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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Donna Kauffman's latest edition of the Cupcake Club series is Honey Pie, a book about two seeming misfits who find one another. Honey has come from Oregon, following the death of her Aunt Bea whom she loved like a parent. Her old Volkswagen Beetle breaks down and she then becomes acquainted with Dylan, the town misfit. In reality, Dylan had a tough upbringing and has now gotten his life in order. He is almost immediately attracted to the somewhat bohemian Honey and spends a lot of time attempting to deny this attraction. While Dylan goes about getting the car repaired, Honey finds herself liking a town that seems to offer just what she missed in her childhood.
This is a cute story but most readers will guess the outcome long before the epilogue. It seems a bit slow out of the starting gate but it is a delightful story which points out the need for second chances and going after what you have wanted and been denied. I liked the character of Dylan, who seemed to have a bit more insight than his counterpoint Honey. He dealt with issues as they came and would be a good role model for young adult males who have been through rough times themselves. The cohesion and acceptance of the small town population is a delight. Honey Pie gives the reader an easy afternoon in a favorite chair while author Kauffman gives us a feeling of good things yet to come.