by R.E. Hargrave
Lacey Harrison has been dealt an unexpected hand in life: being a single mom. With her father's help and that of the residents at Royal Hills Nursing Home, she thrives and goes on to become a successful baker. She is content with her life but knows that she and her daughter Candy are missing something. Will things change for the better when Trent Childress moves into town and adds some spice to her sugar?
Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
Amazon/Audible rating: 3/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 10/10
In Patti's Imagination Rating narration: 6/10
Sugar & Spice is a novella written by R.E. Hargrave and narrated by David L. White. The author did an awesome job in writing about single mom, Lacey Harrison. Lacey had events happen in high school that could have re-wrote her life, but with the support of her father and the residents of the nursing home her father works at, Lacey was able to finish high school and open her own bakery all while raising her daughter, Candace. Even though for ten years she felt as if something was missing, she didn’t realize what that was until Trent Childress moves into town to be near his mother who is a resident of the nursing home.
The story moved at a steady pace with events, not to fast or slow. The relationship between Lacey and Trent felt natural and the supporting characters just added to the story. What I struggled with was the narration of the story. In my opinion the narrator did not do a great job in changing the sound of his voice between the different characters. Since the story is told in dual points of views there were many times that as a new chapter started it took several minutes to realize which point of view the story was being told in and that took away from listening to the story, as the flow was lost while trying to figure this out. For me, the narration just did not fit this short and sweet story many times.
Before I knew it, my kitchen had been taken over once again. Now I was standing next to a table decorated with bunnies and eggs decorated in bright colors, peddling our wares. Candy had run off, saying she wanted to find someone that, “I had to meet.” I was hoping she’d moved past the mysterious Coach C to someone closer to her own age.
“Enjoy, Steve,” I said, thanking Coach Rose’s husband for his purchase of two dozen honey carrot cookies. He stepped away, revealing my daughter, who had her hand latched onto the arm of my Valentine’s Day egg disaster: Trent.
“Lacey,” he murmured, his eyes meeting mine and igniting a tugging feeling inside of my stomach that crept lower the longer he looked at me.
“Hey, Trent,” I choked a bit on his name. “Gonna support the school again?” His spreading grin changed the tug to a full on twist and pull, and I lost my breath.
“Least I can do, seeing how they employ me and all,” he answered with a cheeky tone.
“Coach C?” I hazarded a guess, my nose scrunching up.
“Yes, ma’am. Nice to meet ya,” he extended his hand. “Your daughter is a delight to have in class,” he teased with a roll of his eyes. I laughed.
“I bet. I’m guessing you're aware of a certain crush?” I asked, leaning in so that gossipy ears could not overhear me, though our positioning itself was bound to start gossip.
He turned in toward me, his breath a warm whisper on my cheek as he replied, “Yes, I am, and I’m handling it by openly flirting with her mother.”
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Domestic engineer. Author. Burgeoning editor. And quite possibly certifiable. Believing every story can shine bright with a bit of tenacious tough love, R.E. Hargrave is thorough and to the point. An international bestselling author, she takes storytelling and manuscript polishing seriously, working with her authors and on her own creations to ensure they come to life, crawling from the pages and into the reader’s souls.
Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX and is married to her high school sweetheart; together they are raising three children. A native 'mutt,' she has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories—which range from the sweet to the paranormal, to the erotic and horrific—on location in South Carolina and Texas.