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Summary

There were vivid descriptions of the treatments and activities they could partake in while there and the addition of the non-food menus from the spa at the back of the book were a nice addition. The ending was abrupt and didn't give closure but sets the stage for what could come next. At the back of the book, there was an excerpt from the next book in the series. I'm looking forward to reading it.  I loved the title and series name along with the colorful cover.

4 STAR REVIEW: REST, RELAX RUN FOR YOUR LIFE by Katherine H. Brown

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The Description

Ooey, Gooey Bakery Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: March 1, 2019

Two best friends & a bakery!

Piper and Samantha are in heaven. Well, close. More like a long weekend at the O Heavenly Day Spa.

A few mysterious notes start appearing everywhere, things get uncomfortable. As spa treatments go awry things get dangerous. A threatening message convinces Piper and Sam that they have to find out who is behind all of these disasters. When the smoke alarms go off and the spa erupts into panic, the chaos separates the friends and Piper stumbles into trouble. Will someone help her before it is too late?

The ReviewREST, RELAX, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE is the first book in the OOEY GOOEY BAKERY MYSTERY series and there was lots of delectable ooey gooeyness throughout since Samantha (Sam) and Piper own a bakery. When Piper’s stressed she bakes with whatever she has on hand and she loves to eat. I don’t think she’s ever seen a dessert that she doesn’t like! Sam’s brother, Griff, plays a nice part in the story and Piper always seems to get tongue-tied around him and says nonsensical things.

Gladys, a new elderly, widowed customer, becomes friendly with them and invites herself along when they win a stay at a local spa due to their fundraising for Breaking Chains, an organization through a local church for the prevention of human trafficking along with support for its victims. Human trafficking was woven throughout in an interesting way.  Gladys adds another layer to the story and definitely has some quirks. The story has a nice flow to it with a lot of strange happenings and mysterious notes. Who’s sending them to Piper and why? There are twists and turns throughout that helped weave the different storylines together. I liked the scenes set at the spa but their three personal assistants and some of the other staff seemed a little creepy. There were vivid descriptions of the treatments and activities they could partake in while there and the addition of the non-food menus from the spa at the back of the book were a nice addition. The ending was abrupt and didn’t give closure but sets the stage for what could come next. At the back of the book, there was an excerpt from the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading it.  I loved the title and series name along with the colorful cover.

Ms. Brown is a new to me author. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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About The AuthorKatherine H BrownKatherine H. Brown is a Texas author with a love of reading and chocolate chip ice cream. Book lover and weaver of words, Katherine always has several projects going at one time but is most recently occupied with a new baby born April 2020. Katherine loves to hear from readers and often gets input from them through newsletter polls to help choose character names or book titles.

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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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