From the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “heartwarming and refreshingly sweet” (Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author) On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a story about a baker who takes her chances on a new town...and an old love.
After selling her famous bakery back in New York, Parker Adams visits Hope Lake, Pennsylvania, to figure out her next steps. And soon she’s wondering why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls—the senior women who hold court—and Nick Arthur, her equally infuriating and charming former flame, Parker finds a community eager to help her get her mojo back.
But even though Hope Lake gives her the fresh start she’s been looking for, Parker discovers that it’s not so easy to start over again with Nick. Their chemistry is undeniable, but since Nick is a freshly taken man, Parker is determined to keep things platonic. With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep everything she’s come to love before she loses it all.
Perfect for fans of Amy E. Reichert and Jenny Colgan, The Ingredients of You and Me is a scrumptious romantic comedy that lets you have your cake and eat it too.
The halfhearted third romance in Nina Bocci's Hopeless Romantics series (after Meet Me on Love Lane) introduces a charmless couple who behave in unbelievable ways. After Parker Adams sells her successful New York City cupcake shop, she visits her best friend, Charlotte, in small-town Hope Lake, Pa. Parker has a secondary motive for the trip: on a previous visit she secretly began a relationship with Charlotte's friend Nick Arthur, which continued long-distance. They were in the midst of planning Thanksgiving together when he ghosted her, leaving her so heartbroken she couldn't bake. Despite Parker's desire for answers, when she sees Nick again she refuses to let him explain. As their communication issues get increasingly tedious, readers will find it hard to care about a couple who so consistently hurt one another. More successful are the mouthwatering descriptions of Parker's baked goods and the quirky older ladies who welcome Parker to town and inspire her to figure out a career that will allow her to stay in Hope Lake with her undeserving beau. This misses the mark.
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An amazing end to an amazing series
I was so super excited or this story at the end of Meet Me On Love Lane. The sparks between Nick and Parker were unbelievable and I was really hoping that Hope Lake was charming Parker as much as it had Charlotte. Learning of their trist and of Parker selling her bakery reallllly had me curious from the get go! Parker getting on that bus and coming to Hope Lake to get her mojo back was so awesome! I was really hoping that would happen when she finally talked to Charlotte. I had no clue what she'd be walking in to, and I LOVED THAT SO MUCH! Even better was Mrs. Mancini stepping in and taking Parker under her wing. The Golden Girls have played such a special role in this series and I love how they really got to shine in this book. These women really helped give Parker a purpose. This was truly a book about self discovery, and in so many different ways. There were so many details to this book and I loved every second of that. I love when a book has so many different paths and purposes. Mancini really led Parker and the Golden Girls to a path of discovery that I didn't expect in any way! At the same time, we got to learn so much about both Parker and Nick. Seeing Nick with the crazy lady that we did was really interesting. Seeing this man in the light we always have, I was super sad to see who he become with the girl he was dating. I was super happy through to see Mancini trying to work her magic with the. Now how about we talk about The Baked Nanas? I LOVE THIS CONCEPT SO MUCH!!!!!!!! These ladies deserve the best, they totally run the town, and I loved the concept so much. I loved how Parker had this crazy dream and these ladies got the best of it. I'm so beyond sad that this series is done. It totally needs turned into a sitcom!