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Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances by Sue Watson

35922915A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas Day, Chloe’s heart is still in pieces as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…
It seems Gianni’s new seaside restaurant is in trouble and Chloe must go to Appledore to save the business – and him. Equally famous for his experimental culinary extravaganzas and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way!
As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflé. But will it be enough to save their marriage?
Chloe came to Appledore in search of her Christmas sparkle, but when the snow clears, will she finally find the way back to her husband’s heart?

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

Another Sue Watson book! Yay! Since reading Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer, Sue Watson immediately became a top favorite and an auto-read author for me. Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances is my third book and just like the previous two books from hers that I’ve read, I love it, too.

Chloe and Gianni used to be so in love with each other. Gianni is an Italian chef, while Chloe works in PR. He got an unbelievable temper and might seem arrogant to people who don’t really know him, which is everyone, aside from Chloe. She is the only person who understands the proud and quirky Italian chef, and the only person whom he showed his soft side with. They got married and things are going really good for the couple. But as the years go by and a lot of things has happened, they drifted apart and eventually separated. A year after the separation, Chloe received a call from Gianni’s staff asking for her help. It looks like Gianni’s new business venture in Devon is in trouble and Chloe might be the only one who can save it. Against her better judgment, Chloe headed to Devon, besides, it is a much better option than spending Christmas alone. But if Gianni has a temper before, he is now so impossible to deal with that even Chloe’s patience is starting to crumble. And if that isn’t enough, the people of Devon are not so fond of her husband and worst, Gianni is trying to put his weird dishes experiments on his menu. While Chloe is trying to do her job, being with Gianni brings up not only memories but feelings from the past as well. Will she be able to save the restaurant? What about her marriage?

Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances is a Christmas-themed, feel-good book from Sue Watson, and this time it is obviously as the title suggests, is about second chances. And in this case, another shot at a crumbling marriage. The story was set in Devon, in Appledore, just like in the Ice-Cream Cafe series. It feels good to be back in Appledore and see it in a different season. It sounds like a really wonderful place. I can’t be sure if it’s the third book in the series since it featured the characters from the other two books but it sure made the reading experience extra fun. Ella and the girls never fail to make me laugh. With regards to the main character, Chloe is such a lovely character. She’s independent and feisty and has an admirable patience despite Gianni’s awful temper. She is someone you can’t help but feel sympathy with. On the other hand, it is the opposite when it comes to Gianni because of his conceited nature. But despite that, he can also be funny and sweet that I can’t help but warm to him in the end. His kind of humor also brings a good deal of laughter. Their story, though, is something some people can relate to. A married couple who’ve been through difficult times and drifted apart that leads to their separation despite the love they feel for each other. The struggles they’ve been through is heartbreaking and made the story feel authentic. Though it is predictable and there were moments where Chloe’s narration can be repetitive, it didn’t take away the fun of reading this book.

If the Ice-Cream Cafe books are filled with mouth-watering ice cream flavors during the summer, this one offered scrumptious (sometimes bizarre) dishes on a festive season, courtesy of Gianni, that will surely make your stomach grumble. Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances is another funny and delicious treat from Sue Watson, who proves yet again how fantastic of an author she is. She never fails to give a feel-good story that warms the heart and leave a smile on your face. It is a story not only about love, but also of second chances and new beginnings. Overall, this is definitely a perfect Christmas read but I’m pretty sure can work, too, any other season.




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