Sydney Isaacs has two priorities: her family, and Decadent, the gourmet pastry business they founded almost three generations ago. But both are in jeopardy when her brother, Dean, marries conniving Sheree Vern. Worse, when Dean inherits ownership of Decadent he and Sheree decide to sell it to finance his dreams of becoming a music producer—or so Dean believes…
Thanks to Sheree, Dean’s plans, the business, and his marriage, soon implode in ways he never expected—leaving Sydney determined to salvage whatever she can. Her only solace is her romance with Hayden Windsor. But Hayden is Sheree’s half brother, and Sydney can’t help wondering if Hayden knew about Sheree’s scheming all along? Soon Sydney carries out a deception of her own to discover the truth—until the consequences threaten to destroy everything she values most—including her faith. Overcome with guilt, can she make things right with her brother, with Hayden, and with God?...
Toronto-based Bowen (Man Enough For Me) spins a fast-paced story about business, love, and family in her third novel. The hardworking Sydney Isaacs runs Decadent, a gourmet pastry business that her deceased father left to her brother, Dean. She is also struggling with her belief in God, but that's a minor plot point. Her childhood friend and old flame Hayden Windsor arrives back in town just as Dean tells the family that he's married a woman who has convinced him to sell Decadent to its competition. What ensues is a cleverly crafted series of capers punctuated by the kind of hospital scenes and characters one might find in a soap opera. The novel is easy to read, with a gratifying conclusion, though Sydney's resistance to Hayden is at times unusual, given that they've known each other since they were young. Still, their love story is sweet without being as sugar-rich as Decadent's desserts.