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Paperback Details
  • 02/2016
  • 978-1530227525
  • 250 pages
  • $6.99
Ebook Details
  • 04/2016
  • B01CBW4J56
  • 258 pages
  • $3.99
Karla Brandenburg
Author
Cookie Therapy

Adult; Romance; (Market)

To escape notoriety from her role in the school shooting she barely survived, Elizabeth Lambert moves from Houston to Hoffman Grove, Illinois. Plagued by panic attacks and nightmares, she’s determined to embrace her second chance at life, knowing that death could take her in an instant. A one-night stand with a local handsome firefighter should remind her that she’s alive, but like a good cookie, once is not enough to satisfy her craving. Will he reject her when he learns about the blood on her hands? Firefighter and paramedic Matt Billings fights his attraction to the alluring new bookshop manager. She dangles a one-night stand under his nose, but the last time he gave in to such an offer he ended up with a child. He is determined to be a better man than his philandering father. Can he convince Elizabeth that her past is not as terrifying as suddenly being a parent, and a relationship is worth more than just a checkbox on her bucket list?

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10

Assessment:

This captivating, heartwarming contemporary is perfect blend of romance and poignancy as a couple effectively addresses the aftereffects of tough choices from their past. Timely and relatable topics elevate the story above ordinary. This well-crafted novel is supported by deftly crafted secondary characters, small town charm, and consistent pacing, while sensitive issues are handled with grace. While this book works very well as a standalone, readers will be interested in reading the entire series.

Date Submitted: July 27, 2016

Reviews
InD Tale Magazine

When she was growing up, Elizabeth Lambert believed Hoffman Grove to be her safe haven. Spending one month every summer tending the family bookstore and baking cookies with her aunt gave Elizabeth refuge from her neglectful parents. After an unimaginable tragedy leaves her traumatized and suffering the side effects of PTSD, Elizabeth jumps at the chance to leave Texas and return to Hoffman Grove to manage her aunt’s bookstore. When a series of clumsy mishaps puts her face to face with the delectable paramedic/firefighter Matthew Billings, Elizabeth is left feeling more than just grateful. Knowing that life is short, she propositions Matt with a one night stand. But will one night be enough to satisfy her craving? Cookies may be her vice... but Matthew Billings is quickly becoming her addiction.

“Cookie Therapy” is a story of love, courage, and the friends that become family. Fraught with emotion, but with comedic moments that in no way detract from the overall serious tone of the book, Ms. Brandenburg offers a realistic portrayal of PTSD. Complex and multifaceted, each character shows many sides to their personality. Elizabeth is contradictory in the most wonderful way; she’s adorably klutzy and emotionally guarded but assertive and commanding at the same time. Thought provoking and heartfelt, this tale tugs at the heartstrings and immerses the reader in a world they'll be reluctant to leave. Settle in with a hot cup of tea and a comfy chair, because this is the kind of book one could get lost in!

Chantel Hardge

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2016
  • 978-1530227525
  • 250 pages
  • $6.99
Ebook Details
  • 04/2016
  • B01CBW4J56
  • 258 pages
  • $3.99

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