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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Sweet Girl by Rachel Hollis
Published by Lake Union Press on May 5 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family & Relationships, Romance
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Max Jennings is in a bad mood. It’s not anything you did; it’s just that secrets from her past make it her natural state of being. But she’s not going to talk about it or share her feelings, so don’t bother asking.
Max’s bad mood means that very few people actually truly understand her or know that her secret dream is to be a pastry chef. When a rare opportunity to work for world-famous Avis Phillips presents itself, Max jumps at the chance. Avis and her staff aren’t stingy with the tough love, so Max spends every spare minute practicing her craft. As she bakes brownies and custards, cookies and galettes, she builds an unlikely friendship with a man she once loathed and finds herself falling into something she’s spent the last six years avoiding. Will she let her painful past stand in the way, or will she muster the strength to forgive herself and realize her full potential?
Max Jennings is a surly bartender with a past buried deep. With a family that hovers, a roommate that is entirely too cheerful, and a guy that just hangs around and pisses her off; Max could use a change. When she is unexpectedly offered her dream job as a pastry chef her life starts changing in new and unwanted ways. Will she be able to move forward or will the past continue its hold on her?
Oh, all of the feels in this book! I was expecting a fluffy chick lit read and this was not in that genre in the best of ways. This story is so nuanced and well-paced; it far exceeded my expectations. It is the second book in a series but functions well as a stand-alone (I have not read the first). Max is an acerbic kill-joy who just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately for her, her perpetually happy roommate starts dating her brother and keeps bringing her business partner home. Some of the best parts of the story are while she is being forced to interact with them and their tattooed friend Taylor, whose well defined arms Max is not looking at. The way the story unfolds and Max’s present is tinged with shadows from her past elevates this past the standard summer beach read. This is a book I will read again and I will definitely read the first and (proposed) third books in the series.