Book Reviews

Interview and Book Review: Bittersweet by Krista Noorman

262He owns a food truck. She owns a bakery. He walked out on her four years ago without a word. Will his return bring them a second chance or is it a recipe for disaster?

Harper Hensley’s greatest joy is baking. She’s co-owner of a cute little bake shop, creating delicious treats to her heart’s content, and happily dating a successful lawyer. Life seems perfect. Until Logan Riggs, the man who walked out on her without a word four years ago, rolls into town in his new coffee food truck, living the dream they were supposed to share together.

The last thing Logan ever wanted was to leave Harper, but unforeseen circumstances forced him to make that choice. He never meant to hurt her or ruin their plans of starting a food truck. Now he’s back to make things right, hoping to convince her to work with him, and longing for a second chance with the woman he loved from the start.

Coffee and cupcakes belong together. But is the truth about Logan’s disappearing act too much to forgive? Can Harper move past the bitter to get to the sweet?


Second Chance with You is a series written by a group of sweet, clean romance authors connected by the the idea that past loves, broken apart for a myriad of reasons, can be brought back together—some by chance, some by circumstance, some by choice.

Bittersweet is part of the Second Chance with You series. All books in this series are standalone and can be read in any order.

My Thoughts:

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you would have already been introduced to Krista Noorman. She’s one of my favorite Indie authors, and not just because we’ve become friends, but because she happens to write a particular style of story that I’m quite fond of. I thoroughly enjoy a good friction-filled romance. And once again, Noorman delivers! Here are 3 quick reasons you should give Bittersweet a try:

Cupcakes and Coffee really do go together! If you enjoy those novels that involve your favorite foods and that make you hungry and cozy all at the same time, you’ll feel right at home here!

Friction. Filled. Romance. 🙂 These two really start off with a bang. Logan wants her back, but Harper isn’t ready to forgive him. If you like to witness the sparks, you’ll want to grab this one … and any all the other Noorman novels while you’re at it. 😉

If you like your romance plot to contain unexpected twists and turns, you’re in for a treat! I’ve read a lot. And I’ll be honest, there was one point about a third of the way in where I questioned what in the world she was intending to do with the rest of the pages. LOL I wasn’t questioning for much longer! She truly did fill out every one of those pages and some of those ways, I didn’t see coming!

Disclaimer: I typically review Christian fiction, so I feel better about pointing out that Bittersweet was written for the clean fiction genre. The main difference is that clean fiction doesn’t require a faith element. The characters in this book did allude to Christian beliefs but their faith never became a focal point. One disclaimer to point out is that there is a single use of the phrase, “Go to H…” Otherwise, the language content was clean. And the romance was clean as well. I’d still gladly recommend it but to the right reader. 🙂

I took the chance to interview Krista about her latest release, and I was surprised to learn something new about my friend. Check it out: 

Now let’s talk, cupcakes and coffee, shall we!! In your novel, Harper runs a bake shop. Is this something you’ve ever considered doing?

Not at all. Though I love cute little shops like this and always enjoy their yummy treats, I am not much of a baker.

Likewise, Logan runs a coffee food truck. If you weren’t writing, would you consider opening a coffee shop?

I don’t think I’d ever want to run a coffee shop or food truck. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics, permits, and business stuff that just don’t sound like very much fun. But maybe working in one might be fun to try for a day. 😉

One of my favorite scenes is when Harper had a lot on her mind and kept messing up her cookies. Lol We’ve all been distracted cooks at some point or another. Can you tell us one of your own personal mishaps in the kitchen?

Oh goodness. One time, I made peanut butter cookies and I’m not sure if the baking soda was bad or I put too much in, but it left the nastiest aftertaste ever. I also made homemade biscuits once and they were dry and nasty—pretty much paperweights. My husband has teased me often over the years about both of these little mishaps.

I understand there’s a whole collection of second chance romance novels in the works. Who are the other authors we’ll be hearing from and where can we find them?

The series is called Second Chance with You. There are nine authors, including myself, and the common theme of our novels is a second chance at love. Each is a standalone story, so the series can be read in any order. You can learn more about the books and authors on our Amazon series page here:

Which character did you most relate to? Why?

I think Savannah, Harper’s business partner. She’s kind of the mom figure to Harper, being a little older than her, and her reactions were a lot like mine would’ve been in the situations Harper finds herself in.

Lightning Round:
If you were forced to open a food truck, what would sell?

Can you sell toast in a food truck, because that’s pretty much all I can make. haha! Kidding. I think the coffee food truck idea would be fun. I’d go with that.

Do you watch Food Truck Race or baking challenges on Food Network?

I don’t (we don’t have the Food Network), but when we used to have cable years ago, we watched Cake Boss all the time and the occasional cooking competition show.

Favorite flavor of cupcake?


Favorite coffee?

Mocha latte, please.


You can pick up your copy from Amazon today. And it’s on sale this week only! 


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