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    Not for me, sadly ..

    The Candied Apple Cafe sounds like a most wonderful place to be – and especially during December. With lots of yummy chocolate, fabulous drinks, truly fantastic Christmas window displays and staff who dress up for the festive season .. what’s not to like? Iona Summerlin is one of the owners and is the woman who comes up with all the marketing ideas. Situated on fifth avenue in NYC, it is becoming very successful and has attracted the attention of the owner of an exclusive hotel chain who would like to have a similar store in each of their resorts world wide. When Iona cancels their meeting at short notice, Mads Eriksson decides to take along his six year old daughter Sofia to drop in at the cafe in the hope of grabbing an impromptu chat with her. The Christmas season is proving to be very hard for the little girl after the death of her mother at the same period the year before, and Mads is struggling to get her to believe in the magic of Santa. The outline of this book makes good reading, and the Candied Apple Cafe business is so well described you can almost smell the chocolate – whether it be in truffles, cake or hot chocolate. I loved the descriptions. However, the story didn’t flow as smoothly as I would have expected. I understand that the relationship between Iona and Mads ran hot / cold / hot / cold several times over but, for me, there were a lot of inconsistencies which detracted from the story and added together they did rather spoil the book. Simple continuity errors and the odd grammatical mistake badly need sorting out. The novel was a great idea but it didn’t deliver for me. I know I can be rather pedantic when reading but in this case it has, sadly, affected the rating I can give. A good re-edit would go a long way to turning this one into a five star read. My thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources and publishers HarperImpulse for sending me an arc of this novel. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

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