Tuesday, January 10, 2023

#BookReview: Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho @cavalcar @InkyardPress

Synopsis: The grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakeries fall in love despite their families’ feud.

Trust neither thin-bottomed frying pans nor Molinas.

Lari Ramires has always known this to be true. In Olinda, Brazil, her family’s bakery, Salt, has been at war with the Molinas’ bakery across the street, Sugar, for generations. But Lari’s world turns upside down when her beloved grandmother passes away. On top of that, a big supermarket chain has moved to town, forcing many of the small businesses to close.

Determined to protect her home, Lari does the unthinkable—she works together with Pedro Molina to save both of their bakeries. Lari realizes she might not know Pedro as well as she thought—and she maybe even likes what she learns—but the question remains: Can a Ramires and a Molina truly trust one another?


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: A great little story about for, family, romance, and a breathtaking setting that you would wish you were there.  I loved the enemies to lovers and how the story opens and ends.  It was perfect for a quick read when you just want to escape your world. 

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen & YA Romance Book of the Year

"A spectacularly heartwarming story about food, family, and finding your person, with the kind of lush prose you wish you could sink your teeth into. Simply delicious." —Eric Smith, author of 
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Salt and Sugar has everything you want in a love story: enemies to lovers, generational feuds, a beautiful setting that will make you want to book a ticket to Brazil, amazing food, and a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance that will leave you swooning. Carvalho’s writing nourishes your soul while teasing your senses, and I can’t wait to read whatever comes next!" —Ashley Schumacher, author of Amelia Unabridged and Full Flight

"Full of heart, humor, and will, 
Salt and Sugar is about two determined, feisty, hilarious star-crossed teens working together to create something new, but baked with elements of tradition. I could not put this book down!" —Jennifer De Leon, author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

"A sweet, charming story that sets its perfectly seasoned enemy-to-lovers tale in the diverse region of northeastern Brazil...A delectable rom-com debut." —
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Carvalho employs theatrical prose, familiar plot beats, telenovela-feeling dialogue, and an ebullient protagonist to examine themes of gentrification, grief, familial obligation, and rich entitlement, making for a charming read." —
Publishers Weekly

"Multigenerational family dynamics, profound grief, and the timely struggle of small businesses to stay afloat against big-business encroachment make this debut a layered, delicious read." —

About the Author

Rebecca Carvalho is a Recifense writer based in Berkeley, California. She loves crafting stories filled with close-knit neighborhoods, Brazilian food, and telenovela-esque settings. When she is not writing, you can find her with her camera, gaming with her husband, or watching Star Trek for the hundredth time. Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in English from Lawrence University. Salt and Sugar is her debut novel, and it was inspired by her life in northeastern Brazil.

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