My Review of SAMARITAN by Robin Bayne


A tender romance revolving around scrumptious goodies…
When Caterer Rachel Martin’s partner abandons their bakery to study in Paris, Rachel struggles to keep the storefront open and the stack of bills paid. Restaurateur Tim Gardner has worked hard to restore his family’s reputation and profit margin. With his parents away on an extended vacation, Tim boosts business by offering a signature dessert ~ a Rachel Martin creation. When Rachel confesses that she can no longer afford the high-priced ingredients and may not be able to fulfill their agreement, Tim considers litigation.  
I have to confess that I didn’t like Tim very much in the beginning of the story. Rachel was trying so hard, and Tim’s only focus was on his restaurant’s bottom line and his parents’ opinion of his management style. As the story moves forward and he realizes how hard Rachel is trying, his focus switches to helping each other succeed, professionally and personally. Those qualities that annoyed me about Tim in the beginning, actually endeared me to him in the end.
At 139 pages, Samaritan is a fast, gentle read, and easily finished in an evening or afternoon. Samaritan is a sequel to Prodigal, but it’s not necessary to read Prodigal first to enjoy this novella. Congratulations, Ms. Bayne.

Samaritan is available now with White Rose Publishing.

Disclaimer: The author provided a review copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

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Fiction Faith & Foodies: My Review of SAMARITAN by Robin Bayne

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Review of SAMARITAN by Robin Bayne


A tender romance revolving around scrumptious goodies…
When Caterer Rachel Martin’s partner abandons their bakery to study in Paris, Rachel struggles to keep the storefront open and the stack of bills paid. Restaurateur Tim Gardner has worked hard to restore his family’s reputation and profit margin. With his parents away on an extended vacation, Tim boosts business by offering a signature dessert ~ a Rachel Martin creation. When Rachel confesses that she can no longer afford the high-priced ingredients and may not be able to fulfill their agreement, Tim considers litigation.  
I have to confess that I didn’t like Tim very much in the beginning of the story. Rachel was trying so hard, and Tim’s only focus was on his restaurant’s bottom line and his parents’ opinion of his management style. As the story moves forward and he realizes how hard Rachel is trying, his focus switches to helping each other succeed, professionally and personally. Those qualities that annoyed me about Tim in the beginning, actually endeared me to him in the end.
At 139 pages, Samaritan is a fast, gentle read, and easily finished in an evening or afternoon. Samaritan is a sequel to Prodigal, but it’s not necessary to read Prodigal first to enjoy this novella. Congratulations, Ms. Bayne.

Samaritan is available now with White Rose Publishing.

Disclaimer: The author provided a review copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

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8 Comments:

At February 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM , Blogger Marianne Evans said...

Robin, I'm looking forward to reading Samaritan! The book sounds wonderful! God bless, and continued success!

 
At February 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM , Blogger LoRee Peery said...

I love to form a strong opinion of a character that changes in the course of the story, so looking forward to this one.

 
At February 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Thanks so much Dora! It's an honor to be here ; )

 
At February 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Congrats on the release of Samaritan, Robin! You're invited to my blog anytime!

LoRee, congrats on your upcoming release, Sage and Sweetgrass. I can't wait to read it!

Marianne, I'm even more excited about our Chicago trip now that I know the release date for Journey's Edge! Not long now...

Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

 
At February 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM , Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Ohhhh, Chicago trip? Sounds fun!

 
At February 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Laurean Brooks said...

Wow! Chicago? My White Rose, "Journey To Forgiveness" (based on my mom's life) is set in 1938 Chicago.

Wonderful review, Dora. I can tell by reading it that you flesh out your characters. Nothing quite draws you in like an (apparent) bad guy. And nothing quite as fulfilling as developing an annoying character. LOL.

Congratulations!

 
At February 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

You're so right, Laurean. Robin Bayne did a great job with Samaritan!

 
At February 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Thanks again Dora!

 

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