Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

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by Roisin Meaney
     
 

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Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline -

Overview

Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline - seven months to make her shop a success, or walk away from it all. And as Hannah immerses herself in her new business, she soon discovers that she's too busy to think about Patrick and his now pregnant girlfriend ...or to notice an increasingly regular customer who has recently developed a sweet tooth for all things cupcake. But while Hannah is slowly piecing her life back together, family friend Alice's is falling apart. Her husband Tom's drinking is getting out of control and things are about to get a whole lot worse. As the seven-month milestone approaches, Hannah must decide her future. And while she's figuring out what's really important, it becomes clear to everyone that happiness in life, and in love, is all in the making.

Editorial Reviews

Irish Examiner
"With writing reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's, Meaney is carving out a niche for herself in this crowded market."
Irish Independent
"Repeatedly and deservedly likened to Maeve Binchy, she is a master of her craft and a gifted storyteller. She has outdone herself with a skillful plot, memorable characters and the ability to leave the reader wanting more. If you are a Binchy fan, I would highly recommend you get to know Meaney too."
author of THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIEN Lisa Verge Higgins
"A heartwarming tale about the yearning for love, the search for happiness and the importance of friendship--all served up with tea and cupcakes."
author of THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS Erica Bauermeister
"Fans of Maeve Binchy will love Roisin Meaney. Semi-Sweet is an endearing, insightful story of self-discovery, empowerment, love, and yes, most deliciously, cupcakes..."
Susan Wiggs
"Roisin Meaney serves up a tale as charming and delicious as a homemade cupcake. Hannah, the main character, is endearing, funny, insecure, and unforgettable. I savored every bit of this romantic and deeply true novel, right up to the surprising ending."
#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
"SEMI-SWEET is wise, witty, and wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's going to sell like cupcakes."
From the Publisher
"SEMI-SWEET is wise, witty, and wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's going to sell like cupcakes."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

Roisin Meaney serves up a tale as charming and delicious as a homemade cupcake. Hannah, the main character, is endearing, funny, insecure, and unforgettable. I savored every bit of this romantic and deeply true novel, right up to the surprising ending."—Susan Wiggs"

Fans of Maeve Binchy will love Roisin Meaney. Semi-Sweet is an endearing, insightful story of self-discovery, empowerment, love, and yes, most deliciously, cupcakes..."—Erica Bauermeister, author of THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS"

A heartwarming tale about the yearning for love, the search for happiness and the importance of friendship—all served up with tea and cupcakes."—Lisa Verge Higgins, author of THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP"

With writing reminiscent of Maeve Binchy's, Meaney is carving out a niche for herself in this crowded market."—Irish Examiner"

Repeatedly and deservedly likened to Maeve Binchy, she is a master of her craft and a gifted storyteller. She has outdone herself with a skillful plot, memorable characters and the ability to leave the reader wanting more. If you are a Binchy fan, I would highly recommend you get to know Meaney too."—Irish Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446570114
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/25/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
435,964
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Susan Wiggs
Roisin Meaney serves up a tale as charming and delicious as a homemade cupcake. Hannah, the main character, is endearing, funny, insecure, and unforgettable. I savored every bit of this romantic and deeply true novel, right up to the surprising ending.

Meet the Author

Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co Kerry, Ireland. She has lived in the US, Canada, Africa, and Europe. In 2002, Roisin won the Tivoli Write a Bestseller competition with her first novel, The Daisy Picker, which was subsequently followed by Putting Out Stars. Roisin is currently based in Limerick. SEMI-SWEET is her sixth book.

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Semi-Sweet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
gryffindor1994 More than 1 year ago
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!
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
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SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
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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Moans
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Starts sucking the humungus thing it barely fitting inti his mouth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was born in a sewer!!!! Oh yeah ill verbally battle any1!!!!