rethinking my previous comment about wanting to live there. But the people of Adams Grove don’t give up or allow outsiders to hurt the people. They rally around each other. They solve crimes together.

Why do I recommend this book? Because Nancy Naigle knows how to write a story about people. They are flawed. They make mistakes. They make awesome cakes. They love each other with such a passion it makes you want to be a part of that love and that town. You don’t want to be on the outside looking in. So, go. Read the book and you will be whisked away into the awesome little town of Adams Grove and all it has to offer.

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About the Book:

Title: Wedding Cake & Big Mistakes (An Adams Grove Novel, #3)
Author: Nancy Naigle
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Category: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley

Official Summary:

Welcome to Adams Grove…where the wedding cakes are sweet, but the recipe is murder.

For years, Carolanne Baxter dreamed of a life beyond Adams Grove. Being the daughter of the town drunk was no picnic, so when college offered her a chance for escape, she took it. Now Carolanne has returned home, finally ready to make amends with her father, Ben, and to celebrate the wedding of her best friends Jill and Garrett. Of course, the fact that Connor Buckham, her sexy new law partner and Garrett’s best man, happens to be the same guy the town matchmaker named as Carolanne’s perfect match…well! That’s just icing on the cake.

But Carolanne’s hopes for a fresh start are dashed when a dead body surfaces during Jill and Garrett’s wedding reception…and Ben Baxter becomes the prime suspect. The murder throws the town into uproar, threatening to destroy the tentative peace between father and daughter—and to derail the budding romance between Carolanne and Connor. Has the matchmaker’s perfect streak come to end? Or will the truth finally bring Carolanne the happy ending she’s dreamed of for so long?


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