Abigail Kemp has a difficult decision to make; either to lose her bakery or to find a husband, who can be a put his name in the bakery’s deed. Abigale is furious with the old-fashioned laws that forbid a woman to run a business on her own. The small town lacks a variety of eligible bachelors and leaves her with only three candidates. Zacharias Hamilton seems the best pick; close to her by age, hard worker, reasonable… He’s a loner, but Abigail thinks it’s for the best, they can both mind their businesses and not get too attached. Keeping their relationship strictly professional. To her surprise, Zach accepts her proposition. Abby never expected marriage of convenience to grow into a much deeper connection. Both Zach and Abby learn more about each other’s pasts and realize they have a lot in common.
Choosing a husband was much like choosing a good baguette. One looked for a strong outer shell, a tender interior, and most importantly, a tractability of dough to hold whatever shape the baker deemed appropriate. Abigail needed a good baguette by the end of the week.
I adore Karen Witemeyer’s novels. They have the right amount of coziness and comfort that I need after a long day at work and other everyday struggles. And I’m not disappointed with this one. I love this novel! First of all, I adore the main characters. Abby and Zach are such a strong-willed, smart, and funny people to read about. I enjoyed their interaction with each other and how they support each other and stand against the community. Zach is a true gentleman, a man of honor, and a man of his word. Truly admirable character. I liked how to determinant Abby is about her bakery. They both learn a lot throughout the novel. I enjoyed watching their relationship progress and how they slowly learn to appreciate each other’s company and realize how they complete each other. I’m going to re-read this novel again when I need to relax and get encouraged. This novel is truly magical.
How had he managed to hitch himself to the one woman in all of creation who not only understood his past but stood ready to fight for his future? The miracle of it made his head spin. All he could do was thank God for antiquated laws and prejudiced council members.