Apple Pie Promises: A Swirl Novel

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 13 Nov 2018

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This was not my taste. I loved the cover and I thought it was going to be about Autumn, apples, and all things fall. But It was not. It was about a prank war.
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This is a pleasant enough “getting used to living with a step-sister” sort of story. There are, of course, misunderstandings, causing both sisters to retaliate. But what is the answer, in the end, the moral, so to speak? Communication. 

Which is the answer to everything, when you think about it.  Good communication is important in all things in life, so good to have this show up in a middle-grade level book.

There is romance, but it is light enough not to be central to the story.

And Lily, the protagonist, is a bit on the annoying side, but sympathetic in her struggles with Hannah here eccentric, artistic, older, step-sister.

Classic odd couple sort of vibes.

Set in Tacoma, Washington, there is a lovely line that is repeated as a mantra through the whole book: “Live like the mountain is out,” meaning live as though you could see Mt. Rainer, even if it is raining or overcast, as it so often is there.

Good advice.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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It was a lot of fun reading this book. It's a middle school age book that I know my youngest would actually read. It's not just that its easy to read, but also told in POV of a 7th grader named Lily. I could actually feel the emotions Lily was going through with her on again and off again feud with her step-sister. Prank wars anyone? 

I also loved the fact that she likes to bake with her mom in person or by way of video chatting. I've got a lot of apple pie recipes running around in my head now. Maybe there will be a Cranberry and Apple Pie Recipe in the future. Lily mentions this combination in the book when talking about the different kinds of flavor combinations.  

I would recommend this book to my daughter's school.  I'm not sure if they do Author spotlight/events anymore but I know they would be interested in hearing about this book..

You can also find this review on my website http://www.coffeebooksandcakes.com/books/book-review-apple-pie-promises/
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Hillary Homzie does it again in her second Swirl Novel. Apple Pie Promises. Like the first, it is a fun and wonderful read for everyone. Lily is not only starting seventh grade but has to do it without her mom, who is spending a year in Morocco for school. When she gets to her father's house and find out that she has to share a room with her stepsister Hannah, everything seems to swirl out of control. 
Lily and Hannah are two opposites who are forced to coexist and Homzie does a great job to creating realistic tension between the two teens. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great quick Fall read!
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Thanks for the early review copy!

I recommend this novel to fans of middle grade. I mainly picked it for the cute cover! :D
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