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Sweet Review of CUPCAKES AND CRUMBS by Melissa McClone

Life took them on different paths. A death brings them home. And friendship will keep them together.
When Bria Landon and her estranged father each inherit fifty percent of a small-town cupcake shop, her dad brings in her worst enemy, an ex-boyfriend, to turn the place into a soulless franchise…or sell it. To save her aunt’s legacy, Bria needs the help of people who love the bakery as much as she does—her old friends who worked there fifteen years ago. But they have their own problems.
Juliet fears her marriage is about to crumble. She’s in panic mode, trying to prove she’s more than a trophy wife.
When Missy’s husband died, working at the cupcake shop saved her. Now, she might lose the job she loves.
Despite Nell’s insistence she’s happy being single, her meddling mom won’t stop playing matchmaker.
And life coach Selena is tired of fixing everyone else’s problems without a clue how to fix her own.
As the Berry Lake Cupcake Posse reunite to save their beloved cupcake shop, they’ll discover the power of friendship, the importance of love, and maybe even the recipe for happily ever after...

Cupcakes & Crumbs (Berry Lake Cupcake Posse, 1) by Melissa McClone
Series: Berry Lake Cupcake Posse #1
on November 17, 2020

Genres: 1 Flame- Sweet Hallmark-ish, Women's Fiction

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I received a complimentary ARC from Author in exchange for an honest review.



Eileen's Thoughts

Cupcakes and Crumbs is an emotional, tug at your heart strings, sweet women’s fiction story by Melissa McClone, book one in her Berry Lake Cupcake Posse. This is a story about friends who lost touch over the years, but reunite and realize they are stronger together than apart.


After the death of the aunt, who helped raise her, Bria Landon learns that she only inherited fifty percent of her aunt’s small-town cupcake shop; the other half going to her estranged father. Not only that, her dad hires her worst enemy, her first love, to turn the beloved place into a soulless franchise or to sell it and have it torn down. In order to save her aunt’s legacy, Bria turns to her old friends, a group of women who all worked there fifteen years ago. The only problem is that each woman is at a different place in their lives. Missy, a young widow who fears losing the job she loves; Juliet is trying to prove she’s more than a trophy wife; Nell, an ER nurse, who’s meddling mother won’t stop playing matchmaker; and Selena, a life coach who strives at fixing everyone else’s lives but has no clue what is missing in hers. As the Berry Lake Cupcake Posse work to keep the cupcake baking, they start encountering more trouble than they ever expected.


Ms. McClone wrote a wonderful, heartwarming, and moving story that is not to be missed. I loved the connections these characters made with each other and how compassionate they feel about the cupcake shop. I highly recommend Cupcakes and Crumbs to other reader.  Note: this story ends in a cliffhanger(s) and will be completed in book two.



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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.


About Melissa McClone

USA Today Bestselling author Melissa McClone has written over forty-five novels. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, she worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, a spoiled Norwegian Elkhound, and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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