The sweetness of first love…

Could a fiercely independent cop’s heart be stolen by the guy who makes her favorite doughnuts? Will a maid who used deceit to snare a mail-order husband get a dose of her own medicine? Can her handsome neighbor rescue a modern-day “princess” from a tenacious ex-boyfriend? Can two strangers in a rideshare be honest enough to fall in love for real? Can you remember your first love? How about your second? Third? Fourth?

Featuring the talents of Linda Budzinski, Melissa Maygrove, Michael Di Gesu, Sylvia Ney, Katie Klein, Kim Elliott, Templeton Moss, S.E. White, Denise Covey, and Sammi Spizziri. Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will touch your heart and rekindle lost feelings. Prepare to return to that first love…

First Love: The Art of Making Doughnuts will be released September 6, 2022.

Rating: 3 out of 5.


I was lucky enough to receive this book from the publisher. I hope the prospective reader will read this review fully before making any prejudgments on the book. I will give the book my thoughts. These thoughts are completely my own and not swayed in any way by anyone else’s reviews or opinions.

This book is an anthology. That is a book that has small stories from different authors inside. I have not read many anthologies, but the few that I have read were good. This one was a quick read. It was fun and made you feel warm inside. I do think that I tend to enjoy longer books because anthologies can leave me wanting more. Plus, I was not completely familiar with the characters so I didn’t have a previous connection to them.

The one thing I can say in certain was that I had a different feeling with each and everyone of these. For example, some I fished and felt like it was a sweet story. That being said, some I finished and I can say I didn’t like it. Everything seemed rushed and short. I felt like I started the story, blinked and the story was over. I was not happy with that because I felt like I didn’t have everything that I needed to feel a connection to the story.

My Rating: I give this anthology 3 out of 5 stars. I felt like I needed to rate the book as a whole since it is published as a whole. It was average. Some stories were great and others not so much. I, overall, liked some of the collection of stories in this book. I suggest you look at the authors to see if they are ones that you have enjoyed in the past before you read the book. If you are familiar with their writing styles, it will help you in the future if you decide to purchase the book after its release.

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