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Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Grace: This was supposed to be Grace’s starring year, until she opened the door to a family secret that changed everything. Now she’s stuck making costumes in Sewing Club and watching someone else play the lead role – unless she can find a way to win it back.

Connor: Far from home and exiled to a new school, all Connor wants is to keep a low profile and get through the year
368 pages
Published February 2015 by Stripes Publishing
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Donna {Book Passion For Life}
3.5 stars!

Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines is a cute and fun read with a sweet romance that all readers will root for.

This year Grace was supposed to be given the lead in the school’s new play, Much Ado about Nothing but when a family issue leaves her missing the auditions, Grace is stuck running the costume department for the play instead. Determined to get her role back, Grace knows it’s only a matter of time before the play director realises she’s the best person for the job, so in the m
SJH (A Dream of Books)
With the Great British Sewing Bee back on UK TV screens, this book has arrived at just the right time. Following in the footsteps of last year's 'Love, Lies and Lemon Pies' (which was one of my favourite titles of 2014), Katy Cannon's new book focuses on Grace, one of the members of Bake Club, as she deals with family issues, drama club and a love/hate relationship with new boy Connor.

Grace wasn't my favourite character in the first book, so I was a little nervous about the thought of her getti
Anna || BooksandBookends
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I recieved a free copy of the book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before reading this book I had not read the book which preceeded this. Despite this, I enjoyed the book nonetheless.

This was a sweet and enjoyable read which has a romance which was well written. At the start of each chapter in the book, there are sewing patterns which I didn't expect and found quite intriguing! Grace as a protagonist was really enjoyable and her character development throu
The bossy and the costumes-crew bones in my body really appreciated this book (it’s the humerus and the hyoid, respectively, and there might be a know-it all bone in there somewhere too). This book is not the kind you read because you want an exciting and surprising plot; the plot is fairly obvious. However, it was totally worth it for Grace’s character development and the other friendships and relationships in the story.
Grace is bossy. She likes to have her way, and lately somethings have not
Eve beinguniquebooks
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a stand alone but also a second novel to Love, Lies and Lemon Pies as Grace our main character in this book was introduced in that book.

Grace is always the star of the drama club so when she misses out on the audition this year, she offers to be part of costume making to show her dedication instead. However, with a huge family secret and shock to her just happened, Grace is happy to have a new hobby to throw herself into despite what others including new student Connor, the stagehan
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
I loved this book.
I was slightly sceptical about this read, since it linked to 'Love, Lies & Lemon Pies'.
I loved that book so much, i was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations.
But it most certainly did.
Now i just need to learn to sew.
Now a best book for me.
Highly recommended.

Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I love a semi-well written cliché.
The Angry Lawn Gnome
Another entertaining but forgettable read.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light and easy read- full of romance and friendship but still dealing with important issues.
Chelley Toy
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I loved this book which was as the book suggests secrets, schemes and sewing machines all mixed with fun, romance and a fab school play!

the start of each chapter in this book gives the reader a sewing task starting with a simple beginners how to at the start of the book and developing into more complex designs by the end and all with what you need and what to do with my personal favourite being how to make an infinity scarf and how t
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published at Cheezyfeet Books.

Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines is the sequel to Love, Lies and Lemon Pies. When I read Lemon Pies, although I really loved Lottie and Mac's story, I was eager to know more about all their friends in Bake Club. Grace was probably the character that I knew the least about (and liked the least too) so I apprehensive as to how Sewing Machines would sit with me, since it didn't follow on from Lemon Pies but switched to focus on Grace. Ho
Sahina Bibi
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

Thank you as always to the wonderful people at Stripes Publishing for giving me this beautiful book that tells an even lovelier story. I recently read (and loved) Katy Cannon’s Love, Lies and Lemon Pies - the review for which can be found here.

If you’ve read that, you’ll know who Grace is. If you haven’t not to worry, as the book works wonderfully as a standalone, as well as an au-pair if you will, where you get to revisit some of your favourite characters from the first book.

We meet Grace, who
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ukya
When the chance arose to read the next book in Katy Cannon’s new YA series, I couldn’t contain my excitement. After loving the first book immensively (5 stars), I couldn’t wait to read about the same characters for a second time.

This book follows the perspective of Grace, probably the least prominent member of Bake Club during ‘Love, Lies and Lemon Pies’. She came off as a bit sour and pouty during the course of Lottie and Mac’s relationship, and because of this, I didn’t like her very much. Ho
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

An Open Letter To Secrets, Schemes & Sewing Machines,

You've made me realize that I love British Contemporaries more than most Contemporaries out there. I laughed my guts out, and I got all the feels, and I even got a dose of drama. Seriously, I loved that you were full of drama off and on the stage. As a has been, theater kid, I found you very relatable and I adored the fact that theater had such a huge role in your s
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
“You can be important just by being yourself – and yourself can be anyone you want.”

Grace was supposed to be the star of the school’s play this year but when issues at home lead to her missing auditions she’s left being an understudy and in charge of costumes and props – 5 years of working her way to the top down the drain.

Conner is the drama teacher’s stepson and his first impression of Grace isn’t good – a drama queen demanding she be the lead in the play. Their relationship is rocky at the st
Jessica Gilmore
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in this mini series in one sitting and so hunted down the sequel - which I then devoured with as much enjoyment as I did the first. Highly recommend this clever school set YA book which, with its deep understanding of teenagers, family traumas and romantic dynamics, is a deeply satisfying, well plotted and intelligent read.
Heather Lawson
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Originally posted here:
The Bake Club group is back, but this time we’re following Grace – probably the least liked member of the group for most readers. Personally, I didn’t mind Grace by the time I’d finished Love, Lies & Lemon Pies, so I was excited to jump into her world and see more of it.

Grace’s world has been turned upside down by the appearance of a sister she never knew she had. With all the disruption at ho
Lola (Reading by Lamplight)
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks
After hoplessly falling for Love, Lies and Lemon Pies, I knew I was in for a treat with Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines! Cannon has definitely stepped her game in this sophomore story. In the first book, I found Grace to be a privileged, arrogant character who mattered very little to me. In Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines, Grace's charter arc is nothing short of incredible. I felt Grace changing genuinely for the better, despite my hesitant expectation. Grace evolved into a character I ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-authors
Having thoroughly enjoyed Love, Lies and Lemon Pies I was really looking forward to reading Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines (btw I love these titles).

Grace is supposedly perfect, as least she tries to be because that’s what is expected of her. So missing out on the leading role in school production of Much Ado About Nothing is unacceptable. The morning of the auditions she’s late – there is a good reason for that but it means Grace isn’t cast so now she needs a way in to get her leading rol
Claire Fayers
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Love, Lies and Lemon Pies, you'll love this sequel as all the characters are back. This time the story is told by Grace, the 'mean girl' of bake club. After missing her audition for the school play, she offers to work on the costumes, intending to steal back the leading role that should have been hers. There's only one problem - she can't sew. It doesn't help that new boy and backstage manager, Connor, can't stand her, not that she cares what he thinks, of course.

There's also family
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
A fun, quick read that I didn't actually realize was a sequel at first. I did enjoy this, but it wasn't a stand out. Still, it was harmless, and I might even read the first one should I ever come across it. Three stars.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-author, ukya
Another super cute read with real heart which I enjoyed lots. Connor is a real sweetie.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just as good as Love,lies and lemon pies. But this time its Grace and her problems that need solving.
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A light read. This is the second book in the series but instead focuses on Grace. I think the book was good but not as good as the first one.
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Katy was born in Abu Dhabi, grew up in Wales, went to university in Lancaster, spent a few years splitting her time between London, Hertfordshire, and an assortment of hotels across the world. She now lives in a little market town not far from Cambridge. She has a husband, two children, a goldfish, and far too many notebooks.

Katy likes to write stories about the importance of friends and family,

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