Disclaimer: I received this book free from Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.
OMG! I think I gained 50 pounds just reading this book. Interspersed within the story are all these wonderful foods that they make or serve. Not only do they tantalize your taste buds with great descriptions, but they include the recipes as well. YUMMY!
As for the story, this is the tenth book is Josi S. Kilpack’s cozy mystery series featuring Sadie. I absolutely loved the characters. I was as frustrated with Tess as Sadie was throughout this story. At one point, I was actually rooting for her to be the murderer so that she could be thrown behind bars for her attitude. Sadie was there out of the kindness of her heart. She didn’t need to be there. She didn’t need to help solve the case. Tess acted like it was a requirement.
Even though there is many mentions of religion, it wasn’t overly preachy. I have no problems with religion or spirituality playing a part in stories. I just don’t like it when I feel that the author is trying to use their books to preach to the reader. This book definitely didn’t come across like that at all.
One really great thing about this book was that even though it is the tenth book in the series, I didn’t feel lost at all. I didn’t feel like I was missing a huge chunk of story by not having read any of the prior books. It was very easy to pick up the plot and characters from the start of the story. This book actually made me want to go back and read the first nine books. And I definitely can’t wait until book eleven comes out.
There was one small, itsy, bitsy thing that annoyed me. The author’s overuse of “zing”. Every time Sadie looked at her engagement ring, thought about her fiance, or anything like that, the author would describe the situation then type the word “zing”. It got to the point that I cringed because I knew it was coming. It was cute the first few times. However, it did get old fast. But like I said, that was a minor nuisance. I guess you could call it a personal pet peeve. I just got tired of it really quick. And if that is the worst thing I can say about a book, then you know it is dang good!
Oh and as for the recipes in the books, if you go to the author’s website, you can see the recipes from some of her past books. YUMMY!!