Lipstick on the Strawberry

Margaret Ann Spence
Lipstick on the Strawberry
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
July 2017
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Estranged from her English family, Camilla Fetherwell now lives in the United States and owns a successful catering business. Returning home for her father's funeral, she reunites with her first love, Billy, whom she hasn't seen since her father broke up their teenage romance. Billy seems eager to resume their love affair. But after one blissful night together, things take a turn.

Camilla suspects her father may have led a secret life, and when Billy reveals something he, too, has discovered, her apprehension grows. Billy holds her heart, but their relationship might be tainted by what her father hid. A reunion seems impossible.

Her life feels as splattered as her catering apron. As she watches her food stylist make a strawberry look luscious with a swipe of lipstick, Camilla wonders if a gloss has been put over a family secret? Can she and Billy survive what's underneath?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Dec 13, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
Camilla runs a catering company in Boston and returns home to England after the death of her father. Filled with regret over not visiting, she's helping her sister empty out his house to put it up for sale, while dealing with her own trials and tribulations (problems at work, potentially unrequited love, loss, regrets) in LIPSTICK ON THE STRAWBERRY by Margaret Ann Spence.

Likes: The seamless blending of food into the story. I've read other stories where authors incorporated the H/h passions/hobbies/jobs into the story but this one was incredibly well done. Everything from how the food looked to prep to set up and staff made me feel as if I was in the room as it was happening.

Dislikes: It's difficult to explain this without giving away a spoiler, but I will try. Also, I will add that this is entirely my opinion and others may feel differently about it. That said, as you've read from the summary, there's a bit of a mystery in the family that Camille is anxious to solve. While I can appreciate the drama and the suspense over what was happening, I kept asking myself why it was such a big deal. Camille's hysteria came across as too over the top and dated. I was under the assumption that the story took place around now, in which case, I've no idea why any of it was so scandalous to her.

Overall, this is a good story. It's well-written. The emotion and drama is expressed well and I found it to be a page-turner but at the same time, I found myself growing impatient and the happily ever after was cause for much relief. I did enjoy Ms. Spence's writing style and I'm interested in checking out some of her other work.
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