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Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    Captivating and Delicious!

    Truly a great novel- I had the hardest time putting it down! Meaney makes you fall in love with the characters (except for the antagonists of course!) and weaves you through the ties between all of their lives. I felt compassion, love, hatred, sympathy, agony, happiness, and sadness as I read and reread the beautifully life-like tales of the characters. Each person is frighteningly real, which is part of the beauty of the entire novel! A must read!!! I would not be surprised if this made it to the NY Times Bestseller list. In fact, I'd be shocked if it didn't!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Interesting Read

    Goal: Operate Cupcake shop
    Timeline: Seven Months
    Glitches: more than enough to count
    Can it be done?

    Hannah is about to open the doors to her little bakery. But things aren't going as smoothly as she'd planned. There's more than a couple glitches. And then there's Alice. Talk about a lot to take in...this book certainly packs a punch.

    I have to admit, the blurb snagged me. I wanted to read about Hannah and her shop. What I got was a lot more. Roisin Meaney writes in a very frantic yet fluid style. There's a lot going on in this book. I laughed, I cried, I hoped for some characters to get together, some to break up, and others to just move on. From page one, I was totally involved in the story.

    I liked Hannah. She's realistic. She's got problems and not all the answers. I wanted to see her get her HEA, or at least for her shop to open and make her happy. The way she deals with life is something I want to read again and again.

    With that said, there are a lot of characters in this book. The dual plotlines, though intertwined, can be more than a little confusing. I found myself having to go back more than once to read and reread to make sure I didn't miss anything. I also found myself frustrated with more than one character-but that's a good thing. It showed I was emotionally involved in the story.

    I didn't want this book to end.

    If you want a book that will make you smile, cry, and giggle, then you need to read Semi-Sweet I give it 3.5 books.

    Originally posted at the Long and Short Of It Romance Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    Jumps around quite a bit.

    Review by Jen:
    I'll admit that the title of this book drew me in and the blurb made me want to read the book. However as I read, I found that a "novel of love" is a little misleading. This book is not a romance... it is very much chick-lit or woman's fiction. The blurb makes it sound like the story is going to be about Hannah, and while she is a main character in the story, she isn't front and center. There are multiple plots going on at once; I think I can come up with 7. Of course they intertwine, but with so many story lines going on, I never got a satisfied feeling with this read. In fact, I feel this book could easily be expanded into two novels with a more fleshed out story and characters.

    But what I think bothered me the most was how much this story jumped around between the different story lines... and points of view. Each change of plot finds the reader jumping into someone else's head and because the shifts were so frequent, I often found my head spinning trying to keep up.

    All that said, I did like the characters (for the most part) and the various plots all tied in together well. And the setting of a small town in Ireland was charming. There was just a little too much to keep up with for my tastes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 7, 2014

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    Posted July 7, 2014

    Alex

    Starts sucking the humungus thing it barely fitting inti his mouth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Yo mamma

    Was born in a sewer!!!! Oh yeah ill verbally battle any1!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    Really Enjoyed this book!

    I really enjoyed this book. Hannah is a likeable character, trying to make a success of her life and she keeps going even when she gets a big kick in the teeth from her philandering live-in boyfriend. She has a supportive family, a best friend- Adam, and employees who care about her business. Ms. Meaney juggles a lot of plots in this book and does an excellent job doing so. There is the thread about Hannah's romantic life and if it progresses or stays stagnant. We get a glimpse into the hard life of a person who runs their own business and the triumphs and pitfalls in that endeavor. Philandering Patrick gets a storyline which includes his now pregnant girlfriend. One of Hannah's friends has a personal tragedy that is related to Hannah's dad through a friendship of his. Lots of things going on in this book....

    Ms. Meaney weaves everything together so it all makes sense. Characters are not one dimensional and we see both sides of each one's story. There were characters that would be unsympathetic under less skilled hands but in this book we see both their flaws and their difficulties. There is one female character that is pretty despicable and hard to understand but we do get a small peek into her motivation for the things she does. (Still didn't like her!)

    This is a good book to settle down with for the weekend and enjoy. I look forward to reading other books by the same author.

    Orinally posted on I Mainline Fiction blog

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