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Blog Tour – ‘Petit Four’


Last month I took part in a book launch for ‘Petit Four’.  Click on the link below to be taken to my blog post.


I have since read ‘Petit Four’ and as part of a blog tour I am now reviewing it.

‘Petit Four’ has been edited by Lucie Simone who has also written the introduction.  I think it’s wonderful how this anthology was created simply by Sue Watson suggesting to Lucie that they write a book about cake.  ‘Petit Four’ consists of four lovely romantic short stories.


Après Vous’ by Lucie Simone

Tara takes her niece on holiday to Paris for two weeks as a graduation present.  But little is she prepared for events there.

In this story two people rekindle their love 32 years later.  I really enjoyed reading ‘Après Vous’.  The descriptions of the Eiffel Tower were wonderful.  Cake played a big part.


‘Cake Therapy’ by Cindy Arora

Olivia Cisneros starts working at SF Bridge News as a staff reporter with Tammy Kovac is her mentor.  Tammy is shocked to find that Olivia doesn’t eat cake and takes the necessary action to change her mind.  They soon become the best of friends.

Seven years later and lots has happened in Olivia’s life.  To top it all Tammy gets a new job which means a new colleague for Olivia to get used to.

I liked how Olivia’s friends and even her little girl all rallied together to get her out of the rut she was stuck in.


‘The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam’ by Sue Watson

Milly works as a waitress at the Victoriana Tea Rooms.  She loves baking and dreams of owning her own café.  For Milly cakes play a big part in her life, conjuring up various memories.  Capable of producing some wonderful creations Milly is constantly put down by her boss.  However, things are about to change.  It looks like the tea rooms are about to be taken over.  But what of Milly’s job?

This was a wonderful and often funny story.  The descriptions of the cakes were absolutely heavenly and made me salivate.  I would so love to eat rose-scented cakes and champagne cupcakes.  I was so happy when Mrs Jackson got her just desserts.


‘Her Charms’ by Joel Zlotnik

Scott is the Mayor of Ola Vista, a small and respectable town.  One day whilst in the park Scott meets a woman called Nicole who gives him a St Patrick’s Day cupcake containing a four-leaf clover charm.  He asks her out and they soon start dating.  Scott regularly finds cupcakes left by Nicole outside his front door with various charms and notes.

This story has been written from a man’s point of view which is a good idea as it is too easy to forget about how the male feels in romantic situations.  I think the whole cupcake thing was lovely.


I enjoyed reading all four stories.  They made me feel nice and relaxed and I felt at times as if I was sitting on a fluffy cloud somewhere.  My favourite story was ‘The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam’ by Sue Watson closely followed by ‘Après Vous’ by Lucie Simone.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

‘Milked’ by Lisa Doyle – Book Launch

Book Cover - Milked

‘Milked’ is Lisa Doyle’s debut novel.  Published by Simon and Fig, we are today celebrating it’s release.  Read on to learn more about this book.


Book Blurb

By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?

It’s with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town’s rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing – and loving – someone else’s child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there’s Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who’s obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?

A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, MILKED is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.


About Lisa Doyle


Lisa Doyle is a communications manager and freelance writer based in the Chicago area. A native of Hinsdale, Illinois and a graduate of Miami University, she spent several years editing business-to-business publications for the personal care industry before moving to the nonprofit sector, and currently works in advocacy for homeless families at Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has written for major beauty trade publications (Global Cosmetic Industry, Skin Inc, Salon Today, Modern Salon, Renew, Suburban Life) and is a contributor to WOMEN REINVENTED: TRUE STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE (LaChance Publishing, 2010).

Doyle is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary, Inc., a full-service agency based in New York.


For more about Lisa, please visit her website.

On twitter she’s @bylisadoyle.

On Facebook she’s at https://www.facebook.com/bylisadoyle.

For buy links, please go to www.simonandfig.com

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