Donna Kauffman’s “Cupcake Club” books are as sweet and addictive as the goodies the group bakes. In her newest, Honey Pie, Honey D’Amourvell has come to Sugarberry Island to set up shop in the building she inherited from her aunt. It’s the perfect opportunity for her to start a new life . . . only she finds the space already being used, leased to the much-loved owner of Babycakes, and she has no idea what she is going to do. With the help of the Cupcake Club, and massively sexy mechanic Dylan Ross, will Honey find a place to call home after all?
I absolutely could not put this book down. I loved Dylan and Honey – they are both, for different reasons, loners. Dylan had a very difficult childhood, one that was very much the topic of gossip, so he prefers to live a very quiet, solitary life on the fringes of society. He keeps to himself and lives a decent life, helping where he can but hoping mostly to be left in peace. Honey has what her aunt called a gift but which she sees as a curse – when she touches someone she sometimes sees things that have happen or will happen in that person’s life, most often traumatic and extremely emotional things. So she avoids people to try to keep from getting these visions, but that has left her very lonely and she is hoping that she can change that on Sugarberry. When Dylan, a natural fixer, finds out about Honey’s troubles he wants nothing more than to help, putting the two on a course that will change their lives forever.
One of the best things about this series is that each book can stand on its own. Returning readers will love the chance to catch up with everyone while first time readers will enjoy Honey Pie just as much. Kauffman does a fantastic job of bringing to life people that you would love to call friends and her world is so richly crafted that I want to jump on a plane to go for a visit. The characters are charming and quirky but so loving and accepting. One of them states that living on the island is like living in a giant group hug and that extends to the reader as well. I always feel right at home as soon as I read the first word in a “Cupcake Club” story.
Honey Pie is a feel-good, sigh-worthy, laugh-out-loud, gooey confection of a romance that will make your summer that much sweeter.