Sweet (PG) sweet romance, bakery, cakes, fireman, family.
She has one last hope – a small, family-run bakery that might just be baking up second chances.
Blurb: Dwindling finances has Jesse Robinson running out of options. With a past filled with failures, she longs for a new beginning. Applying for a job she isn’t qualified for may be another crazy mistake, but at this point Jesse has nothing to lose.
Juggling two jobs, Travis Cooper has absolutely no time for a relationship and isn’t looking for one. But when his mother hires an unqualified baker, he has more to worry about than three-tiered wedding cakes. Like whether to break his own no-dating-employees rule and make a little room in his life for love.
‘How hard can baking be? Easy‐peasy. Right?’ She knew her words to be untrue. She’d watched shows on the Food Network. The chefs on television made creating desserts appear simple, yet Jessie’s attempts always ended with opening a window and the lid on the garbage can.
‘I have no choice, and at this point I have nothing to lose.’ Jessie had thought the same before her previous four jobs. Though, she did excel at one particular skill—making bad choices. If only she could include that talent as a positive trait.
She drew in a deep breath to calm her racing pulse. Desperation rolled in the emptiness of her stomach. She’d just go into the bakery and win them over. She had to. The two hundred dollars in her bank account would cover her car payment. As long as I don’t eat or drive anywhere, I’m good.
Author Bio: Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.
And now, Darlene is going to share a recipe Jesse uses in Nothing To Lose! Enjoy!!
Jesse’s Blueberry Muffins
In Nothing To Lose, Jesse has to prove her baking skills by cooking up a delicious treat. For someone whose previous attempts at baking ended in the trash can, she attempts to make these blueberry muffins.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
1-1/2 cups blueberries
Baking Tip - Jesse added a teaspoon of vanilla to her mixture, which is highly recommended!
In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
In separate bowl, cream butter with sugar; beat in eggs one at a time, and add the vanilla. Gradually stir in milk (mixture may appear curdled).
Make a well in centre of dry ingredients; pour in liquid and stir just until moistened.
Gently fold in blueberries.
Spoon into large paper-lined or well-greased muffin cups, filling to top.
Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops are firm to the touch.
Did Jesse pass the baking test and get the job? You’ll have to read Nothing To Lose to find out!