Jennifer Faye serves up a sweet Autumn treat with this contemporary romance. Piper is a solid heroine with an overbearing mother and a need to succeed while still pleasing everyone. Joe is a man who has been burned one too many times and does not live by impulses and it was wonderful witnessing the sparks between these two. I enjoyed watching them compromise as their friendship grew stronger. I did have a few issues with Piper and her thoughts about her weight. She jumped from being tired, cranky and hungry from depriving herself and in the next instance she said her new diet and exercise routine had given her loads more energy which was just not consistent and really perturbed me. I loved how both of these characters each had flaws and that they seemed to have so many misunderstandings as it was realistic in just how easily misunderstandings can occur. I loved the setting of this story and look forward to making a return visit as the characters were all intriguing and I'd love to know their stories in more detail. Overall this was an enjoyable read that left me feeling good about the faith of romance and happily-ever-afters.
Piper Noble has big plans to expand her business and prove to everyone in her small hometown that she's happy despite her humiliating breakup. But her plans are foiled when Joe Montoya returns home and buys the store next door to start his own coffee shop. Even though they both want different things they end up co-chairing a committee to revitalize their downtown and while they learn to compromise their friendship grows.
Welcome to Autumn Fest...sweet treats, entertaining company, and a tender romance.
Piper Noble feels like she's going places. Her business, the Poppin' Fresh Bakery, is a culinary success story. Next on her to-do list is expanding the bakery into the vacant shop next door...and starting a new diet, like her mom keeps nagging her to. But when Joe Montoya steps into her life, her grand plans grind to a sudden halt.
Joe's taken a big risk returning to Whistle Stop. But with his disastrous marriage over, it's time for a fresh start, including opening a coffee shop...and coming to terms with his troubled past. Though his neighbor Piper looks like she'll be a big distraction in getting Fill-It-Up Joe off the ground--with her honeyed smile, curvy goodness, and her unflagging determination to grab his storefront.
However, when Piper and Joe are elected as co-chairs of a fundraising committee to help the town's revitalization project, the hostilities must cease. Joe's not sure about spending time with a woman who, one moment, reminds him of all the good things he's been missing, and the next minute drives him up a wall with her stubbornness. Meanwhile, Piper's looking for the way to this gorgeous but grouchy guy's heart--maybe serving him one of her fresh-from-the-oven pastries could be just the right start...