Magical and Multifaceted

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Thanks to BookishFirst and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I’d like to say that this book was magical. It was multifaceted with everything that Lari and Pedro go through and face together. Exploring grief, what created their families feud, and of course food! This may be Rebecca Carvalho’s debut novel, but her level of talent is clear. Puts her in my top five for the year!

Carvalho sets the stage with bakeries, doing a great job with descriptions and scenery. She starts off with an emotional bang has we immediately see Lari’s grief over her grandmothers passing. Throughout the book, I teared up over her grief for her grandmother and the father she didn’t know. On the other hand, I also laughed several times at the antics Lari got herself into.

This book is a great mix of tension between their families mixed with humor and the sweetness of first love. I consistently found myself cheering both of them on and I was always wondering what would happen next. Major points for keeping my attention which does not always happen.

Lastly, I love that it explored difficult and strained relationships with parents (and grandparents!) Carvalho does a fantastic job mixing the desire to make a parent proud, but also wanting to make your own way.

I would most definitely recommend this book and read it again!