Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Cupcakes & Crumbs by Melissa McClone

Posted November 20, 2020 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, Melissa McClone / 24 Comments

Cupcakes & Crumbs, On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Berry Lake Cupcake Posse #1
GENRE: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Cardinal Press, LLC
RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2020
PAGES: 237

After life takes five women on different paths, a death brings them home. But friendship might not be enough to keep them together.

When Bria Landon and her estranged father each inherit fifty percent of a small-town cupcake shop, her dad hires her worst enemy, and first love, to turn the place into a soulless franchise…or sell it.

To save her aunt’s legacy, Bria needs the help of people who love the bakery as much as she does—her old friends who worked there fifteen years ago. Except each woman is dealing with her own problem:

Juliet, who’s trying to prove she’s more than a trophy wife; Missy, a widow who fears losing the job she loves; Nell, whose meddling mother won’t stop playing matchmaker; and Selena, a life coach who excels at fixing everyone else’s lives…but hasn’t a clue what’s missing in her own.

Each woman wants to believe their friendship can overcome anything. But as the Berry Lake Cupcake Posse reunite to save their beloved cupcake shop, they soon discover the undertaking will bring more trouble than they expected.


It’s been a while since I got to read a Melissa McClone novel, but I always enjoy her books. Cupcakes & Crumbs is no exception. Right away, I was fully engaged with the five friends and their stories, their renewed friendship, and the cupcake shop that brought them together in the first place, so many summers ago.

Each of the five main characters are layered and intriguing – drawing you in to their story and their struggles… and their relationships. Because the author’s writing style is so warm and inviting, the angsty stuff doesn’t feel oppressive or heavy. Instead, you have a quick, light read that deals with some serious things in a way that lifts your spirits without glossing over them. I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in February to see where they all go from here.

Bottom Line: Cupcakes & Crumbs is a well-written novel that fills you with all the feels. A dash of romance, mystery, and small town charm round out the conflict that leaves none of the friends untouched. Readers become emotionally invested in these main characters, and I’m very glad to see that this is the beginning of a series because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye yet. Especially with how things ended (for now) with each of the main characters. McClone’s writing voice is smooth and relatable, making this a quick and engaging read, and longtime fans of the author will enjoy brief cameos from other sweet romances she’s written. A great pick for fans of Lindsay Harrel or Ruth Logan Herne!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa McClone writes heartwarming women’s fiction and sweet contemporary romance novels for Cardinal Press, Tule Publishing Group, and Harlequin Books. When she’s not writing relatable characters and sigh-worthy happy endings, she spends rainy Pacific Northwest reading from her Kindle’s ever-growing TBR, napping, and decorating her Happy Planner. Melissa lives in Washington state with her husband, three children, a Norwegian Elkhound, and three cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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A Cupcakes & Crumbs Prize Pack, which includes:
A $10 Amazon gift card, cupcake makeup bag set, cupcake charm, cupcake socks, set of magnetic clips, lip gloss, key chain, sticker, swag pack, and bookmark (US only)

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24 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Cupcakes & Crumbs by Melissa McClone

  1. MS Barb

    Why would a father hire a young woman’s worst enemy to sabotage her dreams!? ugh. I need answers! I need to read the book!

  2. Lynn Brown

    Very cute cover. I love women’s fiction. I like that it is a series. Thanks for the chance. The blurb sounds good.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Cupcakes & Crumbs” by Melissa McClone.

    Love this author’s books! Fabulous storyline and wonderful cover have this one most definitely on my TBR list. I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  4. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb. I like it when friends come together to help one of their own. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

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