Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines by Katy Cannon

21797284How did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Stripes & I bought a copy

Genre: Contemporary

Previously reviewed:
Love, Lies and Lemon Pies

Synopsis: Grace: This was supposed to be Grace’s starring year, until she opened the door to a family secret that changed everything. Now she’s stuck making costumes in Sewing Club and watching someone else play the lead role – unless she can find a way to win it back.

Connor: Far from home and exiled to a new school, all Connor wants is to keep a low profile and get through the year. But agreeing to help his step-dad out with the school play means he’s soon caught up in Grace’s schemes.

Grace had a plan for this year – and it didn’t involve learning to sew. But being out of the spotlight isn’t the disaster she imagined, even if Connor is convinced she’s still a diva extraordinaire. Can Grace prove she’s really changed and save the play from the sidelines, even though her family is coming apart at the seams?

200words (or less) review: Having thoroughly enjoyed Love, Lies and Lemon Pies I was really looking forward to reading Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines (btw I love these titles).

Grace is supposedly perfect, as least she tries to be because that’s what is expected of her. So missing out on the leading role in school production of Much Ado About Nothing is unacceptable. The morning of the auditions she’s late – there is a good reason for that but it means Grace isn’t cast so now she needs a way in to get her leading role part.

Scheme:  wardrobe mistress extraordinaire, perfect understudy and being so helpful she’s indispensable to the show.

Just as Katy Cannon’s previous book I was completely swept away by the story from the moment I began reading. I think I was well past p100 before I even realised it. Grace and Connor’s relationship mirrors that of Beatrice and Benedict from Much Ado, which I loved. I also liked getting to know Grace better and how her character developed over the course of the story.

Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines is a treat. I really hope that it won’t be too long until the next Katy Cannon book is out.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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