What they say:
What’s the recipe for a second chance at love?
After six blissful years with scientist boyfriend Owen, Bella Beecham was convinced he was about to pop the question she’d been longing to hear. Instead, he accepted a prestigious job in California and left England without a backwards glance. Now, Owen’s back in the village of Saffron Sweeting, and appears to be more eligible than ever. Bella’s determined that the man of her dreams won’t slip through he
r fingers again.
But her plans to tone up, trim down, and tempt Owen back into her life prove bittersweet. Although Bella’s talent for baking wins her new friends, her tasty treats have a disconcerting tendency to sabotage her own intentions. And as her increasingly bold attempts to recapture Owen’s heart stumble, Bella must question whether she’s chasing a guy who wants to be caught.
A British romantic comedy featuring both familiar characters and fresh faces, Sweet Pursuits explores how a young woman seeking her soulmate must first learn to love herself.
What we say: Review by Lizzie Wright
There’s a certain comfort to be found in the pages of a familiar author’s work and Pauline Wiles hasn’t failed to deliver. After reading Saving Saffron Sweeting I was looking forward to jumping right into the latest Saffron Sweeting novel and reading a story from the same universe, featuring characters from the last novel is such a lovely experience. Once again Pauline’s writing has come at exactly the right time for me. I couldn’t help but empathise with Bella’s struggle and while internally you find yourself shouting, ‘Get a grip, woman! He’s wrong for you!’ you know deep down that you’ve been in the same position before and sometimes it really does take a while to realise the truth.
As the name suggests, Sweet Pursuits is a comforting read, perfect for this time of year and for anyone caught up in the ‘New Year, New Me’ state of mind. It works as a lovely reminder that working on yourself and striving for success doesn’t mean punishing yourself and that sometimes relaxing and spending time with people who truly care about you will lead you in the right direction anyway.