Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

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Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: Um… nine women, and one dress. No really, through a series of purchases and returns they all end up receiving/wearing the same size small perfect LBD for the season in the course of this book. It also has love stories.

What made me pick it up: It has such an engaging cover and I am a holdover fan of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, so I thought maybe it would be similar. It ended up being more like The Necklace, but that’s still pretty good.

My favorite things: Easily the fairy tale endings to all the stories (spoiler). I am a sucker for sweet rom-com story endings, and stories for that matter. These are all mostly sweet love stories that happen on account of the ONE DRESS.

Erica’s rating: three-shells

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The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

Originally published in: 2013

What it’s about: In this sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients find out what happens after the implied happily ever afters, and meet some new characters.

What made me pick it up: I really enjoyed Bauermeister’s previous book. Since I liked that on audio, I got this on audio as well.

My favorite things: I was happy to continue following along with some of the characters from Essential Ingredients and see where their stories led and root for their happy endings. I really like how well this author can tell two sides to a story or relationship and make them both sympathetic. Also, her evocation of the Pacific Northwest makes me want to visit soon. Tall trees, dense air, and everything ocean.

Who it’s great for: Fans of sweet love stories, complicated life stories, and solid characters. Also good for cooks and food lovers.

Erica’s rating: four-shells

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The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister


Originally published in: 2009

What it’s about: A group of individuals who sign up for a cooking class and how it changes their lives.

What made me pick it up: It has a very engaging cover. The audio was only six hours long.

My favorite things: This book is sweet. I enjoyed all of the characters and the way their stories came full circle in the end. I always enjoy reading about food and cooking, so the descriptions of dishes in this book enchanted me. It might make you hungry. Or at least inspired to cook.

Who it’s great for: Cooks and wannabe cooks. Fans of friendship stories and love stories. Those looking for a fairly gentle novel.

Erica’s rating: four-shells

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Letters from Paris by Juliet Blackwell

Originally published in:

What it’s about: A woman follows her grandmother’s death bed instructions and heads to Paris to try to figure out the mystery of a broken mask.

What made me pick it up: It was mentioned on a blog I follow. I read Blackwell’s first book The Paris Key and enjoyed it.

My favorite things: Aside from all the French details with which I’m obsessed? Blackwell has a great ability to build in twists to her story. Her characters are fully realized and she keeps the pages to this sweet story turning. She also does love stories really well. If you want a Nicholas Sparks story with a strong female protagonist set in France, pick up these books.

Who it’s great for: Those who like a bit of mystery in their fiction. Anyone who appreciates stories of women finding themselves and love in foreign places. Readers obsessed with Paris/France everything. Fans of Nicholas Sparks.

Erica’s rating: four-shells

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