Friday, February 13, 2015

A Pinch of Ohh La La - Review

A Pinch of Ooh La LaA Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published August 5th 2014 by NAL Trade

To get to happily ever after, sometimes you need to start from scratch....

Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-grabbing graffiti. Of course, her failed relationship with a womanizing art forger might have something to do with that. Nevertheless, it’s time for Abbey to step out of the kitchen—and her comfort zone—and Bendrix has even handpicked a man for her to date.

Samuel Howard is everything Abbey’s dreamed of: handsome, successful, and looking to raise a family. But a creamy icing might be needed to hide a problem or two. When Samuel complains about disrespect for the institution of marriage, Abbey’s reminded of her nontraditional family, with thirteen children from various mothers. And when Samuel rails about kids having kids, Abbey thinks of her twenty-year-old sister who’s recently revealed her pregnancy.

Soon Abbey is facing one disaster after another and struggling to make sense of it all. Her search for love has led her down a bitter path, but with the help of her unique family and unwavering friends, she just might find the ooh la la that makes life sweet.

Honestly I didn't feel too  much "ooh la la." It's not exactly a page turner. But it's also not a bore.

It's somewhere in between: "What else do I have to read on my shelf?" and " Let's see what happens next."
Not that it lagged it just kind of flat lined at times.

It's a year in the life of this character, Abbey Ross, and like a year in anyone's life some moments aren't really worth mentioning.
Good things happen, a lot more bad things happen. We win some we lose some. And like always things feel like they're going to hell.
It happens.

Storyline aside, the characters are pretty interesting. They're a unique bunch which are what kept me coming back. Scenes involving Abbey's family were probably my favorite.

My take away from this book: It made me think about life; among other things.

I also really enjoyed all the jazz references.

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