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Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
From Scratch by C.E. Hilbert is a suspenseful and surprising love story with twists and turns that keep you guessing. Maggie McKitrick, the new girl in town, serves up tasty treats at her own bakery. Maggie's landlord, Sean Taylor, is also the police chief of Gibson Run, Ohio. Their tense, if not hostile, relationship slowly softens and offers the hope of more than friends. Sean is willing, but Maggie can't let her guard down; she can't let Sean get too close or let him find out too much about her past. She is drawn to him, but being Maggie's friend can be dangerous. Can she trust Sean, can she take that risk? As Maggie's past reaches out to touch her once again, is Sean the one who can finally save her?
C.E. Hilbert tells a riveting story with the charm and sweetness that is expected in a love story. C.E. Hilbert also introduces suspense and uncertainty, sprinkled with fear as we see Maggie's past intrude on the present. As Maggie and Sean slowly head into a relationship, trust will be a real issue for Maggie. How much of the real Maggie can she reveal without destroying everything? C.E. Hilbert stirs up emotions and keeps you guessing about what is coming next. This well written story, well defined and detailed characters, and the ever evolving plot all lure you in and keep you there until the end. This book would make a great movie.