Master Baker by Pippa Grant
He's a dirty-talking Master Baker with a big...cannoli.
They call me the sugar whisperer.
Anything your tongue desires, I can bake it. Scones? Child’s play. Cupcakes? I’ll frost them so good you won’t know what hit you. Donuts? Please.
You’re talking to a master baker.
But there’s one egg I’ve never been able to crack.
My best friend.
Correction: My former best friend.
She’s the apple in my pie. The whip in my cream. The lemon in my meringue. The wish in my bone.
She’s the one who got away.
After ten years in the military, she’s back. She’s bruised and battered by life, but she’s back.
Except she’s not my second chance. She’s gone to the dark side.
Running a rival bakery in a town not big enough for two.
So now I have to decide—which do I want more?
Or the woman I never should’ve let go of in the first place?
This was a really cute story. It’s just as funny as her other books and has all the characters you love from previous stories, but this had a serious undertone that isn’t as prominent her other books.
Both Grant and Annika are living lives built on the hurts they experienced as kids. Grant seems like he’s lived the charmed life with all the opportunities he has, other than dealing with Cooper’s competitiveness, and Annika has learned that everyone you love leaves, so why put yourself out there. Unfortunately, she taught Grant that as well, which is what’s gumming everything up with their current situation.
I loved the whole dynamic of Annika’s family. Her mom could have been really bitter due to her blindness, but she didn’t let that stop her from doing the things she wanted to do. And I loved Bailey, but I have to admit that I liked her more at the beginning than at the end. She is one angry young teen. I wanted to see Grady take her under his wing and teach her all his baking secrets, but I don’t see that happening soon with how it ended.
It takes a huge leap of faith for both of them to have any kind of future together. In my opinion Grady needs to do some major repenting. His expectations were unreasonable, especially at the time he finally worked up the nerve to tell Annika about them. I couldn’t blame her for being hurt that he broke his promises to her when she didn’t feel like she’d done anything wrong.
And I know this is probably not what Grant intended, but my stand out character in this book has got to be Sue. I fucking love that goat.