“If only falling in love was as easy as baking a cake…
Ama’s loved baking ever since she can remember. Desserts, cakes, cookies – anything sweet, delicious and sinful. The kitchen is the only place where she can be truly herself.
But – as she starts work on the biggest cake she has ever made – for a couple’s magical winter wedding – she realises just how much she secretly dreams of falling in love too.
Then she meets a handsome man on a motorbike who sets her pulse racing. But Ama knows it can never be. Because he’s her very traditional parents’ absolute worst nightmare… And she knows she can never let them down.
Do her family know best? Or can she trust her heart? And, as the snow begins to fall, will she ever find out what really does go into the recipe for true love?”
Happy to be taken my turn on the blog tour today for One Winter’s Day by Laura Briggs, as it is publication day. Happy Publication Day, Laura. My thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me on to the tour and for my copy of the book, which I received via NetGalley and which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
Before I started reading this, I was unaware that this was a follow up to a previous book featuring these characters, which I had not read and, unfortunately, it felt like a follow up. There was a lot of back story to the characters which I was unfamiliar with, and although the author tries to catch us up, this was done by way of what felt that an information dump at the beginning of the book that stopped me engaging immediately with the plot.
Once I did get in to the book, I really did enjoy the story. The characters were likeable and interesting and they had enough going on to make an interesting tale. I liked the back drop of the one-stop wedding business and there were a lot of lovely details about the wedding planning, cakes and dresses to engage the reader who likes a wedding story line. There was also just the right touch of seasonal cheer to be pleasant but not kitchsy.
I found the story line of Ama and her romantic visions contrasting with the traditional, cultural expectations of her family really enticing, but I was a bit disappointed that the romantic aspect was not better developed or resolved, since this was a romantic book. It left me a little flat.
This was a nice book, but it felt like the middle book in a trilogy – kind of hanging with no real finale. If I had read the first book, this would probably have bothered me less as the writing, setting and characters are lovely, but as it was, I was left with a mild feeling if dissatisfaction. Mea culpa for not realising I had missed the first book.
One Winter’s Day is published today and you can buy your copy here.
Make sure you check out the reviews on the rest of the tour by my fellow bloggers:
About the Author
Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.
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