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Kiss the Bride    by Kristy Dykes & et al order for
Kiss the Bride
by Kristy Dykes
Order:  USA  Can
Barbour, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Four women meet at a conference for restaurant owners. All of them are single, but hopeful that someday they will find love. They purchase an apron that says Kiss the Cook and vow to pass it amongst the four of them to see if it might inspire them toward romance.

In Angel Food by Kristy Dykes, Angel Morgan comes to a small town to open her dream French restaurant. She meets fellow business owner Cyril Jackson and is attracted, but the two are direct opposites and rub each other the wrong way. Can they see eye to eye spiritually and emotionally? Aisha Ford's Just Desserts features Monica and Gil, whose parents once owned a thriving restaurant together. Unfortunately, a major feud has kept the families at a distance for many years, each opening their own restaurant. When Monica and Gil have to join forces in business, romantic sparks fly. Can they overcome their families' objections?

Vickie McDonough's A Recipe for Romance showcases Hailey, who has long been ashamed of her parents' restaurant, The Cowpoke Café. Due to health problems, her father must retire and they are giving the business to Hailey. She's excited to remodel and meets Scott, who is willing to help her with the work. Can their budding relationship survive a secret Scott is hiding? Finally, in Carrie Turansky's Tea for Two, Allison and her sister own a struggling tea shop. Allison is puzzled about her active love life, in which she must choose between two men vying for her heart. Peter wants to provide for her, and Tyler, Allison's old boyfriend, wants to show her that he has changed. Which should she choose?

These four stories are heartwarming and sweet romances. The faith message is strong, yet not preachy. The characters are interesting. Their connection through the conference begins and ends the story collection, providing a wonderful introduction and then tying everything together at the end. And fittingly - since all the stories feature restaurants and talk about foods, making the reader's stomach grumble - recipes are included. For a delicious and delightful romance collection, Kiss the Cook/Bride hits the spot.

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