Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Cookies for Courting by Amber Kell is another installment in the Tales of the Curious Cookbook series, each is by a different author, and each features a different recipe which is guaranteed to be a catalyst for an emotional response. The cookies featured in this story will bring about true love, in other words they facilitate good old-fashioned courting.
Marshall Hunter gained custody of his niece, Alice, when her mother, a single parent, was killed last month. At a loss as to how to cope with the child’s grief, he decides to have a mural painted on the wall of her bedroom in the hopes that it will cheer her up. A financial advisor, Marshall has been very successful in his career, but not so much in his love life. Single and without a clue about being a parent, he’s hired a nanny for afterschool care for Alice and has a full time housekeeper named Ilona who helps in whatever way she can, though she is aging and can’t care for the child herself.
On the morning he’s scheduled to interview the three artists who were recommended for the mural job, he meets a stunning young blond man in the elevator on the way to his office. Pace Barton is that young man, and is an artist with an impressive professional portfolio and the face of an angel. Marshall and Pace are immediately attracted to each other, but Marshall puts on the brakes because he won’t get involved with an employee.
When Pace meets Alice, he’s engaged by her personality, by her need to get through her grief, and by how much she reminds him of her stunning uncle. He gets the job, but just as he’s getting ready to start the mural, Marshall decides to buy a house so that Alice can have a yard and a dog and all the things kids her age need. Pace is disappointed, but understanding. Unfortunately, he feels that they won’t get to be together because Marshall will be moving too far away.
A misunderstanding then leads to a definite breakup, but a tragedy brings them back together, and then nothing will stop Marshall’s pursuit of this wonderful young man. And oh, by the way, he also bakes the best cookies!
This is a cute story, fairly short, but with enough excitement packed in to equal a longer book. What I liked best about this story were the MCs. Both men were characters I would love to get to know, especially Pace. I can’t pin down why they were so remarkable, other than to say the author did a great job bringing them to life. I felt like I was “watching”, rather than “reading” their story.
I recommend this one to those who like a simple, minimal-angst story, with great characterization and, of course, a sweet happy ending. In fact, the entire series is well-worth reading. I’m looking forward to the next installment.
Cover art by Reese Dante features the same color-themed background with cookbook as others in the series, with the addition of artist’s brushes and a stack of cookies, both symbolic of this story.
ebook, 68 pages
Published April 22nd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
original titleCookies for Courting
seriesTales of the Curious Cookbook
Tales of the Curious Cookbook Series:
6 works, 5 primary works.
Five fun and fanciful stories about a rather curious cookbook!
Authors and Their Stories:
RJ Scott – For a Rainy Afternoon (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by R.J. Scott
Amy Lane – Food for Thought (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by Amy Lane
Marie Sexton – Lost Along the Way (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by Marie Sexton
Amber Kell – Cookies for Courting (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by Amber Kell
Mary Calmes – Just Desserts (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by Mary Calmes
RJ Scott – Tales of the Curious Cookbook by R.J. Scott