The only love Kally Andarakis is baking is in the form of the sweet treats she whips up in her café, The Coffee Klatch.
Kally never believed herself to be a person worthy of love, but when an intoxicating man she considered out of her league pursues her, she risks everything to be with him. Later, when tragedy strikes, truths are revealed that leave Kally brokenhearted and untrusting.
Eight years later, Kally is a successful pastry chef running the café she’d always dreamed of owning. With a home of her own, a profession she’s passionate about, and the support and love of friends and family, Kally is content with the life she has carved out for herself.
Until the day Max Vardaxis walks into her café…
With arguing parents, meddling relatives, an overly energetic grandmother, a man-crazy best friend, and the long ago, mysterious disappearance of a grandfather, this new man in town is just one more complication in Kally’s life, if not the main one.
Kally must now decide whether to keep her heart safe or to once again take a ‘whisk on love.’
Kally has been hurt before.
Max has a past.
Can the two of them mix everything together in the right way to bake the perfect romance?
Of course not, or the book would be about six chapters long! I do love romances where there’s a big miscommunication and they don’t talk for a while, mainly because its really good to get that happy ending, even if the characters do frustrate me! In this though, Effie has created two really likeable characters, that you genuinely root for.
Kally has a big Greek family, who all want different things for her, not necessarily what is best for her. Max has a rough past and his family believe that he’s ready to move on, he just wants to heal and keep his daughter safe.
Both characters are really well written and their backgrounds are different than the usual romance ones. I enjoyed all the characters, and thought that they all had their own place in the story. There was no annoying character or someone on the fringes, everyone had a role. Effie has created a fabulous community and it was like I knew everyone by the time I’d finished. I was quite sad to not be able to have a cup of tea and a cake with them.
I enjoyed all the recipes and the quotes at the top of some of the chapters, it was something I don’t see very often.
I am intrigued about the mystery of Kally’s grandfather, and hope I get to know more in the next books.