Book Review: The Secret Ingredient by Nancy Naigle

Posted 20 February, 2019 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in 2019 Reads, Book Reviews / 6 Comments

Book Review: The Secret Ingredient by Nancy Naigle
Title: The Secret Ingredient
Author: Nancy Naigle
Published by Hallmark Publishing
Date Published: 12 February, 2019
Pages: 320
Genres: Romance
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Love is like a perfect recipe… You never want to lose it.

Years ago, Kelly McIntyre and Andrew York were engaged and dreaming of opening a restaurant together. Then he chose an opportunity to study in Paris over the small-town life they’d planned, and their romance came to a bittersweet end.

But Kelly’s doing fine. She’s not only the owner of a potbellied pig named Gray, but also of her own bakery. Business is good—so good that she’s invited to compete in a Valentine’s Day bake-off. As she prepares for the contest, she tries not to get distracted by Andrew’s visit to town.

When Andrew sees Kelly, it stirs up his old feelings. Little does he know that soon, in New York, he’ll compete against her in the bake-off…and they’ll both realize how much their past is a part of them still.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

I’m fairly new to Nancy Naigle’s work, having only read one other book by her. But, that said, let me tell you this: she is amazing! Having the chance to read this delicious novel was so fun! I loved her writing style, the hope and the characters that are woven together, all of it! It was a phenomenal read!

Andrew and Kelly’s characters were awesome. I loved the way they were chiseled, and seeing them interact together really played out like it was a movie on the Hallmark channel. I truly love when a book can do that!

Andrew’s character was my favorite. I loved how he developed throughout the story, and seeing how things were when he returned home. Though I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure what to think of his breaking their engagement and traveling away. I wanted to shake him! But, I also saw how it needed to be like that to full feel the emotions of these awesome characters, to fully understand that it needed to be done so he could understand his true feelings.

This is most definitely a 4 star novel that I should high praises to. Andrew and Kelly needed just one thing from Naigle for this book……just one secret ingredient……..and she did it beautifully! Well done, Naigle. This is a keeper book on my shelf and I can’t wait to read more of your work!

About Nancy Naigle

USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. She began her contemporary romance series, Adams Grove, while juggling a successful career as an SVP for Bank of America and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm.

Now enjoying an early retirement from the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, cooking, trail riding on her Palomino, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she now calls North Carolina home.

Best known for her small town stories set in Adams Grove, Sweet Tea and Secrets leads off this small town series. Stay tuned for news about the release of Porch Swings and Promises.

Nancy writes romance and women’s fiction for Montlake Romance and St. Martin’s Press and enjoys the diversity of adding mysteries to her list of accomplishments through Crossroads Publishing House. She’s also working on several projects with Hallmark. Watch for two of Nancy’s novels, Christmas Joy and Hope at Christmas, premiering as Hallmark Original Movies in 2018 on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

An International Thriller Writers Debut Author in 2011, Nancy is active in several writer organizations, including:

Romance Writers of America
Mystery Writers of America
International Thriller Writers

among others.

Nancy also enjoys collaborating with other authors on projects like her humorous women’s fiction, THE G Team co-written with Kelsey Browning. Don’t let the series name fool you. Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies. These gals are just like Dirty Harry…only over 50, female and from the South! Get all the details on that series at

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6 responses to “Book Review: The Secret Ingredient by Nancy Naigle

  1. Literary Feline

    I haven’t read any of the author’s books, but I do like the sound of this one. Hallmark movies are my guilty pleasure (at least were when I had cable), so I like that you say this one reads like one. I will have to give her books a try!

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