Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding (Coda Books, #5.5; Strawberries for Dessert, #2) by Marie Sexton

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding (Coda Books, #5.5; Strawberries for Dessert, #2)Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding by Marie Sexton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazingly heartbreaking, heart wrenching, sweet, ridiculous, hilarious and romantic. A beautiful story that is the perfect sequel to a perfect story.

The long-awaited sequel to Strawberries for Dessert.

Families should grow, not shrink. It’s been on Jon Kechter’s mind since before he tied the knot with his millionaire lover, Cole Fenton. Now hoping to adopt, Jon and Cole search for a mother-to-be willing to let them love her baby, but the interminable wait is wearing on them both.

Jon is close to his father, George, but until Cole, he didn’t have anyone else. Now George is pushing Cole to reconcile with his estranged mother. When the three of them spend Christmas with her in Munich, the results are disastrous. Jon and Cole resolve to stay positive, but no hope exists without a tinge of fear. Jon and Cole can’t help but wonder if their dream of being parents just wasn’t meant to be.

I had never read any of the Coda books in these series until Strawberries for Dessert earlier today and I just now finished this one.

The author has successfully continued where we were left off in that first book, the fourth in the series by the way, and this was just something that took me by surprise.

Well, not really, I already saw the talent of the author in Strawberries so I was quite amazed really that it had taken about 3 years for this sequel to be published.

This was just an amazing story. I rated this a 5 not as a single book but together with Strawberries as these really deserve it. I must say that this was not perfect in any way, but the story was perfect.

If there is one thing that I have to complain about, it is the change of POV in Part Two: Interlude In Munich. For me, critique that I am, it was a surprise to have the POV change suddenly like that and it took me to the third page of the chapter to realize that the POV had changed. The only thing I can say is that the author or publisher could have given the readers a little warning on this sudden change. Like a name of the character's POV beneath the chapter heading. Oh well, once I realized the change, I simply shifted gears for a bit and read on. Not to spoil anything, but that Part Two was a beautiful short story by itself. Just saying!

To sum it all up: it was hilarious, romantic, tragic, heart wrenching, heart warming, and all other adjectives I cannot think of right away, story that just captured my imagination and my heart. In short: it was simply beautiful.

A highly anticipated and beautiful story, Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding is a Must Read! and it does not matter if you have not read the rest of the series. Just make sure to read Strawberries first to get the feel of these two characters.

P.S. Readers! Read the story to get the story behind the title.

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