Title: Saving Saffron Sweeting
Author: Pauline Wiles
Published: April 2013
Blurb from Goodreads:
~~ Quarter finalist, 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award ~~
Grace Palmer’s British friends all think she’s living the American Dream. But her design business is floundering and when she discovers her husband is cheating with her best client, she panics and flees home to England.
The tranquil village of Saffron Sweeting appears to be a good place for Grace to lick her wounds, but the community is battling its own changes. Reluctantly, Grace finds herself helping her new neighbours as they struggle to adjust and save their businesses. However, not everyone has the same opinion on what’s good for the village. The charismatic new man in her life may have one speculative eye on Grace, but the other is firmly on profit. How will she navigate the tricky path between her home and her happiness?
With gentle humour and generous helpings of British tea and cake, Saving Saffron Sweeting explores one woman’s need to define herself through her career and community, before she can figure out who should be by her side.
I really liked this story. Of course life isn’t that easy, but it would be nice if it could be right? I liked the way it was kind of realistic (even though she had a job and house way too easy – was that a spoiler? Sorry!), but it also brought out some of the good and nice in people. it wasn’t about some young chick but about a “seasoned” woman who had to make some hard decisions. Making some bad ones along the way. And also, love conquering and all that jazz. But not just in a jiffy, working hard for it. I like the message that it conveys. Nowadays we jump into someone else’s arms way too fast. And even though she made the wrong decision, it was never because she did not think it over. Good read and great description of England! I also liked the cover. Very festive 🙂