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Reviewed in Australia on 25 February 2017
Carolyn Henderson never wanted to come back to Marietta. She never felt she fit into her hometown, and she had big plans. She broke it off with her boyfriend and left town. Ten years later, she can't think of anywhere else to go to figure out what to do next. Her sister and brother-in-law were killed in an accident, leaving Carolyn guardian of her 4-year-old niece, Emma, and Roscoe, her dog. A successful chef in New York City, Carolyn is poised to take over as head chef. She has a small apartment she rarely sees and has had no thoughts of having a family. Her life is definitely not conducive to being a single parent.
Carolyn's ex, Matthew West never thought of living anywhere but Marietta. A small animal vet, he is shocked when Carolyn shows up with a dog and a 4-year-old. She obviously needs help training the puppy, and he needs someone to teach him to bake, as he has been entered in Marietta's first Bachelor Bake Off, organized to raise funds for Harry's House, a place for kids to go hang out, in honor of Harry Monroe, a firefighter recently killed in an accident.
Carolyn had planned to bring Emma to Marietta and get her settled with her parents (Emma's Grandparents) and head back to New York. She soon realizes that isn't an option, her parents aren't up for dealing with a child and a dog. As the family figures out how to deal with their grief and Carolyn tries to figure out how to connect with Emma, Matthew and Carolyn slowly start to rebuild a friendship, and Carolyn has to decide if her dreams have changed.
As I read this, Carolyn was a little selfish and didn't seem to try. She also spent a lot time trying to convince herself that New York was where she belonged.
I did end up enjoying the story, as these two characters had to learn from their past mistakes and open themselves up to a future... This was a good beginning to the Bachelor Bake-Off series, and I am definitely interested in seeing who is next and who wins the whole thing!
**I received an advanced copy from the Publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
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