Wedding Tiers by Trisha Ashley
My rating: Contemporary Romance
Josie, the heroine of Wedding Tiers has a talent with sugarcraft and is enjoying well-deserved success with her wedding cake business. At the start of the book she's also living comfortably with her childhood sweetheart, although it's obvious to everyone except her that there's something out of balance in their relationship.
Unfortunately, I found Josie's character and actions hard to believe in places. She goes from naively optimistic to (supposedly) hardened cynic, and back again, in the course of a few months. I just wasn't convinced by her decisions; the book focused too heavily on the set-up and Josie's collapsing relationship with Ben, and didn't spend enough time building her new relationship with Noah. She also thinks she's unattractive, and then suddenly has men throwing themselves at her the moment she's single, which didn't seem entirely plausible.
However, this has a number of the aspects I've come to enjoy in Trisha Ashley's novels: a small Lancashire village, a project to restore a somewhat dilapidated country house (although unusually this time it doesn't belong to the heroine or her love interest), and characters who enjoy gardening and creative careers. The elderly inhabitants of the village were great fun characters, and Noah was a charming suitor - I just would have liked to see more of him.