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Trifling Favors. (The Redcakes #7) By Heather Hiestand. ARC Review.

The sweetest treat is a kiss... Greggory Redcake's plate is full. Widowed young and left with two small children, the manager of the Kensington location of the illustrious tea shop is besieged on all sides between the bakery and family matters. If only his remarkably efficient shop assistant, Betsy Popham, could manage his home life, too! But Greggory can't linger on thoughts of Betsy's fetching smile when a dead body is discovered in the bakery...

Betsy has no time for romance, not even with the delectable Mr. Redcake, whose kisses are all too unforgettable. Haunted by a specter from her family's past, Betsy is terrified that the man blackmailing her has turned to deadly violence. Yet the only way to save her position--and possibly her life--is to accept Greggory's help as their delicious attraction sweetens into the tantalizing promise of true love...

Betsy Popham is an unusual Victorian miss. She has a very well paid job as assistant manager of Redcake's Kensington tea shop and emporium.  She lives with her father, and they have big secret.  Her mother was a convicted and executed murderess. Her father took it on himself to look after the victim's family. That is why although they both work very hard they have very little money. When the secret threatens to come to light it will affect everyone around them.
Greggory Redcake is the owner of the Kensington branch of Redcake's.  He is a widower with very young twins. He is a progressive man who knows that women can be intelligent and hold positions of responsibility.  Betsy is a great help to his business as an assistant manager.
Our poor heroine is a very strong and intelligent woman, but she has got so much working against her. Our hero is hard working and protective of all the people he feels responsible for.
A very good murder/mystery with so many suspects there is no way for us humble readers to guess who done it.
It is part of a series but easily read as a stand alone. I enjoyed every page.

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she is a bestseller at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room. She also writes as Anh Leod.




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