Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: Banana Split by Josi Kilpack

From Goodreads:  Sadie Hoffmiller has survived eighteen months of nonstop adventures filled with murder, deceit, and danger. She could really use some rest—and maybe even some time to heal—relaxing in the tropical paradise of Kaua'i. However, palm trees and sunshine are not as effective a medication as Sadie had hoped. And when she finds herself entangled—literally—with a dead body, she is forced to face the compounding fears and anxieties that are making her life so difficult to live.

Her determination to stay out of danger and to focus on overcoming her anxieties soon takes a backseat when she meets eleven-year-old Charlie, the son of the woman whose body she discovered near Anahola Beach. Charlies has some questions of his own about what happened to his mother, and he is convinced that only Sadie can help him. If only Sadie were as confident in her abilities as Charlie is.

With the help of her best friend and a local social worker, Sadie dives into another mystery with the hope that, at the end, she'll be able to find the peace and closure that has eluded her.

Have you guys been reading this series?  

Josi Kilpack is a very talented author.  I've been reading her books for a long time and I really do think her books just keep getting better and better.  This culinary mystery series has so many great things going for it.  I always love the covers.  I mean, come ON!  Books with amazing desserts on the front?  Yum.  The books are also filled with recipes.  This book is set in Hawaii and some of the recipes sound dee-lish!  (If only I were a cook at heart.  Alas, I am not.  But, there are still a couple recipes that I really want to make)

So, Sadie.  Let me just say that I kind of enjoyed seeing Sadie a bit vulnerable.  She has been through some crazy stuff and I think the struggle she faces in this book will be one that many people can relate to.  Some days are so dark it takes courage just to live them.  Sadie slowly but surely found her courage to start living again.

I have to say that I missed Pete.  He seemed so far away.  (sad face) 

But, I love Hawaii.  The setting was perfect.  

Easy reading.  Clean.  A great book.  If you haven't read any of the books in this series, start at the beginning.  You have a great ride ahead of you.  :)

You can purchase Banana Split here.
You can find out more about the author, Josi Kilpack, here.

I am so happy to be a part of the blog tour for Banana Split.  My thanks to Tristi Pinkston for allowing me to participate and my thanks to Josi Kilpack for sending me an autographed copy!  It will hold a place of honor right next to all the other books in this series on my bookshelf.  :)


  1. I've followed this series from the beginning, and I'm super excited to read Banana Split. After what happened in Pumpkin Roll, I'm dying to see what's next for Sadie & Pete!

    Great review!

  2. I'm excited to see the vulnerable side of sadie as well! Plus Hawaii is amazing and I can't wait to take a bookish vacation and see it! lol :) Thanks for the review!

  3. I really like this series, but I got behind by a couple books so I haven't read this one yet. Can't wait to!

  4. I've actually never heard of this one before. Though this mystery is tempting.

    The cover looks absolutely delicious though.

  5. The book looks awesome, the cover is delicious :D

    I read your review and I think I want to read this book.

    Thanks for the review :)

  6. Sounds like great summer read!

  7. You make it sound so interesting! I think I'll add it :)


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