Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Much Ado About a Latte by Kathleen Fuller {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

A coffee war is brewing in Maple Falls, where Anita and Tanner are serving up plenty of sparks to keep the town buzzing.

Anita Bedford needs to face reality. It’s time to decaffeinate the dream that she and Tanner will ever be more than friends. Growing up in small-town Maple Falls, she’s had a crush on Tanner for years. But he’ll only ever see her as good, old, dependable Anita. Now she’s finally ready to make her own goals a reality. In fact, that deserted building next door to Sunshine Diner looks like a promising location to open her own cafĂ© . . .

Tanner Castillo may know how to operate a diner, but he doesn’t know beans about love. After pouring his life savings into buying the Sunshine Diner, he needs to keep his mind on making a success of it and supporting his widowed mother, not on kissing Anita Bedford. First order of business: improve his customers’ coffee experience. Next, he should probably find out who bought the building next door . . .

It’s a bitter cup to swallow when ambition turns longtime friends and coworkers Anita and Tanner into rivals. Now that they own competing businesses, how could they ever compete for each other’s hearts? Or will the two of them come to see what’s obvious to the whole, quirky town of Maple Falls: potential for a full-roast romance, with an extra splash of dream?

Welcome to Maple Falls, where everyone knows your name, your coffee order, and your relationship status.

With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the USA TODAY bestselling author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com; Instagram: @kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: @WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.

Much Ado About A Latte is the second book in the Maple Falls series. While those of us who had read the first book will certainly see some familiar characters and are sure to enjoy returning to the charming small town of Maple Falls, I do believe that those who have not read the previous book can enjoy this as a standalone as well. 

Right from the start, I was drawn into the chemistry between Anita and Tanner. Theirs was definitely a chemistry that leapt right off the page and was quite apparent to everyone... except them that was. That can make for quite the interesting, albeit at times a little frustrating romance read! I really enjoyed their characters and felt they were both really well written and enjoyable. I did expect their to be more of a competition aspect between their businesses based on the description, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I really look forward to seeing what comes next for these two in future books in the Maple Falls series. If you enjoy a good small town romance, this is certainly one to add to your list! 



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