Saving Saffron Sweeting - Pauline Wiles

4.5 Stars!

Grace Palmer’s British friends all think she’s living the American Dream. But her design business is floundering and when she discovers her husband is cheating with her best client, she panics and flees home to England.

The tranquil village of Saffron Sweeting appears to be a good place for Grace to lick her wounds, but the community is battling its own changes. Reluctantly, Grace finds herself helping her new neighbors as they struggle to adjust and save their businesses. However, not everyone has the same opinion on what’s good for the village. The charismatic new man in her life may have one speculative eye on Grace, but the other is firmly on profit. How will she navigate the tricky path between her home and her happiness?

With gentle humor and generous helpings of British tea and cake, Saving Saffron Sweeting explores one woman’s need to define herself through her career and community, before she can figure out who should be by her side.

British by birth, Pauline is now a contented resident of California, although she admits to occasional yearnings for afternoon tea and historic homes.

Her debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, reached the quarter final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was a number one Kindle Best Seller. The stand-alone prequel, Secrets in the Sky, was reviewed by Publishers Weekly as ‘an enticing read’. Sweet Pursuits is the third book in the collection.

When not writing, Pauline can be found pursuing The Serenity Project, her year-long attempt to slow down and appreciate life. She also likes to ponder how many miles she'd need to run to justify an extra piece of cake, and is fond of daydreaming about flying herself and a reader to London for tea. Until then, she loves to get emails from readers and she takes note of every review left on Amazon.

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Back in March I reviewed "Sweet Pursuits" by this author and really liked it (Review - HERE). I wanted to read more by Pauline and my wish came true!

Well that was one super cute book! Can one woman (heartbroken, angry, and just looking to get away form her current situation) single-handedly save a whole town? Well... yes they can, and she did - one business at a time.

I love Saffron Sweeting! I want to go there! What a great town. The more I read about this quaint English town the more I fall in love with it and its people.
"Saffron Sweeting. Well, that’s an excellent omen,’ she declared. One thing I find amusing about Jem is her belief in omens, horoscopes and reading tea leaves. ‘It is?’ I yawned back, starting to arrange pillows on the sofa. ‘Grace, it’s perfect! It’s a village named after sugar. Definitely give it a try. After all,’ she beamed at me, ‘how bad can it be?"
Great character development. I loved Grace and all her new friends in Saffron Sweeting. I loved the way Grace helped the small businesses with American customs and holidays to get them into their stores etc. It made me wonder if other countries really do this, target American visitors.

It did have a great ending - its just not what I would have done. Maybe she it a better person than I. But just because I would have done it differently doesn't mean it wasn't what was right for Grace and it did make for the perfect ending. Smiles all 'round!  :-)

So now that I have read book 1 and book 3 - I think I need to read book 2, don't you think?

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from the author Thank You!

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  1. Thanks so much for reading and I'm thrilled you enjoyed exploring Saffron Sweeting some more.


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