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Lipstick on the Strawberry

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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Contemporary, Women's Fiction

Estranged from her family, Camilla Fetherwell now lives in the United States and owns a successful catering business. Returning to England for her father's funeral, she reunites with her first love, Billy, whom she hasn't seen since her father broke up their teenage romance. Billy seems eager to resume their love affair. But after one blissful
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ebook, First Champagne Rose 2017, 376 pages
Published July 5th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press
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Judith Starkston
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strong-women
A sophisticated romance with depth and emotional power.

A food photographer puts lipstick on a strawberry in order to make it gleam deliciously, if deceptively. The main character in this excellent novel is a divorced caterer, Camilla, a Brit who’s set up shop in Boston, so the title works for her role. But it is also the perfect metaphor for the intertwined themes of this book. Not everything is as it first appears. What’s hiding underneath the respectable cover might be a painful secret. Then
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Marylee MacDonald
With a rich caste of characters and a family secret to uncover, Lipstick on the Strawberry makes for a delectable read. Just when Boston caterer, Camilla Fetherwell, thinks she's got her business up and running, she must return to England for her father's funeral. An old flame, a problematic sister, and a disturbing family secret make Camilla's journey home much more than she'd bargained for. Camilla wants to hold onto the life and identity she has built for herself in Boston. But, she feels the ...more
Harmony Verna
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Ann Spence has created a beautiful novel that will keep readers glued until the end. A wonderful read!!
Leslie OBrien
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Camilla runs a catering company in Boston and returns home to England after the death of her father. Filled with regret over not visiting, she's helping her sister empty out his house to put it up for sale, while dealing with her own trials and tribulations (problems at work, potentially unrequited love, loss, regrets) in LIPSTICK ON THE STRAWBERRY by Margaret Ann Spence.

Likes: The seamless blending of food into the story. I've read other stories where authors incorporated the H/h passions/hobbi
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Melanie
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not everything is as it first appears.

Lipstick on the Strawberry is a great romance mystery, starts off with devastating news of death in the family for Camilla. Camilla runs a catering company in Boston but returns home to England after the death of her father. While filled with guilt of not visiting sooner she helps her older sister go through his belongings before putting things up for sale . But all the while dealing with the lose of her father Camilla has to deal with troubles of her own.

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Margaret
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of women's fiction

Delectable Depiction of Love, Food, and Family Secrets

Caterer Camilla Fetherwell can’t find happiness until she solves the mystery of her family’s secrets. Struggling to build her catering business in Boston, she returns to her English homeland when her father dies. She soon discovers that this seemingly virtuous man kept secrets from his family. Camilla’s discoveries threaten her relationship with a long lost love. She must get her family to face the truth before she can be happy.

This novel wi
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Sandra Dailey
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who looks at the cover of this book may think it’s a sweet romance. Or, the title may give them the impression it’s a little steamy. They’d be wrong. This book is so much more than expected.
When someone dies with a secret that affects others, untangling that secret may become complicated. In this story, as in real life, it seems that one deception leads to another. The author conveys this in a way that will surprise you rather than confuse you. You become involved in the drama and not ab
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Heidi Weinmann
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book is an absolute pleasure to read. The characters are three dimensional and flawed in ways that are both realistic and sometimes frustrating. All the better to advance the plot, and what a wonderful plot it is.

We follow divorced British caterer Camilla Fetherwell as she grows her business in Boston, navigates family issues in Great Britain, and finds what? Love perhaps? On both sides of the Atlantic. Throw in a mysterious young woman who may hold the answers to a decades old mystery, and
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Lianne
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
**ARC received from the author, publisher, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

It was a very well-written novel that presented characters and their struggles well. The two settings (Boston and England) were well-described and contrasted too, as well as the attitudes of the chracters who resided in each place.

My issue with the book, that took away one star from the rating are the many loose ends and unresolved issues by the end that kept me a bit wanting and unsatisfied. For all of th
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Polly Baughman
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spence gives us a full reading experience touching on a variety of themes: the life of an ex-patriot, family secrets, the lasting impact of first love, the orphaned feeling of losing parents even as an adult, rebuilding a life after divorce. All are expertly woven together and made all the more delicious by the main character's love of cooking. Spence provides sensual details of the meals served as family drama unfolds. While a dalliance and a deeper romantic love play out, the book has more dep ...more
Mary Nemanich
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delicious!

This tale of two "children" who have grown into adults and now live an ocean apart... twists and turns many times as the characters are developed. The families of these two people are intertwined... which adds to the mystery to be solved. Acceptance and rejection come and go... as do relationships in the tale. The reader can almost taste the wonderful creations made by the caterer...mmmmmmmm! So many convoluted relationships... enjoy this delightful tale and its intricasies... you'll b
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Barbara
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a story Camilla Fetherwell has a lot of things that she has to overcome. The characters in this book make you see that all families have some quirks that must be met with a lot of patience and understanding. This book makes you feel like you are right there watching it unfold. This is a new Author who I will be following to see what other books she does. I received a copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it
Jane Wilson-Howarth
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightful, perceptive but easy and entertaining read. Well-observed amusing commentaries on two nations divided by a common language. Likeable but flawed characters - what else could one ask of a novel? Well... recipes apparently. The details of the trials and damn hard work of an outside caterer were engaging and I loved the detail of the cooking processes. Spence has created an enjoyable read, and had much to recommend it.
Rose
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: commercial
Fun and entertaining read about a young woman, divorced, estranged from her father, and struggling owner of a catering business. There's a love triangle, a family secret, a twist on DNA results, and a genuine love story. ...more
Christine Phillips
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cross-continental romance, family intrigue and recipes for comforting treats to "make it all feel better." ...more
Kris
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At first I was not convinced that this was my book. I am not especially fond of lipstick nor am I a foodie. However how wrong I was!

Soon I was embroiled in this fast moving story that would not let me rest. Each twist and turn left me reeling and making new friends and enemies only to later change my mind.

I recommend this read to anyone who is thinking about difficult family relationships. (Isn't that everyone?)
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Margaret Ann Spence writes about women, the choices they make, and what happens next.

An avid baker and much less successful organic gardener, she draws on the mishaps and joys of these pursuits within the family mysteries unwrapped in her novels, Joyous Lies and Lipstick on the Strawberry.

Lipstick on the Strawberry won the Romantic Elements Category in the First Coast Romance Writers 2015 Beacon C
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