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Sweet Nothings
by Janis Thomas
Order:  USA  Can
Berkley, 2013 (2013)
Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Forty-four year old Ruby McMillan has a good life. She's a baker with her own business, the Muffin Top (though it's not doing so well lately), and has a husband (whom she regards as shortbread) and two teenagers she loves - Kevin ('a white-chocolate-macadamia-nut cookie') and Colleen ('a seven-layer-dream-bar kind of girl').

As the story opens, hubby Walter has a mid-life crisis and tells Ruby that he's leaving her, not for a twenty something bimbo, but for forty something Cheryl in Accounting. Not only that, he shares his news with the whole world on Facebook (making Ruby a pariah to their friends) - and he cleans out their savings and leaves her with a mortgage in arrears as he files for bankruptcy!

After a few days of utter despair, Ruby gets up and starts to reinvent herself - with a little help from her makeover queen daughter Colleen and her flamboyant best friend Izzy. And 'rational and practical and pragmatic' Ruby finds herself seeing fireworks whenever she encounters handsome mortgage broker, Jacob Salt (whose wife just left him for another woman).

There are the usual romantic mishaps and misunderstandings along the way, while Ruby rebuilds her business and finds new depths in herself. And when Walter finally sees the light and returns to her, who will she choose? You'll have to read Sweet Nothings to find out. It's fluffy and fun and will make you salivate throughout.

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