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Sugar & Spice by Sarah Sanders

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The Startling Inaccuracy of the First Impression by A.E. Radley

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The title of the book had us believing that this is a Sapphic retelling of Pride and Prejudice in a contemporary context. We were only half correct – it is a contemporary romance, but there is nothing of the beloved classic in it.

At fifty-one, Verity Forsyth has taken an early retirement from her work as a wealth manager. With enough money, she is a lady of leisure, trying out various hobbies and pitching in as a babysitter to her grand-nephew. Katie Ross is firmly entrenched in the gig economy. She is a freelance content writer and also a food delivery courier. Moving away from a toxic relationship, Katie rents the downstairs apartment in the Victorian house where Verity lives. Coming from two opposite ends of lifestyle and background, Verity and Katie exchange words whenever they run into each other. However, when Katie is stabbed in a mugging incident involving her bike, Verity is the only person who knows Katie that the police can reach. Under the posh, painstakingly fastidious façade, Verity is a kind soul and takes responsibility for her injured neighbour, despite their earlier differences.

We absolutely loved the way the relationship between the two ladies developed. There is nothing hurried about relationship that develops perfectly organically. There is definite attraction but not fire between the two and yet the growing feelings between them are so evident. Radley creates two people with self-esteem issues. Self-esteem and self-worth issues are surprisingly common maladies with a plethora of symptoms, behavioural characteristics and layers. Sadly, they are mostly overlooked, unacknowledged and unaddressed. We applaud the author for writing Verity and Katie with different forms of these issues and the different ways in which they manifest in the two of them. Recognising the trait in the other and acknowledging it in a gentle, loving way makes the relationship between them special and convinces us that these two are indeed going to be happy together.

This is a lovely easy to read romance.      

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