Book Review – The Accidental Baker by Clare London


Publisher: Jocular Press
Pages: 55
Characters: Donnie, Henry, Simon, Trev, Eric, Tez, Abi, Will
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary

Donnie Watson’s baking disasters are legendary, but this Easter, his mismatched chocolate eggs bring accidental but astonishing results to four downhearted gay men. The chocolate sweets spill onto the pavement of a small parade of local shops—and go on a matchmaking tour like no other! From a bankrupt and betrayed baker, to a homeless but hopeful man, to a conceited bar owner in need of a reality check, and finally to the hapless but caring Donnie himself.

After all, Love means you can have chocolate too!

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Review

I loved these feel good interconnected stories, and the way they were connected by not just the eggs but people too. I enjoy stories about communities where everyone knows someone someone else knows. I also loved the description of the eggs, and the way they make a break for it.

The different characters were very endearing and all going through their own brand of problems. I thought it was very clever the way the author used the eggs to bring people together. Each character was very different, and they all had their quirks, which I enjoyed reading about. I enjoyed the sweet romances too.

I found The Accidental Baker great for a pick-me-up, short, sweet read, and although it hits the spot nicely at Easter, it’s a story I’ll enjoy rereading at any time of the year. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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