Gretchen Zabrinski has moved to Marietta, Montana after getting some devastating news from her doctor. When offered the chance to go on what seems like it will be the perfect date with Daniel Andrews at the Big Sky Mavericks Masked Ball on New Year’s Eve she feels it’s her night to feel like Cinderella and enjoy herself, that is until she overhears Daniel and runs from the party knowing she isn’t what he wants.
A few months later while attending a speed dating even at Marietta’s Copper Mountain Chocolate shop Gretchen and Daniel find their paths crossing again. Daniel is curious as to why Gretchen left him that night but she’s not quite ready to let him in on her diagnosis but keeping Daniel at arm’s length get tougher when he’s hired to open a new division at her PR firm and as fate would have it the two find themselves working together for a charity event.
Sweet Summer’s Kiss is the tenth book in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series. Each of the books in the series tie the characters in some way to the quaint little town of Marietta, Montana and it’s Copper Mountain Chocolate shop. The stories all feature different couples coming together after their encounters with the shop so each can be read as a standalone novel but there are always little updates and inclusions of previous characters for those that have followed the entire series.
This installment of the series is one that will tug on a reader’s heartstrings as Gretchen is dealing with a huge blow from her diagnosis and trying to figure out how to live with the news and what it means for her future. I really enjoyed Gretchen and Daniel and reading their story as it developed along with revisiting some of the previous Marietta residents. Definitely a sweet romance again that will have you falling in love with the quaint town and it’s residents.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.