Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
Dana is confident in her job as a bakery manager, even while the bakery’s popularity takes a hit with the arrival of new competition in town. Dana’s boss hires Ethan, a gourmet chef, to give the bakery’s menu an upgrade, but Ethan and Dana don’t see eye to eye on how to move forward in Pride and Pumpernickel by author Aisha Ford.
My goodness! Has it really been about twenty years since the first time I read this ChristFic romance? It’s fun returning to modern reads where answering machines and pagers (and no cellphones) are the normal thing.
I’ve always gotten a kick out of this novel’s title, and I appreciate the nuance in the business problem the characters have to tackle. I like that this isn’t the kind of enemies-to-lovers romance where the hero and heroine behave like jerks to each other. The friction between Dana and Ethan isn’t overdone…
…until maybe a turning point of conflict based on a matter so trivial, I couldn’t take it too seriously. I also can’t fully buy into a guys-only scene where the guys are discussing Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, and Mr. Darcy. It’s like trying to picture a bunch of Black men at the barbershop on the corner…talking about Jane Austen. I just don’t see it.
Nevertheless, a lot of sweet ChristFic romance fans would find this to be a pretty quick and easy dessert of a read.
Dana is a relative of one of the characters in Stacy’s Wedding.