My Review / Thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading this book. I think that at the beginning it moved a little slow, but it was interesting enough I wanted to know what happened. When Sadie and Pete travel to San Francisco to go through the boxes that were Saides estranged sisters life, the book got really interesting. I love mystery books. I love trying to figure out who the bad guy is before it is revealed. I cannot say I did that in this one. Which, means (to me) that the author did a great job of hiding the "criminals". It was fantastic.
When Sadies sister Wendy ends up dead things are a little sketchy. I thought the story between Sadie and her sister was so sad. Wendy was messed up. Really messed up. Sadie was the sister with her head on her shoulders. When Sadie is forced to go through Wendy's things at the request of Wendy's son Ji, the story really begins to come to life.
There are a lot of twits and turns in this book, which made it exciting for me to read. We learn that Ji suffered horribly at the hands of his neglectful mother. He was a little bitter when Sadie showed up, and I don't blame him. His life had sucked living with an emotionally unstable mother for way too long. He was bitter at the fact that Sadie and his grandparents didn't do more to help him. It really turns out to be a fascinating story. When it all comes together I was like "how did I not see that coming"? Having said that I don't think I would have seen the ending. It still is surprising to me. Which is awesome.
Sadie and Pete have such a sweet, complicated relationship. Pete is such a great character. You cannot help but love him, and feel sorry for him. Sadie is also a great character. She is a strong, complicated woman. She is torn between finding the truth behind her sisters death, and dealing with the feelings Pete is having for his dead wife.
This is a great mystery/love story. If you like that kind of thing, pick this book up, and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did. The book has a few recipes in it and I think I am going to have to try. Although I think they are over my head..hehehe. I am not a good cook, but the things they had in the book made my tummy growl a few times just thinking about them. A book, and food. What an awesome combination.
In San Francisco we are introduced to more characters, and each one comes with a story. I love how it all comes together. I love it when there are a lot of characters in a book and the process of connecting them becomes just as interesting as the story. Or, when the connections come to light and you have that "AH HA" moment. I love that. This was such a fun read.
Source: I was given this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for the review, and these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Author Josi S. Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.