(The Bakery Romance Series #1)
- Raspberry Kisses
Facing eviction, Rhea Morrison, a young grieving widow, must save her failing bakery. Her recently-injured twin sister, Raven, loans her money – stipulating Rhea attend a singles retreat to spy on Martin Lane, Raven’s new love interest. Disgruntled, Rhea attends the retreat and is attracted to Martin. She discovers that Martin can help save her bakery.
Pastor Martin laments over his secret, traumatic past mistakes. He’s destined to lead his father’s church, despite blatant rejection. He can’t love Rhea - he’s yet to forgive himself for his past, and if Rhea knew how he used to be, she would have no interest in pursuing a relationship with him. In spite of their shared attraction, he helps Rhea form a plan to save her business. Martin, a former successful bakery owner, can expertly create delicious pastry recipes.
Rhea feels torn about her attraction to Martin – he’s a pastor, and after her husband’s death, she vowed to never get involved with another pastor. Plus, her twin sister, Raven, has strong feelings for Martin. Can Rhea let herself have romantic feelings for Martin – knowing it would hurt her sister?
Can Martin and Rhea overcome their past so that they’re free to love again?
Very sweet romance by Cecilia Dowdy! I loved how they solved any conflict by taking it to the Lord in prayer. I can see very strong bonds, especially between Rhea & Raven (twin sisters) . They have their share of squabbles, as all siblings do, but you can see how much they love one another in spite off all life has to throw their way! Martin is sure a keeper...loving, strong, respectful & just a super nice Godly man. And he's training to be a pastor to boot! I love how the romance slowly builds between the two, especially as he helps Rhea revamp her bakery. Her final name for her cupcakes & the reason she named them as she did, was super sweet! You'll have to read for yourself. You won't be disappointed with this book if you are looking for a light, sweet romance based on biblical principles!