Review: Salt and Sugar

Title: Salt and Sugar
Author: Rebecca Carvalho
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback arc
Release Date: November 1, 2022
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakeries fall in love despite their families’ feud.

Trust neither thin-bottomed frying pans nor Molinas.

Lari Ramires has always known this to be true. In Olinda, Brazil, her family’s bakery, Salt, has been at war with the Molinas’ bakery across the street, Sugar, for generations. But Lari’s world turns upside down when her beloved grandmother passes away. On top of that, a big supermarket chain has moved to town, forcing many of the small businesses to close.

Determined to protect her home, Lari does the unthinkable—she works together with Pedro Molina to save both of their bakeries. Lari realizes she might not know Pedro as well as she thought—and she maybe even likes what she learns—but the question remains: Can a Ramires and a Molina truly trust one another?


Lari Ramires’s family bakery, Salt, has always been at war with the Molina’s bakery across the street, called Sugar. The feud goes back a couple of generations. When Lari’s grandmother passes away, she’s faced with the hard truth that the bakery is struggling. A new supermarket chain that has opened nearby is trying to get all of the small businesses to close. Lari is desperate to save her family’s bakery, so she teams up with Pedro Molina, the grandson of Sugar’s owner, to try to save their family legacies. 

I love this kind of star-crossed lovers story. Lari and Pedro were from feuding families, like Romeo and Juliet. The tension between them was there immediately, since their families were enemies. At the same time, they had a lot in common since their families had the same type of business with the same problems, which was a recipe for romance. 

If you read this one, I highly recommend having some sweet treats nearby because the descriptions of pastries and treats made me so hungry!

Salt and Sugar is a cute YA romance!

Thank you HCC Frenzy for sending me a copy of this book!

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Have you read Salt and Sugar? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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