Review: Arborview by Karen Guzman


When the recipe for a new life is bittersweet…

Ellen Cahill’s financial future rides on the success of her new pastry shop. A bruising divorce has drained her bank account, along with her spirit. A man enters her life promising love, but Ellen, haunted by the past, questions whether she can pull off this new beginning.

College student Rosa Escamilla has her own culinary dreams—and a difficult mother who’s dead set against them. Rosa won’t be deterred. She scrapes up the money to enroll at a prestigious culinary school, setting out to prove everyone wrong.

When hidden betrayals by the people they love most surface for both Ellen and Rosa, can they overcome the blows they never saw coming on the road to where they want to go?

My opinion:

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Arborview by Karen Guzman is a fiction novel.

Ellen Cahill had recently gotten a divorce after twenty-two years of marriage. She had no job and she wasn’t ready to give up the house she loved so much. Ellen decided to teach at a school she used to go to when she was younger, River Bend. It was time for new beginnings
so instead of teaching English, she went for the pastry course. There she met Rosa Escamilla. A young girl whose dream was to study at the Seasons Culinary College and become a pastry chef herself. Both women had their own misfortunes and betrayals but nothing
was going to stop them from creating the life they had dreamed about.

It’s such a bittersweet and realistic novella. A wonderful story about two women who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives. Ellen’s part taught you about second chances and how to move forward. Also how to deal with betrayal from those you loved. Rosa’s side
of the story was about following your dream no matter how hard it was. I loved how well both parts blended it together. The connection those two had was incredible, like a mother who was giving life lessons.

It’s a wonderful book that will make you rethink your life choices and maybe cry a little if you are sentimental like me. If you are a fan of Barbara Josselsohn and Ellyn Oaksmith then you will love this one. I highly recommend you to read this and I will rate it with 5 bright stars.

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