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Sweet Surprises Home Sweet Home #2 Sweet Surprises by Shirlee McCoy is the 2nd book in her Home Sweet Home series I enjoy the setting of this series small town Benevolence home to the family store Chocolate Haven The Lamont family patriarch the three Lamont girls Grandfather has been unable to run the store due to health issues The first book in this series is about Adeline who is now happily married and pregnant so it is now Brenna's turn to return home to Benevolence and help her grandfather run Chocolate Haven What no one knows is that Brenna is in dire straits with her fiancée running off with another woman and taking every penny of her money Forced to close her successful business and leave her lifestyle behind Brenna heads home determined not to let her family know the truth River Maynard the male MC has returned home to Benevolence to help his foster mother recover from a stroke and help keep her ranch running River who has a successful restaurant business in another state wants to convince Belinda to sell the ranch and come live with him River is not happy with all the other guests living at the ranch when he arrives Belinda wants to help the homeless teens but River wants them gone Belinda's desire for chocolate brings these two together Will they work through their mistrust of others and develop a friendship or even love? Can these two who ran from Benevolence at one time be able to remain and plant roots?Along with this second chance romance there is a mystery involving vandals targeting Brenna and Chocolate Haven Sweet Surprises was a sweet no pun intended story with a very likable couple There were some very interesting characters especially those living at Belinda's ranch Some reviewers found the ending a bit abrupt and it was obvious that it left things open for the third book in this trilogy If you enjoy small town romances family atmosphere sweet likeable couple a few uirky characters as well a nice story line then I recommend that you pick up Sweet Surprises or the first in this series Sweet Haven and read about the Lamont Family in Benevolence Washington Would have been 4 stars if it hadn't been for Brenna's stubborn pride The typical last guy was a jerk I feel humiliated so I'll blame myself and take it out on everyone Wore on my nerves after awhile Especially because it dragged on for about 34 of the book Luckily River was able to see through her BS I just don't prefer romances where there are lies and game playing It was unfortunate that he had to do that in order to help her out There's pride and independence and then there's just plain stupid Look what happened the last time she did everything on her own without asking for any help or support Most of us women who have had awful break ups would be thrilled to have a grandpa and family like hers Yet all she did was complain and stomp her foot like an angry child I just couldn't warm up to her Perhaps if the author had made the character grateful for what she DID have I liked the rest of the characters except for Janelle I see where Brenna gets it A few grammatical errors but I blame that on the editor Sweet Surprises is the second book in the Home Sweet Home series by Shirlee McCoy It can easily be read as a standalone storyBrenna Lamont left her small home town of Benevolence and made something of her life She's travelled she's been a fashion model opened her own business and was engaged All that came to an abrupt end when her fiance ran off with another woman AND all of Brenna's money In a nearly bankrupt state she returns home to Benevolence to help her grandfather in their family chocolate shop She keeps her problems to herself and everybody just thinks her and her fiance have split up but nothing elseRiver Maynard older than Brenna had left Benevolence just as she had He became a successful chef and opened two restaurants He finds himself back in Benevolence to help his foster mother while she recovers from a stroke All her life she has taken in troubled people and helped them lead better lives River is one of her success stories as he was the ultimate troubled teen Even now when she is unwell his foster mother has a motley crew of characters living at the rundown ranch River wants to kick them all out but his mum forbids it so he will just have to learn to cope with them allRiver and Brenna meet up again after years of being away from town when he needs to buy some of the famously delicious fudge from the chocolate shop after hours It's the one thing that his mum looks forward to every evening and one of the motley crew had finished what had been bought for herThere is an instant attraction between them One that slowly builds during the story They both have baggage especially Brenna and it seems that any relationship between them will have to wait until she can learn to trustAs well as their relationship building the story involving the chocolate shop the running or it the secret recipes and seeing Brenna trying to learn them was great As was learning about the various characters living on the ranch and watching them learn to trust River and visa versa There was definitely a lot to enjoy in this story and although I am not a fan of contemporary romances this one was a pleasure to read and I can happily recommend it Sweet Surprises by Shirlee McCoy is the 2nd book in her Home Sweet Home series Brenna Lamont is returning home to Benevolence a small town in Washington Brenna is coming home to help her grandfather run Chocolate Haven What no one knows is that Brenna is in dire straits with her fiancée running off with another woman and taking every penny of her money Forced to close her successful business and lifestyle and unable to pay bills Brenna heads home determined not to let her family know the truth All they know is she was dumped by her fiancéeRiver Maynard our hero is now home helping his foster mother recover from a stroke and help keep her ranch running River who has a successful restaurant business in another state wants to convince Belinda to sell the ranch and come live with him There are a number of others who live with Belinda helping her whom River is not really happy about They all are either homeless or wayward teenagers who have major issues which Belinda overlooks as she gives them a home However River sees them as trouble than helpBrenna will find working at Chocolate Haven difficult then she imagined especially in creating the famous fudge which she cannot recreate much to her frustration She meets River whom she remembers from her school days and a friendship begins River will help Brenna with the chocolate not the fudge since it’s a secret recipe preparation on many evenings utilizing his expertise as a chef The attraction between them builds slowly and they made a great couple River begins to suspect that Brenna is in a dire situation then she has let on to others and he will eventually learn the truth about her ex fiancee Will Brenna be able to overcome her fears of loving someone and trust River? Will River who is falling hard for Brenna be willing to stay in Benevolence? In the midst of their budding romance is a mystery of vandalism against Brenna and the Chocolate Haven Sweet Surprises was a nice story with a very likable couple It was nice to see some of those from the first book and we met a lot of interesting new characters The ending left things open for the next book which is another mystery surrounding Brenna’s sister Willow I would have liked closure on some things left partially open I suspect Willow will be the lead in the next book If you enjoy small town romances family atmosphere sweet likeable couple as well a nice story line; I suggest you read Sweet SurprisesBarbThe Reading Cafe Delightful storyRich characters with backbone and family values make this novel an intriguing part of the series I do wonder why Brenna's grandfather didn't show her how to make the family recipe for fudge Making fudge can be a daunting task even if you've made it many times And the thought that because she was family and should have the skill for making fudge is just moronic I picked this book because I thought it would be a sweet little romance novel The main two characters had gone through some tough times One came home to help Belinda who had been his foster mother and she had a stroke Her home was in disrepair and she had people living with her who appeared to be no help to Belinda River was able to organize those people into a helping group who loved Belinda and they became a family Brenna Lamont came home to help her grandfather run the family Chocolate shop They were famous for their fudge which Brenna couldn't master She could make the other chocolate treats that the family made and sold Brenna had a fiance who had run off with her savings which made her lose every thing She didn't want to tell her family the bigger reason she came home River and Brenna hit it off and they helped each other The ending seemed very abrupt so it wasn't very satisfying In Benevolence Washington the Lamont family's delectable handmade chocolates are a precious tradition and always a reason to return home And for the most rebellious of the three Lamont sisters they provide a chance to create a tempting new future complete with delicious happinessNeighbors always ready to help a laid back pace former model Brenna Lamont needs everything that once made her leave her hometown To help her pregnant sister Addie Brenna is back to run the family store Chocolate Haven and figure out how to start over But she just can't make the one of a kind Lamont fudgeor make herself really fit in And with handsome restaurateur River Maynard causing her troubles to boil over big time can Brenna risk going after what she really wants River already has his hands full helping his ailing foster mother save her ranch for troubled children He's got no time for anything but reality and hard choices But somehow a daily dose of Lamont chocolates is helping his mom feel better And Brenna's kindness and warmth is making him hungry for an unexpected new dream only she and Benevolence's magical sweetness can make come true Praise for Shirlee McCoy's Apple Valley NovelsA delicious treat Don't miss a visit to Apple Valley Emily March New York Times bestselling author Sweet as pie Publishers WeeklyA wonderful warmhearted story RT Book Reviews Funny fast paced story with a healthy dose of humor and some suspense There was no dull moment everyone in benevolence gets a happy ending or at least a promise of one The only thing that didn't impress me was the two main characters' focus on each other's skin or flesh other than that it was an enjoyable read Cute book The end seemed kind of rushed but the rest of the book was entertaining I enjoyed it until the end There are way too many loose ends for my taste

  • ebook
  • 352 pages
  • Sweet Surprises Home Sweet Home #2
  • Shirlee McCoy
  • 06 December 2016
  • 9781420139303