British by birth, Pauline Wiles is now a contented resident of California, although she admits to an occasional yearning for afternoon tea and historic homes. Pauline's work has been published by House of Fifty, Toasted Cheese, and Alfie Dog Fiction. Her debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a number one Kindle bestseller. The stand-alone prequel, Secrets in the Sky, was reviewed by Publishers Weekly as 'an enticing read'. Sweet Pursuits is the third book in the collection.
Sweet Pursuitsby Pauline Wiles
After six blissful years with scientist boyfriend Owen, Bella Beecham was convinced he was about to pop the question she'd been longing to hear. Instead, he accepted a prestigious job in California and left England without a backwards glance. Now, Owen's back in the village of Saffron Sweeting, and appears to be/b>
What's the recipe for a second chance at love?
After six blissful years with scientist boyfriend Owen, Bella Beecham was convinced he was about to pop the question she'd been longing to hear. Instead, he accepted a prestigious job in California and left England without a backwards glance. Now, Owen's back in the village of Saffron Sweeting, and appears to be more eligible than ever. Bella's determined that the man of her dreams won't slip through her fingers again.
But her plans to tone up, trim down, and tempt Owen back into her life prove bittersweet. Although Bella's talent for baking wins her new friends, her tasty treats have a disconcerting tendency to sabotage her own intentions. And as her increasingly bold attempts to recapture Owen's heart stumble, Bella must question whether she's chasing a guy who wants to be caught.
A British romantic comedy featuring both familiar characters and fresh faces, Sweet Pursuits explores how a young woman seeking her soulmate must first learn to love herself.
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In Sweet Pursuits, the third book in the Saffron Sweeting Novel Series, author Pauline Wiles weaves a delightful tale written in the first person narrative of one woman's journey of self-discovery while trying to find her soulmate. The reader is transported to the village of Saffron Sweeting in Great Britain, where they follow Bella Beecham as she attempts to win back the heart of her ex-boyfriend Owen Rigby, a genetic scientist who is returning to Saffron Sweeting after five years of living abroad in Berkeley, California. This entertaining British Romantic Comedy tale has a wonderful mixture of humor, charm, sass and romance. Bella's story draws the reader in as she attempts a self-makeover in order to recapture the heart of her ex-boyfriend Owen, and as she encounters and overcomes crazy trials and tribulations along the way, Bella ultimately discovers her true self. Bella has a sassy sense of humor and independence that is admirable, and you just can't help but cheer her on as she learns to love herself, and discovers that she doesn't have to change who she is just to find true love. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I loved the portrayal of life in the quaint English village of Saffron Sweeting. The village's quirky inhabitants and Bella's close family and friends are colorful and provided a lot of laugh-out-loud moments.The author provides her readers with a story full of witty British phrases and mouth watering treats that makes you want to visit the village of Saffron Sweeting. Sweet Pursuits is a lighthearted, witty, fun and thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy that will leave a smile on your face. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Bella and Owen were together for six years, until Owen upped and left for a new job in the USA, leaving Bella behind nursing a broken heart. Five years later Bella hears the news that Owen is returning back to the UK, and to Saffron Sweeting, her home town. She is still madly in love with him and will do anything to win his heart back. Including, new clothes, dramatic haircut, and trying to get herself a new body. After five years will Owen still be the same person she initially fell in love with, and deep down does Bella really want him back? Sweet Pursuits is an adorable, chick-lit book. It has superb characters, that are exceptionally realistic, and you can visualise the plot playing out in real life. There is lots of humour throughout. My best scene came via the protagonist Bella and her attempt at Cross-fit, including daisy knickers mishap, and John Wayne legs! Although Bella is the main character, there is an abundance of secondary characters, all without whom the book wouldn’t of been anywhere near as funny. There is also some eye candy via the likes of Leo and Tom. If you are after a light-hearted book, that has an amazing storyline. One that will entirely immerse you into the lives of the characters, as well as gives you lots of giggles, then this book is for you.
Favorite Quotes: At the behest of French Women Don’t Get Fat, I embarked on thirty-six hours of cleansing, where my only food was a thin leek soup. In between slurps, I purged my half of the fridge of anything which might lead me astray. I bid farewell to a pot of clotted cream, plus some leftover blackberry crumble. But I did eat the chocolate mousse I’d made on Thursday: that was too good to waste and surely didn’t undermine the magical properties of the leek soup. My bravado wavers when we arrive at Morgan’s fancy gym in Chesterton, an echoing cavern which reeks of willpower and fresh sweat. It triggers unwelcome flashbacks to my pudgy schooldays and weekly humiliation in what was then called PE. I probably look fiendish: hair like a scarecrow, face creased and smudged. Maybe I shouldn’t open the door after all… Leo takes half a step back. I glimpse myself in the hall mirror and see why: mismatched pyjamas, beehive hair, one set of false eyelashes in place, the other stuck to my cheek… He takes a good look at me before speaking. ‘Are you ill?’ ‘Yes,’ I say. ‘Alcohol poisoning.’ My Review: Sweet Pursuits was a delightful and highly amusing treat. I adored the clever and playful humor, crisp and witty writing style, and quirky and lovable characters. Written from a first person POV, the writing was captivating, observant, clever, comically annotated, and unfailingly entertaining. I cherished being in Bella’s head as we seemed to share the same inner dialogues, weaknesses, and struggles with body image and dieting; as well as the guilt, dread, and painful reaction to strenuous exercise. The comical depiction of Bella’s disastrous session of CrossFit had me smirking and giggle-snorting. And there are few among us that haven’t been similarly besotted and blind to an attractive partner’s failings at some time in our lives. Pauline Wiles obviously has magic in her toolbox as her playful words depicted and effortlessly conjured complete and engaging scenes that flickered through my gray matter. Even Bella’s misery was comical. This was my first chance to enjoy reading Ms. Wile’s sparkling humor and talented scribblings, but I plan to follow her future efforts like an afternoon shadow.