Review: How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie by Gina Henning

How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie [Home for the Holidays #1] by Gina Henning
Published: November 7, 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
Format: via NetGalley
Rating: 5/5

Lauren Hauser is home for the holidays, and she’s been given a challenge: preparing her grandmother’s pecan pie. The problem? Lauren’s not famed for her baking skills. In fact, while her sister would win Star Baker every week, and her mom at least knows a sieve from a spatula, Lauren’s bakes have always been more dangerous than delicious!

Still, no Thanksgiving would be complete without dessert…which is why Lauren finds herself searching for pecans on Thanksgiving Eve. Stumbling into a gorgeous stranger laden down with bags of pecans seems like a holiday miracle…but despite Jack’s kissable lips he’s frostier than a snow cone…and out of sight before she can say ‘Macy’s Parade’!

As the clock counts down to Thanksgiving dinner, Lauren is running out of time. And without her grandmother’s perfect pecan pie it won’t be a very Happy Thanksgiving! What Lauren needs is a knight in shining armor. And it might just be that the magic of Thanksgiving will find her one after all.

My Thoughts
I was so psyched when I saw this read. There are few reads on Thanksgiving while there are tons on Christmas so this was a sight for sore eyes I was so happy when I was approved for it. This is the cutest read I’ve read in a long time, it focuses on Lauren who comes home for Thanksgiving and is set on a mission by her grandmother to bake the famous family pecan pie for Thanksgiving. While she heads out of town to get the pecans that can only be from a certain place it’s one disaster after another. Not enough pecans, her car breaks down and she is stuck in a storm. That’s when Jack appears, the perfect guy but the wrong time. However sometimes fate doesn’t understand time when its right its right. Will Lauren allow herself to just go with the flow and let nature take its course? Hopefully in the end Lauren will have something else to be thankful for.

I truly enjoyed this story on so many levels and for so many reasons.  For starters I think everyone can relate to the holidays with the family. Crazy relatives all stuck together for days which you know it will end in disaster at some point. Everyone’s always asking questions about your love life and not minding their own business, nothing screams DRAMA like the holidays. But in the end no matter what craziness happens family is family and they will always have your back. Besides the family aspect I love the whole interaction with Jack. I like how the romance was slowly built up and not force, with in my eyes made him so much more attractive. Although this is a short read about 100 pages or so you will never feel short changed at all, it’s definitely one that needs to be added to your holiday reads. Oh and by the way the next book in the series How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake will be out in early December…I can’t wait!


  1. Sounds really cute. I usually pick up a couple holiday type reads each year. enjoy

  2. I love your holiday reviews, Monica! This is great, and I think it's exciting that there will be another book in the series - so cute! Thank you for sharing this!