cover image Love at the Icicle Café

Love at the Icicle Café

Denise N. Wheatley. Tule, $3.99 e-book (240p) ISBN 978-1-952560-77-4

High school sweethearts get a second-chance at love in this chaste, charming romance from Wheatley (Wards of the Women). Mina Richards is on the fast track to become a partner at her California law firm. But on the cusp of the promotion, her father injures his back and her parents have to cancel their plans to head to Gosberg, Germany, where their family establishment, the Icicle Cafe, is preparing for the annual Icicle Fest. They ask Mina to take their place, as it’s the last year the café will participate in the event before closing. Chef Scott Dawson, who Mina briefly dated in her teen years, has taken the café to new levels while managing it and is determined to save it from shuttering. He enlists Mina’s help to find an investor—and along the way learns that Mina has some impressive baking skills of her own. As the pair rekindle their romance, mouthwatering descriptions of desserts, cozy small-town closeness, and lively secondary characters add excitement. This affecting love story is a delight. (Dec.)