Pages: 100 pages
Release date: 7th November 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
A warm pie. A tasty guy. Happy Thanksgiving indeed.
Homecomings for Lauren Hauser are always filled with delicious food and hopes for a distraction from her quirky family. The only exception with this visit: she’s been given the challenge of preparing her grandmother’s pie.
Set out on a journey for pecans, Lauren stumbles into Jack a guy who despite his charm (and kissable lips) appears to be in a committed relationship…with his career. His main concern is taking care of a last minute errand for a client, not Lauren or her quest for the key ingredient.
Frazzled in more ways than one, Lauren’s journey improves when Jack rescues her from an icy walk. Attraction and tension rise and soon pecans aren’t the only things getting toasty in the kitchen.
I kindly received How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie in exchange of an honest review by the author.
It’s Thanksgiving time in Texas. Laura Hauser came all the way from Baltimore for visiting her family in Austin. Lauras grandmother has inducted her into the secret receipe and has given her the duty to of preparing the family pecan pie. Pecan pie is a big deal for Thanksgiving in most american housholds but for Laurens family it’s the créme de le créme of Thanksgiving. The problem here is that Lauren is not a baker. Although she’s accepting the challange because letting down her grandmother down is not an option. The most important preperation for the pie is getting the pecan nuts of a certain farm. She needs to leave immediately to be able to get them in time because it’s a day before Thanksgiving and the shops close early. It’s a long drive to the farm and when she arrives there’s someone else who’s taken almost all the pecan nuts. Not enough packs are left to make grandmothers special pie. Her bad day continues when she has a flat tire in the middle of nowhere in an icy storm. Here enters the pecan hoarder Jacke the scene again, he comes and rescues Laura. They spend an evening together making pie. Lauren is feeling some kind of attraction. Is this a beginning of a new romance?
I adored this plot and thought How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie was a really cute, amusing, heart warming read. Although I would have liked to see an added twist or two – not necessarily to change the outcome of the story but maybe to make me at least question whether the plot was going to turn out pretty much exactly how I thought it would from the start. It was entertaining but just a little too predictable for me to be fully satisfied with it. It’s well written and it has likeable characters and interesting dynamics, so if chick-lit is your bag then give it a whirl. An easy and fun summer read if you’re looking for something light and romantic. I’m loking forward to read more of Gina Henning in the future.