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Monday, February 13, 2017

Sweet Pursuits by Pauline Wiles (Book Review)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Sweet Pursuits by author Pauline Wiles!

Book Review

Sweet Pursuits by Pauline Wiles
Book 3: Saffron Sweeting Novel Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: January 20, 2017
Format: Paperback - 306 pages
               Kindle - 731 KB
ISBN: 978-0988973138
BNID: 978-0988973138
Genre: British Romantic Comedy

Buy The Book:
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Buy The Series: Saffron Sweeting Novel Series
Book 1: Saving Saffron Sweeting
Book 2: Secrets In The Sky
Book 3: Sweet Pursuits
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

What’s the recipe for a second chance at love? 

After six blissful years with scientist boyfriend Owen, Bella Beecham was convinced he was about to pop the question she’d been longing to hear. Instead, he accepted a prestigious job in California and left England without a backwards glance. Now, Owen’s back in the village of Saffron Sweeting, and appears to be more eligible than ever. Bella’s determined that the man of her dreams won’t slip through her fingers again.

But her plans to tone up, trim down, and tempt Owen back into her life prove bittersweet. Although Bella’s talent for baking wins her new friends, her tasty treats have a disconcerting tendency to sabotage her own intentions. And as her increasingly bold attempts to recapture Owen’s heart stumble, Bella must question whether she’s chasing a guy who wants to be caught.

A British romantic comedy featuring both familiar characters and fresh faces, Sweet Pursuits explores how a young woman seeking her soulmate must first learn to love herself.

My Book Review:

In Sweet Pursuits, the third book in the Saffron Sweeting Novel Series, author Pauline Wiles weaves a delightful tale written in the first person narrative of one woman's journey of self-discovery while trying to find her soulmate.

The reader is transported to the village of Saffron Sweeting in Great Britain, where they follow Bella Beecham as she attempts to win back the heart of her ex-boyfriend Owen Rigby, a genetic scientist who is returning to Saffron Sweeting after five years of living abroad in Berkeley, California.

This entertaining British Romantic Comedy tale has a wonderful mixture of humor, charm, sass and romance. Bella's story draws the reader in as she attempts a self-makeover in order to recapture the heart of her ex-boyfriend Owen, and as she encounters and overcomes crazy trials and tribulations along the way, Bella ultimately discovers her true self. Bella has a sassy sense of humor and independence that is admirable, and you just can't help but cheer her on as she learns to love herself, and discovers that she doesn't have to change who she is just to find true love.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I loved the portrayal of life in the quaint English village of Saffron Sweeting. The village's quirky inhabitants and Bella's close family and friends are colorful and provided a lot of laugh-out-loud moments.The author provides her readers with a story full of witty British phrases and mouth watering treats that makes you want to visit the village of Saffron Sweeting.

Sweet Pursuits is a lighthearted, witty, fun and thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy that will leave a smile on your face.


About The Author

British by birth, Pauline Wiles is now a contented resident of California, although she admits to occasional yearnings for afternoon tea and historic homes.

Her debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, reached the quarter final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was a number one Kindle Best Seller. The stand-alone prequel, Secrets in the Sky, was reviewed by Publishers Weekly as ‘an enticing read’. Sweet Pursuits is the third book in the series.

When not writing, Pauline can be found pursuing The Serenity Project, her year-long attempt to slow down and appreciate life. She also likes to ponder how many miles she has to run to justify an extra piece of cake, and is fond of daydreaming about flying herself and a reader to London for afternoon tea.

Author Website
Amazon Author Page

Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

February 6 – Chick Lit Plus
February 7 – Spunky N Sassy
February 8 – Whispering Stories
Feruary 8 - Grass Monster
February 10 – Books Dreams Life
February 13 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews
February 13 – Book Lover in Florida
February 13 – Awesome Clubs


  1. Very many thanks for reading and reviewing. I'm glad you enjoyed spending time with Bella.

    1. Hi Pauline! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I really enjoyed reading Sweet Pursuits, and look forward to reading more of your books. :)