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Saving Saffron Sweeting

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  721 ratings  ·  115 reviews
~~ Quarter finalist, 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award ~~

Grace Palmer’s British friends all think she’s living the American Dream. But her design business is floundering and when she discovers her husband is cheating with her best client, she panics and flees home to England.

The tranquil village of Saffron Sweeting appears to be a good place for Grace to lick her wounds
Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published April 2013 (first published January 1st 2013)
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Story rating ~ 4.5 Stars! Wonderful debut book!

After realizing that her husband cheated on her and not willing to hear anything he has to say, Grace packs her bags, leaves California on the spur of the moment, and heads back home to England to sort out her life. Not sure what she’s going to do, and knowing she can’t stay with her brother and sister-in-law forever, she decides to settle in Saffron Sweeting, a small town that is on the verge of financial collapse. While it’s close to a large Ameri
Yvonne Mendez
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story begins with Grace Palmer, a down-on-her-luck interior designer, she's a Brit living in San Francisco with her husband James. Before you can say "Keep Calm and Carry On", Grace finds out James cheated on her with her - only - client, confronts him, packs up her bags and goes back to England.

My initial reaction was "Wait a sec, let the man talk! Don't be hasty!" but as soon as Grace arrives in England I thought "James Who?". The way Pauline describes her home-coming is like an insider re
Samantha March
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pauline Wiles is on tour now with CLP Blog Tours and Saving Saffron Sweeting. I thought this was such a good book! Our main character is Grace Palmer who is living the American Dream…or at least was. A Brit living in the US with her dashing husband, Grace is running her own design business and trodding along quite happily – until she realizes her one and only client is sleeping with her husband. Unable to stomach the betrayal Grace flees back to her homeland, and somehow lands in the clutches of ...more
Heather Burnside
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chic lit is not normally one of my favourite genres but this book won me over. There were so many things to like about it. The first thing that grabbed me was the writer's sense of humour, which I found very entertaining. Although the heroin is faced with dire circumstances, and there were some poignant moments, the author still manages to show the funny side of certain situations. Pauline Wiles is obviously a skilled author who had me routing for the heroin straightaway, and hoping that things ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Grace was trying to get her business going in the States, but when her husband cheated with her client, it was time to go home to England. Once there, she looked for a small village to hide and recuperate for awhile, and Saffron Sweeting fit the bill. But before she knew it, she had adjusted to small-town life. Now she is trying to balance a new relationship with saving her new home.

An awesome debut from Pauline Wiles, this light, contemporary fiction novel explores the difference between the Br
Julie Valerie
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my. Definitely one of my favorite books as I read my way through 52 books in 52 weeks. This book was so stinking charming, I was completely swept away by it. No wonder the book has climbed to the quarter finals in the romance category of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. (More information: I loved every single moment. The characters were charming, their lives were charming, the town of Saffron Sweeting was charming. It was so charming, I wanted to climb into the page ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grace Palmer is living the American Dream, the young Brit has a fledgling interior design business that she is building in Silicon Valley, California. But her dreams are shattered when her husband James sleeps with her client. Humiliated and heartbroken, Grace flees back to her homeland where she starts her life anew in the quaint little English village of Saffron Sweeting. While Grace gets settled in her new surroundings, the community of Saffron Sweeting is fighting their own battles against t ...more
Wendy Janes
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
When she finds out that her husband has cheated on her, Grace leaves him and their life in the States to return home to England. She starts the process of recovery by settling in the quiet village of Saffron Sweeting, and becomes an unwitting catalyst in the regeneration of the village, helping local businesses to reach out to new clients and reviving the village’s heart. Will she be able to revive her own?

The book gets off to a great start with the moment of Grace’s realisation of her husband’s
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
From the moment you start reading Pauline Wiles’ first novel you can’t shake the impression that she is a genuinely lovely person. Reading someone’s work might not be the best way to get to know them, but it certainly leaves a lasting impression and Saving Saffron Sweeting makes you wish you were friends with the protagonist, Grace from the outset. The story focuses on this young woman as she reaches a climax in her life. Discovering her husband has cheated on her, she leaves her home and busine ...more
Matu Nila
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't know. Maybe 2.5 would have been more accurate.

I liked the writing and Grace was ok as a main character as well as the residents of Saffron Sweeting.

BUT. I didn't quite get the story. It started, it ended, but the things in the middle? Was it supposed to be just a romance story (view spoiler)? Or was there supposed to be an actual story too? There were a lot of things happening, but nothing was quite finalized.

- Amelie had a drinking problem? Based on
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The sounds of click, click, click fell into place as Grace Palmer realized her husband was having an affair. Not only has he been with sleeping with someone else, it's her friend and client. Deciding she is not ready to talk it out and make decisions, she flees to the little village of Saffron Sweeting. Grace finds herself making friends, helping others save their businesses and reassessing what is truly important in her life.

I thought this was a unique story, when we meet Grace she is married a
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Saving Saffron Sweeting by Pauline Wiles in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute story about Grace and the challenges she faces when she discovers her husband James is cheating on her. I really liked Grace and she was someone I could relate to on so many levels. Her whole world is rocked by James’ infidelity and unable to deal with it, she runs away to a small English town to figure out what to do next.

She finds herself in Saffron Sweeting and meets some very
April Harris
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Saving Saffron Sweeting is a wonderful read. Memorable, likeable characters and a fast paced story line meant I was hooked from the very first chapter. A Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Saving Saffron Sweeting is light-hearted with laugh out loud moments in its incredibly accurate portrayal of British village life. The book gently explores the themes of true love and whether you really can have it all as the protagonist navigates a difficult path between her home an ...more
Courtney Giardina
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cleverly written, witty and humorous. I loved the flow of the novel. I'm all for strong female characters and Grace certainly falls into that category. When she discovers her husband is sleeping with the only person keeping her design business afloat she decides to head back to the place she once called home.

The descriptiveness of this cutesy little town and all the people in it are a big part of what makes the story great! Love, betrayal, romance, balancing your hopes and dreams and a lot of l
Prince Snow
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Saving Saffron Sweeting by Pauline Wiles was a breath of fresh air. I compliment the author for her ability to transform the written word to magnificent images of the mind! How I enjoyed traveling the English countryside with a variety of well-developed,well thought out characters.I felt like if I closed my eyes I would be right in the thick of the journeys of heartache, discovery, searching(and oh what fun that was:), and friendship. A book that deserves to be read cover to cover in one weekend ...more
Lindsey Riley
Apr 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had great hopes for this one! And I made it about 68% of the way through before I just couldn't take it anymore. Not only did Grace, the main character, quickly become unrelatable, the infidelity in the book seriously bothered me. Perhaps if I had stuck it out and finished, it would have shaped up better, but I really do believe that life is too short to waste on bad books!
Samantha Bailey
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Saving Saffron Sweeting" is such a charming and lovely book. I adored the mix of American and British vernacular, and you can't help but fall in love with Grace, her friends and her new town. This is such a polished and excellent read, and I can't wait for more from Pauline Wiles.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Loved this book! I was easily able to connect with Grace and her charm. It was definitely fun to read about all the quirky characters in Saffron Sweeting. This book made me want to travel to England so much more! A definite must read.
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!
Back in March I reviewed "Sweet Pursuits" by this author and really liked it. I wanted to read more by Pauline and my wish came true!

Well that was one super cute book! Can one woman (heartbroken, angry, and just looking to get away form her current situation) single-handedly save a whole town? Well... yes they can, and she did - one business at a time.

I love Saffron Sweeting! I want to go there! What a great town. The more I read about this quaint English town the more I fall in love w
Jena Henry
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is like curling up with a soft, luxurious cashmere blanket. Grace, the main character in this quiet and calm story, seeks comfort in just such a beautiful blanket when her life hits a perilous crossroads. Does an affair mean the end of the road?

Grace moved with her husband to the Silicon Valley area, for his career. When Grace discovers her husband had a fling, her first thought is to bolt back to her home country, England. Her plan is to take time to sort out her feelings. “We
Sara G
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a sweet chick lit story about an Englishwoman living in America, who basically panics and moves back to England when she finds out her husband has cheated on her. Too proud to stay with her parents or impose on anyone else, she finds a small village to stay in, Saffron Sweeting, and ends up falling in love with the place. It's near Cambridge, where lots of Americans have been moving due to pharmaceutical jobs, so she finds a niche in helping the Americans fit in. I liked it quite a bit a ...more
MB (What she read)
3.5 stars. Sometimes I find some really nice jewels among the dross in Kindle Unlimited. This was great--I enjoyed it thoroughly. Going to go find more by this author.

KU doesn't have the hugest selection, but the subscription model frees me to be a more adventurous in trying new-to-me and/or unreviewed authors. With KU, I feel no compunction in trying something, reading a few pages, then dumping it if not to my taste. On the flip side, it makes me happy when I randomly come across something (lik
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arp
What a wonderful sweet listen! Sometimes you a little distance to get clarity of who you are, what is important and help find your way back to each other. Friends, family, love, loss, figuring out who you are, what you are capable of and finding you way back to a new beginning, new life and new home. Wonderful narration of the audio version.
Stefania Shaffer
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the same vein as Bridget Jones and quite satisfying for the incurable romantics. The title has to do with a city, not a spice, and it is a charming one at that. I especially love the protagonist’s decorating tips for all of the shabby businesses that need a boost in tourism. Who doesn’t love a great makeover? The dowdy girl wins, and so does the town.
Wendy Hill
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Light read but I really enjoyed it and looked forward to picking it up before bed for a few nights. I liked the end, don't want to give it away and the way the main character changed all the people in the village for the better.
Keelie Green
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice easy read

Really enjoyed this book, it was a nice easy read for a summers day in the garden. Looking forward to getting started on another of Pauline’s books next.
Megan Fass
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Grace tries to help a small town in England preserve its character and figure out what to do with her love life and career.
Marie (UK)
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
readable but typical chick lit
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked the ending of the story. I appreciate that it could have been rated PG 13 and not R.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Sweet Story

About moving forward. Wiles is rather too good at comic one liners that don't fit her characters, but some made me chuckle. The story is a fun read, nonetheless, and I recommend it for the beach or that long flight where you want something light and entertaining.
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British by birth, Pauline 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’.
“wondering if this was how I was going to end up: eccentric and alone.” 1 likes
“Britain and America couldn't agree on shoe sizing, dress sizing, weight, distance or temperature measurements, but on the scale of breasts, we were of one voice.” 0 likes
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