Book Babble Review Blog- South Beach Love by Caridad Piñeiro
Do you love Hallmark?
Do you love cooking?
Then this book is a perfect fit for you. Not only does it have the classic Hallmark elements and cooking, but also adds the cultural aspect of a Quinceanera. I loved the way this story unfolded and gave me all the things I would expect from a book with the Hallmark stamp on it.
Two chefs are catering the fifteenth birthday parties of two girls who are definitely not friends. Only one of the celebrations will be chosen to be featured in the local paper. And both chefs have something to prove.Tony Sanchez, the established executive chef of a New York restaurant, is on a long-overdue visit home to Miami. He’s committed to making the celebration the best it can be—for the sake of his niece, the rest of his family, and his reputation.Sara Kelly hadn’t known much about quinceañeras before she agreed to cater one for her niece. It’s a chance to both help her family and to promote her brand-new restaurant in Miami. From her Cuban sister-in-law, Sara learns about quince traditions, appreciating the meaning behind them. When Tony was growing up, Sara was his best friend’s little sister; now, he sees her in a very different light. But his last relationship with another chef ended in disaster…and Sara knows that, once the parties are over, he’ll be gone. Can either of them entertain the idea of a new romance?
This was such a wholesome story and I loved every minute of it. There were so many cute moments and not just between the two main characters. While the story did focus mostly on Sara & Tony, you also got information about the other characters, which makes me hope she continues with the other members of the family in future books. Being someone who loves cooking I loved reading about not only the recipes but the feeling that they get when they are cooking. I am a firm believer in that cooking especially family recipes can be so fulfilling and I got that same feeling when reading about it. They both love cooking with a passion and that passion shows. The events of this story unfold around a quinceanera and the two girls (nieces) of the two main characters. We also got points of the story told from them which really did help make the story. The two girls had struggles of their own but much like Sara & Tony, they grew and united the families.
I will admit that I was not fully expecting to like this story as much as I did. I thought it would be a cheesy romance but it became some much more than that. This story is so cute and I want more like it from the author.
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