Book Release Day Review: Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney (@NetGalley) (Rating 3 Wine Glasses)

Posted April 25, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he’s leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline – seven months to make her shop a success, or walk away from it all. And as Hannah immerses herself in her new business, she soon discovers that she’s too busy to think about Patrick and his now pregnant girlfriend …or to notice an increasingly regular customer who has recently developed a sweet tooth for all things cupcake. But while Hannah is slowly piecing her life back together, family friend Alice’s is falling apart. Her husband Tom’s drinking is getting out of control and things are about to get a whole lot worse. As the seven-month milestone approaches, Hannah must decide her future. And while she’s figuring out what’s really important, it becomes clear to everyone that happiness in life, and in love, is all in the making.

Received from NetGalley

What I Loved: This book was full of rich, wonderfully written characters that you either fell in love with or wanted karma to bit them in the butt. Each person was unique, real, and could almost be identified as someone you know or have known. I felt that the personal stories of each were emotionally touching.

What I Liked: Each of the stories in this book intertwined in a way that seemed natural and almost by accident. In some cases, it was very sad how they connected but the author did a great job of handling those with care and sensitivity. There was some light humor at just the right times when things got a little too heavy or sad.

Complaints: Overall this was a fantastic book but there were at times to many things going on. I felt there were just a couple of stories that could have been left out and the story would have flowed better. That being said it was still a fantastic read.

Why I gave a 3: This a good read with some very good characters. I don’t think the many storyline will be a hindrance to anyone used to reading books by Meave Binchy, as this is a very similar story-telling type of experience (maybe a little lighter though there are some very real issues dealt with).

Who I would recommend this too: Women’s Fiction readers and Romance readers. There is enough of both in the story that I think it would appeal to both groups.

Roisin Meaney


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