Friday, April 8, 2011

Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes by Roisin Meaney Review & Giveaway

Just days before Hannah Robinson is to open her own shop, her live-in boyfriend dumps her.  He says he has found someone new and moves out on the eve of her celebration party.  Shocked and heart-broken, Hannah throws herself into her shop.  She arises every morning at three am to make dozens of delectable cupcakes to sell in her shop. She knows she needs to find another housemate to help her pay the bills, but she is too sad and busy to worry about it right now.

Patrick feels bad about dumping Hannah, but it couldn't be helped.  He was enjoying juggling two women, but Leah became pregnant so he moved in with her.  But things are not going well with Leah's mother as she plays bridge with Hannah's mother and the two are not happy with their offspring.

Then Hannah's best friend Adam decides to move in with Hannah to help her pay the bills and to let his sister Nora use his flat, since she is recently divorced and needs somewhere to stay.  Nora finds a job as a PA assistant for Patrick and becomes the perfect dalliance for Patrick to escape his humdrum life.

Adam takes to going to a new wine bar on the weekends and urges Hannah to come along.  Adam has his eye on a shy blonde who plays the clarinet.  But Hannah starts to see one of the players who also comes into her shop, a carpenter named John. 

Meanwhile, Geraldine, Hannah's mother, works at the Glass Slipper for a woman named Alice.  Alice's husband Tom works with Geraldine's husband Steven.  Alice is concerned about Tom's habit of drinking and when an accident brings things to a head, life gets sticky for everyone concerned. 

A top-notch cast of characters whose live intermingle will have you cheering and booing at some of their choices and antics.  I totally despised the characters of Tom and Patrick but I really enjoyed Hannah, Adam and Geraldine.  You will find yourself caught up in their lives, sharing their heartbreaks, triumphs and zest for life.  Roisin Meaney's writing reminded me alot of Debbie Macomber and Jill Mansell.  I really enjoyed the writing and the dialogue between the characters as well as having a novel that ended without any loose ends.  Well worth the read!

GIVEAWAY
I have two copies of Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney for two USA Readers

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Contest ends on April 24th.  USA Only.  Winners have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be selected.  Winners selected via randomizer.org.  I received a free copy of Semi-Sweet to faciliate this review.


75 comments:

  1. mmm...this looks wonderful!
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  2. My favorite flavor of cupcake is definitely vanilla with cream cheese frosting!!
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  3. I follow minding spot via GFC.
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  4. Vanilla with buttercream frosting

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  5. I am a GFC follower

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  6. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  7. I'm a GFC follower as audreyclair.
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  8. I adore Red Velvet Cupcakes.
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  9. This looks like a great book
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  10. German Chocolate Cupcakes YUM!
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  11. Love to be included in this giveaway thanks

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  12. Chocolate is my favorite.

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  13. gfc follower

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. I'm a gfc follower.

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  16. I like vanilla cupcakes with coconut frosting.

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  17. I like the sound of this one, a group of characters tends to be very character based and allows the author to flesh them all out.

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  18. I follow GFC

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  19. Oh wow pick just the one huh well I'm going with Chai latte which I have had from Sprinkles. My boss got them for me for my birthday she drove 45 minutes just to get to the nearest store. She must like me lol after that coconut.

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. +1 GFC follower

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  22. Snickerdoodle cupcakes

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  23. Summer is on the horizon and I'll be reading a lot. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway


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  24. Vanilla cupcake is my favorite. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway


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  25. GFC follower. Thanks


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  26. It looks like a great story.
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  27. Chocolate cupcakes are my favorite
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  28. Yum! This book would really make me want cupcakes. I love stories set in baking shops.


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  29. I haven't had one yet, but any flavor of cake should be doable in a cupcake, right? Burnt sugar would make my day!


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  30. I follow your blog with Google Friends Connect.

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  31. i love the cover of this novel...thanks for the chance to read it :)

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  32. my favourite cupcake is...vanilla :)

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  33. i'm a follower :)

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  34. I'd love to be entered. Thanks!
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  35. I am a follower.
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  36. I like chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting!
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  37. Hi! What a neat giveaway! Would love to read this book. Thanks for doing this. :)

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  38. My favorite cupcake would be chocolate followed by Red Velvet. :)

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  39. Count me in!

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  40. Count me in!

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  41. I love a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing. Pleasing enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  42. great giveaway
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  43. Thank you
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  44. I would love to read this book.

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  45. I follow on gfc.

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  46. I'd love this!

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  47. Red velvet!

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  48. Everyone in the story definitely has ties to someone else. Makes for interesting reading. I would really enjoy this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  49. My favorite flavor of cupcakes is chocolate.

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  50. Follow on GFC(Anita Yancey).

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  51. Looks like a great one time4mommy at gmail dot come

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  52. thanks for the giveaway
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  53. a better question would be....what flavor of cupcake don't I like? LOL
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  54. Follow on GFC
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  55. thank you for the giveaway

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  57. favorite cupcake is chocolate chip cupcakes with buttercream frosting

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  58. Sounds like a yummy read :) Thanks for the chance!
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  59. My favorite flavor is spice with cream cheese frosting
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  61. Thanks for the chance!
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  62. My fave cupcake is carrot cake or really good vanilla with buttercream frosting
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  63. I'm a new follower on GFC
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  64. I would love to read this book!

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  65. Thanks for the giveaway
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  66. GFC Follower
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  67. I love caramel apple cupcakes with caramel icing
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  68. This sounds like a great character driven book.
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  69. I follow via GFC (ellie)
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  70. Orange flavored cupcakes are my favorite.

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  71. I love chocolate
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  72. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  73. My favorite flavor cupcake is chocolate. Anything chocolate! :)

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